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VOL. 93 ISS. 6

Campus Rec adds programs

Increased funding requested

Half of the added club teams were cut Division I sports.

The university asked for about a $7 million rise in state funds.

STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News


Six club sports – baseball, softball, men’s track & field, men’s and women’s racquetball, men’s and women’s CrossFit and men’s wrestling – will be added to the department of Campus Recreation during the current school year, Steve Young, director of the department, told The Temple News last week. Nine prospective clubs sent proposals to the department between Aug. 11 and Sept. 9, and six were later selected. These six choices, which were approved on Sept. 19 by Vice President of Student Affairs Theresa Powell, include three sports cut from Division I status on July 1: baseball, softball and men’s track & field. The new clubs, along with the other additions, will mostly have to rely on fundraising to pay for their expenses, although the distribution of money varies from club to club, Young said. He added that Campus Recreation’s proposal for a budget increase had been accepted, but he hadn’t received exact details. When each club will be able to start practicing and competing depends on mul-

According to a ban enforced by the Food and Drug Administration, the sale of turtles with shells under four inches in length is illegal, due to their ability to spread salmonella to those who touch them. The legality of Robinson’s turtle sales remains in question. Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said this situation is difficult because it is out of CSS’ “realm.” “We would have to get two other entities involved; a license and inspection to see, ‘Does he have a vendor’s license, can he even sell on the sidewalk period?’” Leone said. “The other piece would be the animal issue,” he added.

Temple will request a 5 percent increase in its state appropriation for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which, if approved by June 2015, would continue funding about 16 percent of the university’s budget and cover a broad range of its expenses. If the increase is passed by the state legislature and signed by the governor, Temple’s state appropriation would grow to slightly less than $147 million – about $7 million more than the most recent allocation. Temple’s state funding has stayed flat during the past three years. For both the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, the university was denied requests for 3 percent increases in funding from the state to cover adjustments to the consumer price index, the system which determines inflation. Ken Kaiser, Temple’s chief financial officer and treasurer, said this year is “a little bit different,” as this appropriation request could potentially land on a different governor’s desk. Temple’s funding was cut under Republican Gov. Tom Corbett, who trailed Democratic candidate Tom Wolf 15





A local turtle salesman who has had the legality of his street sales called into question said he has nowhere else to go.



evin Robinson sat on the wall between Dunkin Donuts and the Qdoba Mexican Grill on Cecil B. Moore Avenue last Wednesday with his hands folded in his lap. Next to him sat about 10 cages, each filled with one tiny turtle he was selling for $20. He can be spotted here often throughout the week. “If you want $5 ones, you can go around and find somebody who’s selling some unhealthy turtles,” Robinson said. “These are healthy turtles – I take care of them really good,” he explained to a customer who would later purchase two turtles: one of each gender.


‘It still hurts’


Ryan Wheeler doesn’t go a day without thinking about his cut baseball program. EJ SMITH Sports Editor


Ryan Wheeler watched as his team disappeared. Behind the tinted glass of the front lobby in the Liacouras Center, Ryan Wheeler’s players could not see as he watched each one of them disperse a day after the team’s final game. “It was like the scene from ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’” Wheeler said. “Guys just started fading off. I had to go down into my office. When I came back up, I was able to look out, but they couldn’t see in. I watched some guys get into a car and head off down the road, a few other guys walked up Broad Street back to their apartment,

Ryan Wheeler, who now serves as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s, watches baseball practice at Smithson Field.


The end of an era for the First Unitarian Music venue First Unitarian Church will no longer host weeknight shows. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News On Sept. 21 at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church on 21st and Chestnut streets,

YACHT frontwoman Claire L. Evans stepped down from the stage, microphone in hand, to sing and dance to a crowd. “Thanks for coming to church this Sunday,” Jona Bechtolt, a founding member of the conceptual pop group, said. “I already made that joke,” Evans said. In the back, immersed with YACHT’s fans, members of the evening’s opener, punk group

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White Fang, sang along. They put their T-shirts back on after their set and stood to listen, dripped with sweat, like everyone else in the church’s basement converted music venue. “It’s in Philly. It’s a church. And you can bring beer here,” White Fang’s Erik “Free Weed” Gage said of what makes the First Unitarian Church a hidden gem to the city. YACHT and White Fang’s


show on Sept. 21 was the first since R5 Productions, the Philadelphia DIY promotions agency that has booked shows at the First Unitarian Church since 1996, announced that they will no longer host weeknight shows at the church – the side chapel and sanctuary excluded – and will only hold weekend shows. During weekdays, an afterschool group will occupy the

Brian Williams visited Temple on Sept. 26 to accept the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. Williams spoke to students in Tomlinson Theater. PAGE 7

“My writing wasn’t terribly good

that first day, but the learning process is never over.

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Uptown renovation discussed

Cleaning up the community

Girls take back the skate park

Community leaders and musicians share their thoughts on the $10 million project to overhaul the historical theater. PAGE 2

Student group Engineers Without Borders is helping beautify the Uber Street Garden. PAGE 8

Shred the Patriarchy is a group of feminists trying to take back their right to skate. PAGE 11

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STAFF REPORTS | community


Community reacts to Uptown project The former music hall sits vacant prior to its renovation. MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News


he sounds of music legends like The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5 used to reverberate through the grand hall of the Uptown Theater on Broad Street and Susquehanna Avenue, as guests from all over Philadelphia gathered in the magnificent art deco venue to join together in their love of the music. This was the scene that drew John Oates, a Temple journalism alumnus and member of the famous duo Hall & Oates, from his suburban childhood home in North Wales, Pennsylvania to the Uptown Theater weekend after weekend. The now-vacant theater, which once drew hundreds of people together to listen to the greats of rhythm and blues, was once the musical nexus of North Philadelphia. Now, a community organization is working to restore the beloved building back to its former glory. Linda Richardson, president of the Uptown Entertainment and Development Corporation and current owner of the Uptown, has grand plans for the theater. Her vision includes a 2,040-seat performance area, and an additional 50-seat area for student performances, artist lofts, office spaces and areas for community organizations to lease. Richardson calls this area

the entertainment and educational tower. There it could host a range of genres from the Uptown’s staple R&B to gospel, spoken word and rap. “Our vision is to provide opportunities for young promoters, producers and performers to be able to use the theater like it was back in the day,” Richardson said. In an interview with student media after his acceptance on Friday of a Lew Klein Alumni in the Media Award, Oates reminisced on his many trips to the venue. Having the Uptown Theater nearby was one of the factors that led him to choose to attend Temple, he said. “To me, it was a golden age of R&B music and I got to see everyone, I mean literally everyone: Otis Redding, The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, you know, all the Philadelphia groups: the Delfonics, the Intruders,” Oates said. It was at the Uptown that Oates learned to develop his craft. “I saw some of the greatest performances, I began to understand stage craft, you know, how to put a show together, what turned people on, what made girls scream,” Oates added. The famous theater opened in 1929 during the Great Depression and became a cornerstone to North Philadelphia. Originally a movie theater, it reached its height in the ‘60s as part of the chitlin circuit, a group of venues where African-American artists performed during the era of segregation. However, after violent crime grew more frequent and artists started traveling to larger venues, the theater began its de-

cline. Georgie Woods, a famous African-American radio host, produced his last show at the Uptown in 1972. In the ‘80s it reopened as a church, but was eventually shut down in 1991 after an ice storm. Richardson said she hopes now not only to restore the grandeur of the building, but to establish it as a hub for the community which will bring together all its different segments, including Temple students. “We think that the idea that the community residents and Temple students can utilize a venue that is not alien is an important statement for the community,” Richardson said. “I envision the Uptown being what it was meant to be, which is a cornerstone in this community,” said Yumy Odom, chair of the UEDC program committee. Since Richardson purchased the building in 2002, they have started the restoration of roofs, electric and plumbing systems and the terra-cotta tile along the walls. However, in order to begin stage two, which includes restoration of the lobby and auditorium, they need more funding to continue their work. “The whole goal is $8-10 million, out of that we’ve raised three,” Richardson said. Once the UEDC has raised all the necessary funds, Richardson said the restoration will take about two years to complete. She said she hopes to have the entertainment and educational tower open in 2015. That area will include a rehearsal studio, youth program offices, leasing for social services and other organizations.


Plans for the Uptown Theater include a performance area with more than 2,000 seats.

Once the building is completed, Odom said, it will house about 150 jobs for the local community. Currently, Odom is focused on the Uptown Youth got Talent Initiative, an offshoot of UEDC. He hopes the youth he works with there will become the next set of performers in the theater. Guadalupe Portillo, a block captain on the 1400 block of Norris Street and a longtime community resident, said she was hesitant to start celebrating due to the amount of time the building has been vacant. However, she said she would be happy to see the theater repurposed. “I would like to see something positive come out of it,” Portillo said. “It’s a historical landmark.” “It really is a beautiful building. It’s decayed,” Odom said. “The seats, the stage, the curtains, [are] all decayed but you can see the beauty in it, look at the old pictures, it really is a palace.” * mariam.dembele@temple.edu MAGGIE ANDRESEN TTN

The Uptown Theater, opened in 1929, was renowned as a music venue for African-American performers from 1951-1978. In 1980, it briefly reopened as a church, and has sat vacant at 2240 N. Broad

STAFF REPORTS | medical school

TUH extends coverage for remote stroke treatment Teleconferencing for suspected strokes can provide earlier diagnoses. KAYLA OATNEAL The Temple News Neurologists at Temple Hospital are now able to provide health care for a stroke at select hospitals within a 100-mile radius through their REACH Health Telemedicine Stroke Program, which is possible after the implementation of an advanced telemedicine cart. The REACH Access Telemedicine Cart connects TUH neurologists to distant “spoke” hospitals and enables them to conduct full neurology exams, medical decision-making and treatment by video conferencing. “It’s sort of like a high-resolution Skype,” said Dr. Paul Katz, director of the TUH Stroke Program. “The resolution of the video is such that I could zoom in and actually look at their pu-

pils and then zoom out and look at their whole body. With the help of a nurse or another doctor at the distant facility, I could do a full neurological exam on this particular patient.” Each spoke hospital has a telemedicine cart in its emergency department. When an acute stroke patient is received at a spoke hospital’s emergency department, Temple’s Transport Team and Comprehensive Communication Center are alerted and on-call neurologists at TUH are located. TUH is currently in a negotiation period to develop a network with spoke hospitals. Episcopal Hospital will be the first spoke hospital to participate in the stroke care program. The program will cover hospitals within a 100-mile radius of TUH. This hub-spoke relationship between TUH and other hospitals offers an advanced level of medical care to stroke patients at spoke hospitals that may not otherwise have access to the necessary components for a stroke diagnosis. “Temple is a certified stroke cen-

ter,” Katz said. “There are hospitals in the community that either don’t have access to a neurologist or don’t have the capabilities of taking care of an acute stroke patient. If you’re three hours away by car, you’re never going to get to our hospital in time to receive treatment. By using telemedicine, I can assess them and decide whether they need treatment and can make recommendations.” In addition, the system allows teams from both hospitals to access one another’s medical and laboratory records as well as radiology imaging procedures like MRIs, CT scans and Xrays for further assessment and treatment. The purpose of the program is to improve a major health issue in the United States. Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and one American dies from a stroke every four minutes on average. The CDC also reports strokes as a leading cause of adult longterm disability.

“The goal is to try to make sure that the patient doesn’t have any residual impairments as a result of having a stroke and to make sure they can return to normal life activities,” said Rosemary Nolan, chief operating officer at TUH. The program includes a multidisciplinary team, standard stroke protocols, physician recommendations, patient charting and an automated “door-toneedle” timer that can play a vital role in a time-sensitive situation. Thus, it reduces the possibility of a long-term disability. “Part of the system is an automated timer that monitors the amount of time that’s elapsing from the time they call until the time we’re able to provide the orders for t-PA administration,” Nolan said. T-PA, a new and advanced “clotbusting” medication for strokes, is recommended to be administered to patients immediately after stroke symptoms appear. This medication dissolves any blood clots that could cause a stroke.

The “door-to-needle” timer is important because it gives the neurologists the amount of time doctors have left to assess the patient and decide if t-PA can and will be administered. “The sooner they can administer the medications, the better the outcome for the patient,” Nolan said. Once exams, diagnostics and treatment are in progress at the spoke hospital, the case is further assessed to determine whether the patient needs additional medical care at TUH. If necessary, TUH will make arrangements for the patient’s transfer. “Telemedicine is a vital part of any comprehensive stroke effort,“ Katz said. “I ran a very large rural stroke network in the state of Nevada. … I can’t tell you the difference it makes for people who live in areas in which that don’t have access to tertiary medical care. Temple University is very community-oriented and this really fits along with that mission.” * kayla.oatneal@temple.edu

New app aims to organize intramural events REC*IT operates on about 870 other schools’ campuses. NATHALIE SWANN The Temple News A new mobile app that attempts to make it easier for students to organize intramural fitness events was released a month ago and has been circulating around Temple’s campus. The app is called REC*IT College by MOKO Social Me-

dia. David Oestreicher, president of REC*IT, said the app will help “establish community and connectivity” for students who participate in some form of intramural sport or fitness at least once a week. “It’s a tremendous tool for students,” Oestreicher said. Oestreicher said varsity athletics are typically wellfunded while intramural sports are unfunded. “The lack of funding has led to a lack of innovation and technological advances,” Oestreicher said.

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Oestreicher said that by creating the app, his company is “investing in [students] and in their rec sports program.” MOKO hopes its vision for REC*IT will be received well by students across campus. Oestreicher said the app is designed for students who want to “stay active and stay competitive.” “Our model and our market is the non-varsity athletes,” Oestreicher said. The app, which is now available for free to all Temple students, delivers information about intramural activities

to students’ phones including weather cancellations, scores, announcements and news. “It’s much easier to receive and digest [information] on the go,” Oestreicher said. Freshman advertising major Patrick Dallas said using the app was much easier than rifling through emails. “Going on your email is pretty tedious and it’s kind of a pain to relay messages to the rest of your team,” he said. “If everyone else had the app that’d be a lot more helpful,” Dallas said.


Daniel Bunker, an undecided freshman in the Fox School of Business, said the app “seems like an interesting concept with having all the information all together.” “It’s nice to have it all in one place instead of having to go online and check your email,” Bunker said. Jonathan Bowdler, an undecided freshman who recently downloaded the app after joining an intramural soccer team at Temple, found it “very convenient to look at your schedule and have everything all in one

place.” Oestreicher said around 870 schools adopted the app and endorse it, and “it’s live on all these campuses, including Temple.” “We’ll continue to expand the community environment and the social environment of REC*IT as we launch new releases in the coming months, and especially as we plan for REC*IT 2.0 next semester in the spring,” Oestreicher said. * nathalie.swann@temple.edu





Baseball at Temple will continue to be offered as a club sport.

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Cecil B. Moore Avenue received its name from the famed civil rights activist.

Google Maps removes ‘Temple Town’ nickname University officials said they did not support the name. TIM MULHERN The Temple News Google has removed the name “Temple Town” from Google Maps following a community petition that garnered university support requesting the change. The informal term refers to the area surrounding Main Campus, but conflicted with the neighborhood name, the Cecil B. Moore Community. In an address to the residents of the Cecil B. Moore Community, Christine Brown ﹘ a resident in charge of the community organization, Beech Community Services ﹘ shared a response she said was from Ken Lawrence, senior vice

president for government, community and public relations at Temple. “Temple University is not in any way responsible for this designation on Google Maps or anywhere else it might appear” Lawrence wrote in an email to Brown. “Temple University does not support or promote the use of this designation to refer to any neighborhood in North Philadelphia. On this issue, we are in absolute and complete agreement. We do not support the use of ‘Temple Town’ to refer to any neighborhoods.” Lawrence did not return multiple requests for comment by The Temple News. The letter also states the university will work with the surrounding communities to remove the name “Temple Town” from online services when referring to the Cecil B. Moore Community and North Central

Philadelphia. “Countless residents that I spoke with, young and old are highly offended by the use of the name,” Christine Brown, a member of the Beech Community, told The Temple News in an email. “Our Consortium of Cecil B. Moore Organizations will continually engage and be vigilant about maintaining the identity of the Cecil B. Moore Neighborhood. More dialogue between the developers and the community must take place. The residents need to be included in the plans for their neighborhood and they must have real ownership in the community.” The area, between Broad Street to the east and 24th Street to the west and Girard Avenue to the south and Susquehanna Avenue to the north, wishes to keep the history of the neighborhood intact by honoring the life

money,” Robinson said. “I could be robbing people, selling drugs or whatever it is to get money in a negative way, but I chose to come here and sell healthy turLeone said the Society for the Preven- tles.” As a Muslim, Robinson explained tion of Cruelty to Animals’ investigative team will be contacted about the turtles. A that it is a part of his religious beliefs to Philadelphia-based SPCA representative care for the turtles that he sells. Robinson said the turtle sales would only be in their said that he has sold so many turtles, he has lost count. jurisdiction if cruelty was involved. “If you’re going to get into someAccording to the FDA, salmonella symptoms usually appear within six to 72 thing, you should learn about it,” he said. hours after an interaction with the bacteria “Especially with animals or living creaand can last two to seven days. Symptoms tures or anything of that sort, you definiteinclude fever, stomach pain, nausea, diar- ly need to know how to take care of them rhea, fever and headache. Usually, those and a little bit about them.” Robinson said his busiafflicted recover on ness the sale of their own. I could be turtles.goesBybeyond setting up near Robinson said he robbing people, Main Campus, he believes he purchases the turtles opened up communication from a source who selling drugs or has between himself and the stubuys them in bulk, whatever it is to dents. He also views himself but he wouldn’t proa role model to the children vide further details. get money ... but I as living in the community. He claimed none of “When they see me standhis clientele have ever chose to come here ing here and they walk up to returned with comand sell healthy me, they automatically respect plaints of feeling ill. turtles. me because they see what I’m “I always tell my doing – I’m not selling drugs,” customers whenever they deal with them Kevin Robinson/ turtle salesman he said. “I can give them advice because they look up to to always wash their hands, and that’s with every animal,” me a little bit.” According to the FDA, infectious disRobinson said. Senior media studies and production ease specialists estimate the ban on small major Jackie Corbett said she purchased turtles prevents 100,000 salmonella infecher turtle from a merchant along Cecil B. tions in U.S children each year. Children Moore Avenue near 15th Street last April. are among those at the highest risk for The turtle’s name is Sal, short for sal- contracting salmonella. If Robinson is banned from selling monella, an illness Corbett said she never his turtles, he said he does not know what contracted after purchasing him. “He just said, ‘OK, wash your hands else he will do for money. “Let’s say I am banned from doing so you don’t get [salmonella],’” Corbett said. “But he didn’t tell me anything about this,” Robinson said. “Then, that puts how long [the turtle] was going to live — pressure on me because, you know, I had a then I Googled it and saw that it would nice situation where I am making honest, legal money and, you know, enjoying the live for, like, 70 years!” Corbett said that although she knows good, and you are pushing me away from that the sale of these turtles is illegal, there that. So, what else do you want me to do?” are worse crimes occurring in the city to * cindy.stansbury@temple.edu give attention to. “Here in the city of Philadelphia where I was raised, there are so many different things that I could be doing to make

of Moore, a Philadelphia lawyer and City Council member who worked to desegregate schools and increase representation of poor African Americans. “This community was named the Cecil B. Moore Neighborhood long before many or most of the students were born,” Brown said. “All the residents are asking for is respect and inclusion.” Zach Winger, a sophomore music education major, lives in an off-campus apartment said he is indifferent to the change. “I wouldn’t say I have a strong preference for either name,” Winger said. “I prefer the title ‘Cecil B. Moore Community,’ but I find the whole argument ironic given Cecil B. Moore’s life and what he stood for.” * timothy.mulhern@temple.edu

crease exactly was. When each club will be able to start practicing and competing depends on multiple factors, but the main task each one now faces is drafting a constitution, Young said. This document will indicate club leaders, facilities each club will use, scheduling, as well as other logistics. Young added that because of all the moving parts, the clubs that are more likely to begin this fall are racquetball and CrossFit, because they are easier to establish than the other four clubs. Because of this, all the others will likely start in the spring at the earliest. With these six new additions, the total number of clubs sponsored by Temple moves to 35. In order to compensate for the increased workload, Campus Recreation has added two full-time members to its staff, which includes Sarah Shouvlin as the new assistant director of Sports Clubs who started on Sept. 15. Peter Derstine, the Sports Club coordinator, said adding Shouvlin will be a huge help in his efforts to implement the six new clubs, as well as keeping the existing ones running smoothly. “It adds that much more oversight to the clubs,” Derstine said. “It will be much better in the administrative side of things and [be more] efficient in those ways.” Shouvlin, who last worked at the University of Baltimore

as the assistant director of Competitive Sports, said her past experience in the field will help her in his new position at Temple. “It hasn’t been too bad, considering my previous work experience,” Shouvlin said. “I think I was able to come in and get a feel for what’s going on.” Shouvlin added that she had already met with the leaders of each of the six added clubs, helping with organization and the logistics of starting each club efficiently. “Since they’re in the early stages of coming into the program, I’m able to begin the process with them and help them become fully recognized,” Shouvlin said. Gabe Pickett, a recent track & field alumnus, has helped sort out the paperwork and other logistics for the club. Pickett, who graduated in Fall 2014 and competed as a jumper this past spring, said he is excited about keeping the sport running at Temple, no matter the level. “The biggest thing I want to come out of this is longevity,” Pickett said. “I want this to be something that is here for years to come, either until or after they reinstate track as a varsity sport. Track is a very popular sport … especially in the city of Philadelphia, so to be able to have that sport in some kind of capacity at Temple is very important.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu EJ Smith contributed reporting.

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Jackie Corbett purchased Sal, her pet turtle, from a vendor on Cecil B. Moore Avenue near 15th Street last spring.




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A well-founded request The university formally As a result of this weak requested a five percent rise in support from the state and the Temple fundsteady decline Pennsylvania state ing today that, in appropriaif passed as is, government should gear its tions value due would roughly priorities toward university to inflation, the bring in an university has funding. additional $7 had to cut promillion in state grams and raise funding for the university. tuition for years. Getting this funding apTemple is not the only pears to be an uphill fight, state-related institution in this however, as state funding for situation. Temple has been in an overall Penn State raised its indecline since the economic restate tuition to be the second cession in 2008, despite which highest among public institupolitical party was in power. tions in the country, accordSince then, Temple has lost ing to the US News & World $33 million in state funding, Report. Penn State announced nearly a fifth of its 2007- 2008 Sept. 19 that it has requested commonwealth appropriation a 6 percent rise in funding, level. which is higher than Temple’s Moreover, the state has a request. bad record. Moreover, the Univer“Pennsylvania doesn’t resity of Pittsburgh’s in-state ally do a good job of funding tuition was ranked highest in public education,” Ken Kaithe country for this academic ser, Temple’s chief financial year. Pitt had not announced officer and treasurer, told The its appropriation request as of Temple News last week. Monday night. According to a College Temple, along with the Board funded report of state other state-related schools, is higher education funding, correct to ask for a rise in state Pennsylvania was ranked No. funds. A change in priorities 46 among all states in dollars from the state government is provided to its public institulong overdue. tions two years ago. Even in Therefore, The Temple 2008, when Temple received News supports Temple’s reits highest appropriation in request for an increase in comcent years, the commonwealth monwealth appropriations and only ranked No. 43 in that reurges the state government to port. adopt the proposal.

Reinstate student readership In 2012, two university ofcouraged students who may fices cancelled subscriptions to not normally read news to pick The New York up a copy – The university should Times readerand The New ship program. York Times provide students with The proremains more free copies of national gram, which is reliable than a newspapers. used in colleges simple Google nation-wide, allowed Residensearch about important world tial Life and Student Activities events. to pay a flat rate for students The Temple News, alto pick up free copies of the though it’s only published newspaper in the Student Cenweekly, is available in print ter. free of charge in kiosks around Two years later, the proMain Campus. We’re proud to gram remains extinct. offer high-quality news mateChris Carey, associate rial to students who deserve director of Student Activiit, and we don’t think printed ties, told The Temple News he newspapers need to be obsofeared the papers were being lete. Often, our staff will hand utilized mainly by faculty. the papers out to students and In addition, many feel that faculty. the printed word has become Most students are not fiobsolete. nancially well-off enough to It’s true that many people afford expensive subscripobtain the news online, but betions, but that does not mean lieving newspapers to be frivothey deserve to feel out-of-thelous is a toxic attitude – espeloop. cially when it affects college We hope offices on Main students. Campus will reconsider a deAs a major publication, cision that may be preventing The New York Times does not students from being well-inoffer all of its material for free formed. online. Actions like this may well Having physical copies keep the printed word from bereadily available for free encoming obsolete.

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Sept. 25, 1973: Temple students signed a petition to keep their beloved food trucks on Main Campus. Today, dozens of food trucks line the streets around Main Campus.

Commentary | Community

A story of abandonment The city should spend more of its funding on North Philadelphia.


ay 21, 1995 – an otherwise normal day – was anything but that for the community of 18th and Diamond

streets. The opening of Diamond Park, a circular park surrounded by vibrant, green trees, was an incipient step toward what Marjorie Valbrun of the Inquirer called a “renaissance” in North Philadelphia. Valbrun wrote that “the roses will climb the arbor, creating the illusion of a huge, rose-covered ROMSIN MCQUADE pavilion,” and that students at nearby schools would want to have their graduation pictures taken there. I wish she were right. Today, there are no more graduation pictures. As for the roses, they’ve stopped growing – in fact, the only sign of growth is the rust that coats the green fencing. It’s a story many have heard before. What befell Diamond Park encapsulates North Philadelphia’s history as a story of abandonment. In contrast, just months ago the Penn’s Landing neighborhood saw yet another project develop – Spruce Street Harbor Park, which was touted as a “summer popup park complete with a boardwalk, urban beach, floating barges, mist walk, lily pad gardens and more” on its website. The park, which opened on June 27, drew in more than 35,000 visitors on a weekly basis, according to Philadelphia Magazine. These visitors managed to not only satisfy a growing appetite for tourism in a starved city, but also succeed a threshold, ultimately causing the park to extend its stay by one month. Admission, which is free, can certainly be listed as a contributing cause to the park’s success. Fast forward two months and the city praised yet another major develop-

ment – Dilworth Park, the site of a newly renovated outdoor plaza, featuring a café, green space, a fountain and yes, even an ice skating rink. Dilworth Park is a Center City District venture that cost more than $55 million. Both projects were undertaken in the same zip code, 19106, which has a median household income of $93,222, the wealthiest in the entire city, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia 2013: The State of the City Report. Meanwhile, Temple and its surrounding zip codes clocked in at the polar opposite of that spectrum, holding the title of the poorest zip codes in the city. The crux, said Temple Emeritus Professor of History and Community and Regional Planning Dr. James Hilty, is that the city “does not see North Philadelphia as being a commercially viable district.” But it wasn’t always this way: North Philadelphia’s halcyon days were ones when the Avenue of the Arts housed a glamorous opera house. In addition, Hilty said Temple’s Tomlinson Theater and Rock Hall held a number of performances. Even when the area’s economy didn’t necessarily flourish, its art scene surely did, so why can’t this paradigm be reconciled today? Dr. Hilty said that on numerous occasions, Philadelphia had assisted businesses in moving out of North Philadelphia. There are no words to describe the situation other than abandonment. On the other hand, Alan Greenberger, Philadelphia’s Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce, said, “It’s a mistake to say that nothing is going on in North Philly.” Greenberger cited recent development projects that the city has undertaken, like the Center for the Urban Child expansion at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and a senior center at 24th and Allegheny streets. “The market conditions in North Philadelphia are fundamentally different than they are in Center City,” Greenberger said. “And market conditions count for a great deal for where and how development happens.”

But that doesn’t mean no action can be taken. “The government can help push [development], but in weak markets, it can take additional public support, like tax credits,” Greenberger said. Greenberger said federal budget cuts have hindered growth and the Community Development Block Grant Program, which has been cut almost 40 percent in recent times, has forced the city to “rally money around key programs,” like those that stopped foreclosures. “When money gets cut, we’ve made priority – and it’s not around sexy, highprofile projects,” he said. Michael Roberson Reid, the executive director of Tree House Books at Carlisle Street and Susquehanna Avenue, said he feels it’s unwise to place accountability on one group or system. “There are a myriad of options that are weighed when a decision is being made,” he said. “[But] I do have strong concerns about investment, or lack thereof, in North Philadelphia.” The problem, Reid said, is not singular. “There are all these factors at play that make a community – residents, business – and then there are government institutions,” he said. “What ends up happening is that we’re under this belief that one institution by itself can fix things. If we’re all under agreement that there’s something we want to see improve, it’s going to take all of those institutions working together to bring a solution that we want.” And that solution is attainable. Ultimately, while the city should not stop making Dilworth and Spruce Street Harbor parks, it certainly seems that, at the time being, great efforts could go toward redirecting those projects to areas that could use a much-needed economic boost. And while tax abatements are given throughout the city, there can, and should, be additional incentives targeted toward areas in low-income neighborhoods like North Philadelphia. * romsin.mcquade@temple.edu




Commentary | Community

Commentary | LGBTQ

Main Campus will remain a safe space

Unethical pet care practice

Most LGBTQ students feel comfortable on campus despite a recent assault on a gay Philadelphia couple.



fter a gay couple was recently assaulted in Center City, I worried that Temple’s LGBTQ community would not feel safe on Main Campus. Fortunately, that does not seem to be the case. Temple has managed to create and maintain an environment with policy, programs and student organizations that allow students to feel comfortable being open about their identity and sexuality. On Sept. 11, a group of 15 people assaulted a gay couple. The incident was widely publicized, generating outrage over Pennsylvania state laws that left acts of violence toward the LGBTQ community – a widespread group that therefore uses varying acronyms – outside of the hate crime banner. Despite many concluding the assault was a “hate crime,” the VINCE BELLINO commonwealth of Pennsylvania does not recognize assaults based on sexual orientation as such. On Sept. 25, Jim Kenney and Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduced language that would amend the city code to “ensure crimes motivated by a victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability are considered hate crimes in the city,” Philadelphia Magazine reported. Reynolds-Brown is confident the proposal will be passed as soon as November. “It didn’t scare us,” Mitch Wise, junior communications studies major and president of the Queer Student Union said about the assault. According to the LGBTQIA section of the Wellness Resource Center’s website, “Temple University seeks to create a supportive environment for all students, faculty, and staff.” This mission appears to have been ongoing at Temple, and it’s impacted me on a personal level. My uncle, Damian Bellino, who graduated from Temple in 2007, told me he felt his sexuality was accepted at Temple. “I always felt safe coming to campus,” he said. “I always felt encouraged to speak my point of view.” Current student experiences indicate that feelings of acceptance continue to transcend mere sentiment – actions daily throughout the student and faculty bodies make campus a safe place for every member of the community. Wise said that while each person may have different feelings about the situation, he feels the Center City assault as a whole has only brought the Temple LGBTQ community closer together. Another student wished to remain anonymous because he does not feel comfortable coming out about his sexuality. However, he said that it is not the environment created on campus that makes him reluctant to be open, but rather “the expectations that we have for queer people. “Being a queer man, I’ll never be equal to the straight man, no matter how hard I try,” the freshman history major said. “If it is known that I am bisexual, [with] every masculine endeavor in which I partake, I will have to try twice as hard to get half the results.” The student is also a member of a club sports team and is wary of opening himself up as a target for ridicule and speculation in and out of the locker room, citing Michael Sam, the NFL’s first gay player. Sam was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft to the St. Louis Rams and later released. He is now on the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad, but he constantly endures reporter presence and fan speculation that his spot on the team was given because of his sexuality and not earned by his playing ability. “I’m a big sports fan,” the anonymous student said. “In the social circles that I run in, it would just be very difficult to be open about my sexuality.” This student’s experience makes it clear that some groups accept the LGBTQ community more readily than others. Wise said he strives for QSU to be safe until those other groups catch up. “We definitely have members that are in the closet ... It’s totally anonymous. It’s their safe place to come and not worry,” he said. Zeke Riggin, a freshman linguistics major, feels that Temple’s administration as a whole has provided important services to help them feel more comfortable in their gender. Riggin is a trans student whose preferred set of pronouns is “they/them.” “I like knowing that there are unisex bathrooms,” Riggin said. “That’s a small thing and there aren’t a whole lot of them, but they do have some on campus.” Along with unisex bathrooms, Riggin said all of their professors have been good about understanding their identity, despite what is listed on the roster. Wise said he believes very much in the community created at the university. “This whole body is a team,” he said. Temple has a substantial, thriving LGBTQ community and has an obligation to make it feel safe. I have seen people who I love face judgement and ostracization for expressing themselves when they need and deserve a safe environment. Until such time as every place is safe for the LGBTQ community, it’s vital that such safe environments exist. Thankfully, Main Campus has done just that – through staff and student behaviors, policies and student organizations, Temple fosters an environment that accepts and values every member of its community.

“Feelings of

acceptance continue to transcend mere sentiment.

* vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF

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Students purchasing turtles from off-campus street vendors are unwittingly putting themselves and the animals in danger. hen I saw the huge throng of schoolchildren gathered on the sidewalk off Cecil B. Moore Avenue, I was curious as to why they were so excited. After what seemed like an innocent exchange, the students began to trail off, each bearing a smile and a small plastic cage. When I investigated the cages, I found multiple aquatic turtles “swimming” in insufficient water and neon gravel. As a self-proclaimed turtle enthusiast, I was not pleased with the living conditions that these reptiles were forced to endure. The “special offer” of the hour was a hatchling and cage for $10. The merchants eventually TAYLOR SPOON admitted to me that their standard price ranges from $10-20. When asked about their reasoning for selling the turtles, one of the men spoke about his hardship, emphasizing that he is doing “whatever is easy right now.” “We do this because we could be selling or using drugs or robbing people,” another merchant said. “We choose to sell healthy turtles and make an honest living.” I’ll agree that the illegal sale of turtle hatchlings is not perceived by the court to be as severe as theft or drug deals. However, it is a completely different issue and should not be compared to such crimes. This is an animal welfare concern. Imagine if these turtles were newborn puppies – I imagine this would elicit much more action from the police and animal welfare groups. It is important to perceive the welfare of

handling and hand washing after an encounter with your reptile. Without proper instruction and reminders about this, many forget the danger that their turtles pose to them. The Public Health Services Act of 1975 banned the distribution or sale of turtles fewer than four inches long to address the growing incidence of Salmonella in the American population. The Humane Society estimates the cost of preparing to buy a turtle to be $1,200. This figure does not include the turtle or the cost of caring for the turtle after the initial set up. Turtle ownership is a massive responsibility that requires multifarious care. When turtles are bought off the street, the people who purchase them are not subjected to what I deem the “Petco shaming” of the corporate pet store. In most cases, the employees of businesses like Petco practically interrogate you when they get the notion that you are going to purchase one of their animals. I remember walking into Petco thinking I was going to walk out with a goldfish and actually walking out in a shroud of shame. The employees ask questions to ensure that your home is already filled with the equipment needed to accommodate an animal of any kind and that you are going to be able to serve the animal’s best interests. This serves an extremely important purpose as they are protecting the animals from living in environments where they will not get the highest standard of care. Street merchants don’t offer this same form of interrogation in their services. In fact, they are practically handing the animals to those who pass. The same turtles that they transport in their clear plastic back-


the turtles the same as we perceive the welfare of our beloved dogs. The men said there were many occasions where Temple students walked by and claimed that the selling and housing of hatchlings in an insufficient container is inhumane. “Of course it’s inhumane,” one of the merchants said. “These turtles aren’t human.” That kind of statement should stand as a first warning against buying a turtle from these men. Though these merchants claim they are trying to make an honorable living, selling these turtles is anything but. The sale of hatchling turtles puts the individuals who buy them at extreme risk for illnesses, particularly salmonella. As a former turtle owner, I can speak to this issue. The veterinarian in my hometown would lecture relentlessly about proper

packs to Temple are housed in crates and are packed on top of each other with no regard for the turtles’ safety. Bedding this industry allows the further perpetuation of turtle deaths and illegal sales. As responsible students, it is important to recognize it’s not OK to financially back a business that puts living creatures at risk for illness and death. While what these turtle salesmen are doing is not as bad as selling drugs, they are exploiting these tiny animals as well as the people who buy them. These dishonest merchants are attempting to profit off a helpless animal that would be much safer living in the wild. Temple students should not support an illegal industry that encourages the improper handling and care for these gentle reptiles. * taylor.spoon@temple.edu

Commentary | politics

In mayoral race, student involvement necessary Students can use low voter turnout as way to advance Democratic candidates.


f Philadelphia’s more than 1.5 million residents, about 1.0 million are registered to vote. Of those, roughly 800,000 are registered Democrats, 120,000 are Republicans and about 80,000 unaffiliated. Philadelphia also operates closed primaries, whereby you may only vote in the primary of the party for which you are registered. Thus, due to the nearly five-to-one advantage Democrats hold over all challengers, in any given election cycle the Democratic primary serves as the de facto general election. Next May brings KEVIN TRAINER one such election. Then, Philadelphia voters will have the opportunity to nominate the democrat who will in all certainty become the city’s next mayor. And, if recent history is any indication, most voters will stay home. The last time Philadelphia elected a new mayor was in 2007. In that year’s primary, then-Councilman Michael Nutter won but claimed just 37 percent of all Democratic votes cast. And despite that election’s importance – and hiring the city’s chief executive really is important – only 39 percent of those registered exercised their franchise. Doing the math, a mere 14 percent of registered Democrats, in an overwhelmingly blue-town, voted for a Michael Nutter mayorship. Terry Gillen, a former top aide to Nutter who earlier this month became the first candidate to formally enter the race, said

she worries what low turnout means for the future vibrancy of the city. “My generation [of the 1970s and 1980s] was a very political generation,” Gillen said. “And we got a lot done. I understand why people, especially young people, do not trust government. But I hope the current generation can get the passion for politics back.” In a strict sense, why people vote is itself peculiar. The chance your vote will influence the outcome of an election, especially an election with 100,000-plus votes cast, as this one most likely will be, is effectively zero. And there are at least some costs – registering to vote, traveling to the polling station, researching which candidate would best represent your interests, and so on. Moreover, there are few costs to not voting. Because it is done in secret, you are under no obligation to reveal which candidate, if any, you supported. But people do vote, suggesting the benefits of voting are more than just the chance to influence an election. Many people vote because they want to signal affiliation or solidarity with a candidate, like you do with a brand. People also vote to express approval or disapproval, like a cheer or boo at a sporting event. And people vote to effectuate ownership in government, much in the same way owning a stock constitutes ownership in a company. It is surely more difficult to criticize the results of representation when you did not participate in electing the representative. Despite these benefits, voter turnout in Philadelphia continues to decline. During last May’s primary election – an election which included selecting Democratic Party’s gubernatorial nominee – just 20 per-

“Philadelphia’s political

elite have chosen suppression as a strategy.


cent turned out, even with the least popular incumbent governor in the union. The most obvious explanation for why voter turnout continues to fall is that Philadelphia’s political elite have chosen suppression as a strategy. And for good reason: in a city still governed by an anachronistic ward structure and special interests, it is much easier to avoid persuading people to vote than persuading people to vote like you. I hope this election season is different. Philadelphia, although it’s still behind the curve in many ways, is beginning a renaissance. Population is on the rise; young families are remaining; bike lanes are multiplying; housing is affordable; companies are starting and growing. I hope the candidates unburdened by the anointment of the so-called powers that be reject institutional support and attempt to cast their net wider. Proof positive of this strategy – go with me – came in 2008, when then-Senator Barack Obama lacked much institutional support yet cast his net wide, especially among the young. “This election is a huge opportunity to involve young people in the race for mayor. It’s the first [mayor’s] race post-Obama,” Gillen said. The Philadelphia mayor’s race is not the race for president – it’s not that sexy. But then again, the president can’t fix your potholes. Like in 2008, serious political engagement can begin on college campuses. Temple enrolls almost 40,000 students. Many already live and work in the city and hope to do so for years to come. In 2007, it took just 106,805 votes to become mayor. There are voting blocs yet untouched. And ignoring them may for now be a winning strategy, but I hope not for long. * kevin.trainer@temple.edu T @kevinptrainer




EXCLUSIVE | state funding


Clemson University indefinitely banned all social activities for its 24 fraternities a day after the death of a sophomore on Sept. 22. The South Carolina school said the ban was due to reports of alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct but would not connect the decision to the student’s death. Local law enforcement officials said there is no evidence linking Tucker Hipps’ death to hazing. Hipps was running before dawn with fellow fraternity members when, authorities said, he started to fall behind. He was later reported missing by fraternity members after he did not show up at breakfast. His body was found later that day under a bridge. Authorities said he fell more than 20 feet to his death. The university has not announced when the ban will end. The university’s president told HuffPost College that it didn’t want to put a deadline on the ban “to give everyone plenty of time to think.” –Marcus McCarthy



Zaria Estes, the 15-year-old who is accused of assaulting a Temple student by hitting her in the face with a brick in March, will schedule her trial tomorrow. Estes’ scheduling conference was confirmed in a decertification hearing held in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County around 10 a.m. on Sept. 26, attended by Estes and her parents. Prior to Friday’s proceedings, Estes’ most recent court activity was a Sept. 9 hearing which confirmed she would be tried as an adult. Judge Benjamin Lerner, who has presided over Estes’ pre-trial hearings since May, will hand over the role to Judge Michael Erdos for the October scheduling conference. At Friday’s hearing, Lerner announced his denial of Estes’ motion to reconsider, which her lawyer, William Davis McFadden, filed on Sept. 12. Estes, who was arrested March 26, faces charges of aggravated assault, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime with intent, terroristic threats with intention to terrorize another, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. The maximum sentence for aggravated assault in Pennsylvania is 20 years in prison. The March 21 incident happened on the 1700 block of Norris Street when Estes and two 16-year-old girls allegedly harassed a Temple student before Estes reportedly hit her in the face with a brick. The student suffered a mild concussion and a fractured jaw. The two 16-year-olds were initially charged as adults, but those charges were later dropped. –Joe Brandt


The Board of Trustees’ Athletics Committee met in back-to-back sessions at Sullivan Hall Wednesday afternoon – a roughly 20-minute public meeting followed by an executive session. Athletic Director Kevin Clark said his department is searching for a new primary apparel vendor for the school’s Division I programs. The university’s contract with Under Armour, which began in 2010, will run out after Fiscal Year 2015 ends on June 30, 2015. “I’ve decided to take it to the market,” Clark told those in attendance. “Not that we’re dissatisfied with Under Armour, but … you have Adidas out there, you have Nike out there, and to create that competition within those vendors will really help us get a better deal.” In the meeting, Clark said the department will assess various vendors within the next 30 days, and will likely have one selected by the end of the 2014 calendar year. The new apparel contract will take effect starting July 1, 2015. Clark also cited Temple’s increased television coverage with its football and basketball programs as reason to test the market. “Under Armour’s been a great partner for us,” Clark told The Temple News after the meeting. “It’s always good to take to the market to see how competitive it is. … It’s a deadline I set, in a sense, so we have enough time to do an assessment. After 30 days, we get to go through our assessment and see what’s best for our department.” Clark said that while he is shopping for other potential vendors, a potential contract renewal with Temple’s apparel supplier of the last four years is still a possibility. “We have a great relationship with Under Armour and they see the movement,” Clark said. “They see that we’re doing things to take our program to the next level and they could be a major player in this deal.” Other items discussed at the meeting included a fall sports review and a preview of the men’s basketball schedule. –Andrew Parent

President Theobald spoke at a state appropriations hearing in February as part of the 2014-15 budget negotiations.

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points in polling results released last week. Wolf and Corbett will go head-to-head in this November’s elections. Kaiser likened the flat funding from the state to having a job but needing a raise after expenses rise. “If your rent and car payment go up and your favorite restaurant charges more, but your salary stays the same, now all of a sudden it’s not worth as much,” he said. “You’re actually doing worse off with the same amount of money.” Budget appropriation requests are due to the state government today. Penn State, another state-related school, announced at a Sept. 19 meeting of its board of trustees that it would request a 6 percent increase in state funding to cover a new “entrepreneur-in-residence” program and additional funding for the Hershey Medical Center. With the passing of that increase, Penn State’s commonwealth funding would swell to $307 million. “We’re all going to get the same increase,” Kaiser said. “I hope [Penn State] gets 6 [percent], because that means we would, too.” Whether or not the proposed increase could pass will depend on state politics. Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, leads the university’s lobbying efforts in Harrisburg. “The state will look at its own revenues before determining our funding,” Lawrence said. “We have a lot of bipartisan support, but the state’s decision really comes down to economics,” he added. Lawrence said one lawmaker who was particularly supportive of increased funding for Temple was Republican Jake Corman of the 34th Senatorial District, who chairs the Appropriations committee. “He’s been a leading champion for funding higher education,” Lawrence said. Corman’s office did not return a request for comment by press time. Another supportive state senator is

Democrat Larry Farnese, whose 1st district includes Center City, South Philadelphia and other Philadelphia neighborhoods. Farnese also serves on the senate appropriations committee. Cameron Kline, Farnese’s communications director, said Farnese would support increasing funding for Temple. “We’d hope that it could happen,” Kline said. Lawrence declined to name specific legislators who weren’t as supportive of Temple, but noted that most were conserva-


















tive Republicans not from the Philadelphia area. Kaiser said a main issue stemming from flat funding was having to balance cuts and tuition increases. “We can’t just say, ‘Well, the state cut

funding,’ and then push it all onto the students,” Kaiser said. “You have to cut some services, too.” Temple has cut $110 million from its budget in the past three years, he said. Penn State has received flat funding for the past four years. “Internal reallocations, targeted budget reductions, strong enrollments and delaying planned additional budget support for facilities allow us to propose only a modest tuition increase,” Lisa Powers, a Penn State spokesperson, said in an email. In July, Temple announced it would raise tuition by about 3.69 percent, effective this year. That same month, Penn State increased its tuition about 2.73 percent. “Pennsylvania doesn’t really do a good job of funding public education,” Kaiser said. He added that “it’s been going on for decades,” and wasn’t the fault of a particular governor. According to the most recent State Higher Education Finance report, Pennsylvania has cut funding to public higher education by about 20 percent during the past five years. Through the past five years, Temple has only seen an increase in commonwealth appropriations once despite requesting a raise each year. In 2011, Corbett proposed cutting Temple’s funding by more than half, which if passed would have been the biggest cut in Commonwealth appropriations since the state-related system was created in the 1960s. Instead, there was a 20 percent cut in funding, or roughly $32 million. The year following those cuts, Temple received a five percent rise in commonwealth appropriations. Since 2012, Temple has seen level funding at $139.9 million. Prior to 2012, the last time Temple received a raise in funding was in 2007. The new governor is expected to announce his 2015-16 budget in February, and President Theobald will testify about the requested appropriation sometime in March. The legislature and governor will negotiate until the final version is due on June 30. * news@temple-news.com ( 215.204.7419

TSG launches Snapchat account Student leaders said the program will be used for promoting campus events. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Temple Student Government added Snapchat as its newest social media platform Sept. 18. One of TSG’s initiatives at the beginning of the semester was to add another way for students to interact. “It was a way we could make it personal for people,” Ben Palestino, manager for social media, said. The purpose of the Snapchat account is to interact directly with the student body, inform students of current events happening around Main Campus, and show different perspectives of Temple life. Included in TSG’s “snaps” are pictures from football games, events like President Theobald’s cookout on Sept. 18 at the Founder’s Garden, and even squirrels around Main Campus. “[We] want to make it very broad in what people can send to us and what we can send as well,” said Brittany Lewis, di-

rector of communications. “Every aspect of Temple – we want students to see that whole package.” Lewis runs the Snapchat account with Palestino. In the first three days, the TSG Snapchat garnered around 90 followers. “We basically want to get it out to as many current students, prospective students and alumni as we possibly can,” Palestino said. Lewis and Palestino said that TSG’s purpose is to act as a voice for the student body and to advocate for changes on campus. One such change Palestino said Snapchat can be used to advocate for is a potentially smoke-free environment on campus. “If a student is seeing a bunch of people smoking and the air doesn’t look too well, they can Snapchat a picture of that to us and it could give us information on how to make things better,” Palestino said. Students studying abroad in London have also interacted with TSG’s Snapchat account. “It isn’t limited to Main Campus,” Lewis said. TSG posted the snap from a student studying abroad on the TSG Instagram ac-

count. “That led to people seeing that TSG has a Snapchat,” Palestino said. “It was good advertising for us.” Companies outside of TSG are using Snapchat as an additional marketing outlet along with other social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. According to mashable.com, Taco Bell used the app in May 2013 to inform consumers of the return of the Beefy Crunch Burrito. Karmaloop and Grub Hub used Snapchat to alert customers of current sales and coupons. Jalen Blot, director of campus life and diversity, said that his interaction with TSG’s Snapchat account is “just like [interacting] with anybody else.” Ray Smeriglio, student body president, said a Snapchat account would “[make] it a lot more fun for students to see what [TSG] is doing outside of the suit-and-tie meetings every day.” * lian.parsons@temple.edu





Aperture, a student-run photography program, is expanding to include more members and spread its prominence in the ciy. PAGE 16

Members of Engineers without Borders spend time cleaning local parks in effort to combine community service and engineering skills. PAGE 8




The Freeman Foundation provides scholarships to qualifying students who want to study in East Asia. ONLINE PAGE 7

Campus Rec rewards active students Students can log their physical activity at the IBC and Pearson and McGonigle Halls to receive benefits this fall. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News


orking out just became a little bit more rewarding for students. Temple’s Campus Recreation has just re-launched its Fitness Mezzanine and Swim into Shape rewards programs this fall. Both aim to provide incentives for students who exercise. “We wanted to do something interactive to get people to get to know the program,” John Doman, associate director of Campus Recreation, said. “We’ve done a lot of promotion here as well as a lot of cross promotion at the [recreation center] since it’s so packed.” The Fitness Mezzanine opened in PearsonMcGonigle Hall in November 2012. Doman said the fitness center was not really promoted until recently, making it somewhat less popular for gym goers. Though the Fitness Mezzanine does not produce the foot traffic of the International Blue Cross Recreation Center, Doman said the smaller size of the space is attractive in a way. allan barnes TTN “It’s one of those things where it’s actually Students play basketball in the Fitness Mezzanine of Pearson and McGonigle Halls. Students can receive activity rewards through two fitness programs. a good thing,” Doman said. “We have equipment “Just by being open, the numbers will inlike the IBC has — like treadmills, and ellipticals — it’s really there to give students an incentive to machines, eight selectorized pieces, interactive work out. Xbox Kinect and Nintendo Wii gaming stations crease,” he said. “With the pool we used to break — but if students want a smaller environment “I really like to see people grow through exand two heavy bag and two speed bag workout up the hours – we had a morning swim and then to work out in, this is a good place for them to ercise,” King said. “It makes me feel like I am a stations. we would break it up until about 9 p.m.” come.” mentor in a different way.” “I think that people know about the mezzaDoman said that the number of people durQuan King, an operations manager who Students can register at the Mezzanine or nine, but it’s definitely a site where the offerings ing the pool’s peak time will now spread out due oversees the Fitness Mezzanine, agreed with on the 3rd floor of the IBC. They can then log aren’t as complete,” King said. “Last semester to the extended hours. Though Doman said that Doman. Though he said that there is an initiative their visits at the Fitness Mezzanine during normore people have signed up than before — so Campus Recreation mostly sees the same people to increase attendance, having mass amounts of mal hours of operation using the rewards card that we’re looking to see if we get more this time, participate in its programs every year, Swim into people in the space at one time is not the ultimate they are given when they register for the program. since registration hasn’t closed yet.” Shape has been highly successful. goal. After 20 visits, the participant will receive a Doman also said that because Campus Rec“These activities are used to get some differ“I think that one of the interesting things prize or prize pack — with a maximum of two reation is now open later, both Fitness Mezzanine ent people involved with our facilities,” Doman about this space is that it is kind of exclusive,” prizes given away to him or her each semester. and Swim Into Shape rewards programs should said. “With Swim into Shape, we get over 100 King said. “We’re looking to increase attendance, The Fitness Mezzanine is home to 12 cardio be positively affected. but a bunch of foot traffic isn’t the main concern FITNESS PAGE 8

A rooftop performance Trombonist Andy Conchelos gains attention for playing trombone on his roof.


NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams speaks to student media during his visit to the university on Sept. 26.


Brian Williams takes the stage NBC Anchor Brian Williams recieved the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. TIM MULHERN The Temple News Brian Williams spoke with students Friday morning in a packed Tomlinson Theater with the type of familiarity expected only with that of close friends. The “NBC Nightly News” anchor visited the university to receive the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Award. In addition to receiving the award and serving as guest speaker at the 14th Alumni in the Media Awards luncheon, Williams spent an hour answering questions in a free ticketed event open to Temple students.

In an interview with The Temple News prior to the Q&A session, Williams discussed his early career in Pittsburg, Kansas. “I went out, and I was driving a news car from my station in Kansas,” Williams said. “My first story out there was about abandoned lead and zinc mines that hadn’t been capped. Kids were playing on the piles of rock effluent and falling in. It was a huge local issue, and I’ll never forget that. My writing wasn’t terribly good that first day, but the learning process is never over.” Williams added that the writing process starts early in the day for his half-hour news segment each night. “Starting at 2:30 [each] afternoon, I

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write the words that will show up in the teleprompter that I will speak from each night,” Williams said. “While we are on the air at 6:30 p.m., I will be writing for slightly later in the broadcast.” On stage, in front of close to 400 students, Williams appeared relaxed, talkative, and eager to answer the questions students posed to him. The Middletown, New Jersey-native poignantly reflected on his most difficult assignment: covering Hurricane Katrina. “Katrina brought up issues such as race, environment, energy and equality, or



’ve heard a few people tell me that music helps plants grow. Maybe that’s why the Temple Community Garden at Broad and Diamond streets is always sprouting new life. T h e plants are opening their petals to the smooth tromEMILY SCOTT bone hums of Andy Conchelos, who plays right across from the garden on his roof. I first heard about “That Trombone Guy” from a friend of mine on Twitter. She posted a picture of him wailing away. My introduction to the junior jazz studies major occurred while I tended to the garden, when I heard a nearby melody that appeared to come from somewhere above me. I was taken aback to see a man standing on his apartment roof with a trombone directed toward the sky. Later, the first thing my eyes shifted to in his apartment was a neat section of musical instruments, each placed delicately on a table, chair or seat. There sits a trombone case, music stand, two keyboards

and an amp. Conchelos opens a tiny, locked wooden door that showcases an unfinished attic. I look up and see a ladder. The next thing I know, I’m on the roof with the best view I’ve seen since my move to North Philadelphia. Ironically, the Diamond Marching Band begins practicing as we sit down on two plastic chairs. The jazz trombonist grew up an hour north of Los Angeles. He started playing trombone in sixth grade. “They said, ‘Pick an instrument,’ and I had always wanted to play the trombone since I was little, so it was kind of a calling,” Conchelos said. His mother, who had a background in music, would sing to him and he would play the notes back on his trombone. She asked him if he were thinking by note while playing but Conchelos said he would just close his eyes and let his hands go. In high school he was involved in jazz band, wind ensemble, leader of an orchestra and was a teacher of a women’s choir. He was a part of the music program and tried to be involved in as many programs as he could. Conchelos knew that music was something he needed to pursue, he said. In Summer 2010, Conchelos began performing on the





Engineering a better community

Members of Engineers Without Borders recently took a trip to Uber Street Garden in an effort to help clean up the area. JULIA CHIANGO The Temple News At their latest community service project, members of Engineers Without Borders collaborated with community members and group members to clean up the Uber Street Garden. Engineers Without Borders, an international organization, strives to help disadvantaged communities in America and around the world. The group combines community service and engineering skills to help solve problems in different communities. The Temple chapter of Engineers Without Borders was founded in 2009. Members have traveled to countries like El Salvador with the Philadelphia professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders, which requested help from the Temple chapter. “If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get to work for a worthy cause, then we’re looking for you,” said Torin Johnson, the local project lead of Engineers Without Borders Temple and head of the Uber Street Garden. Temple’s chapter currently has 13 e-board members and more than 50 general body members. Most of the group members are engineering majors, but this year the group is seeking students of any major to lend a hand. “I’ve been in charge of the Uber Street Garden for almost two years and have seen many of my fellow students work hand-inhand with the community,” Johnson said. “I feel that students gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in their community.” The group cleans up the Uber Street Garden almost every Friday. The e-board members meet weekly and the general group members meet on the first Wednesday of each month. “As an organization we try to build a family with our members, versus just shoving professionalism and academic excellence down their throats.” said Asia Robinson, engineering major and vice president of Temple’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. “We also want our members to know that we care for the environment and we focus on giving back.” Although Robinson is a part of the National Society of Black Engineers, she also works with Engineers Without Borders. She mentioned that community service opportunities like the one held at the Uber Street Garden this past Saturday are exactly what the National Society of Black Engineers look to participate in to com-

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Engineers Without Borders Project leader Torin Johnson stands in front of the Uber Street Garden Mural on Sept. 27.

plete community service hours, which are a requirement. “This is a good experience, and the park does look like it needs a little bit of help so its good that everybody came out,” Steven Hoffman, a local volunteer, said. “There are quite a few volunteers, which is a great sign.” This past Saturday at the Uber Street Garden day of service there were several members from the Temple chapter. There were also members from the Philadelphia professional chapter and community members. The volunteers spent several hours cleaning up. The jobs for

Skate group shreds Among club members is James Contreras, manager of Community Bikes and Boards, or “Community,” as the members familiarly call it. The relationship with Community and the Longboarder’s Club began when Smith was a team rider for the shop. Community hosted the Longborder’s Club’s first event, a day spent building and TARA DOHERTY customizing longboards. Temple News Since then, Community has offered discounts to all members of the club and keeps the club’s A low voice yells. It breaks through the thick business cards on display in the shop. Community sound of wheels rolling on the cement of Berks also encourages new riders and offers demo longStreet. boards at the meetings. “Car down,” Matt Smith, a first-year graduate Golafaie even jokes about a nickname she’s student at Temple, calls out. The longboarders roll used with Rob Everitt, the owner of Community. off to the sidewalk like iron fillings to a magnet. The “I call him Dad, just to get on his nerves, but lone car passes the mixed group of skaters and it kind of not because he really is kind of a father to won’t be long until they take the hill again. me – he looks out for everyone,” Golafaie said. 2014 marks the third year of Temple’s LongEveritt played a major role in helping the club boarder’s Club, only three years after Smith began attract new members. Spring Fling in 2013 marked rounding up students who shared a turning point for the small his passion. Vice President of the club. With Everitt's assistance club, Tish Golafaie, smiled, as she and support from Community, recalled the day she met Smith. the table attracted a mass of stu“I was a freshman longboarddents; Katz and Golafaie said ing on campus when I heard Matt they were surprised when they yell, ‘Hey longboarder!’ I was ran of out of business cards. scared!” Golafaie laughed. “I was However, Community is the one of the only girls who longnot the only outside support that boarded at that time. I remember the Longboarder’s Club has rehe was wearing a hockey jersey, ceived. A Temple security guard and he chased me down.” who goes by Mr. Mark stands Golafaie became a part of the on the corner of Gladfelter and group of seven that started the now Tish Golafaie / vice president Anderson, the corner across the growing club. Since then, the club street from the hill that the longhas grown to include more than 30 boarders ride down. people from Temple and the Philadelphia area. On Thursday nights, he too becomes a member Every Thursday night, the group gathers at the of the club, always welcoming the skaters with a Bell Tower for the club’s official meeting. Club smile and encouraging them to do what makes them President Ben Katz circulates, sharing his friendly happy. demeanor with the members. “He looks out for us,” Katz said. “He tells us “Free candy?” Katz asks as he holds out a bag when cars are coming. He calms things down.” of candy bars. Newcomers stand amongst experiThe hill on Berks street works as an ideal spot enced boarders and conversation ensues until Go- for the skaters to skate, they said. lafie and Katz call out for attention. “We try to pick a spot that is good for skaters of Announcements are made about club T-shirts all different levels,” Golafaie said. and upcoming events before Katz waves his hands, Still, the club has to deal with the occasional calling out that the meeting is officially over. The car. He said Mr. Mark acts as a quiet overseer, ready meetings last about 15 minutes. Katz calls it “the to keep peace between the cars and the skaters. longboarding enthusiast club,” for this reason. “He keeps us able to skate there in a sense When the group asked Temple to recognize it which is great,” Golafaie said. “He creates a buffer as a club, it learned that the skaters would not be zone between us and anyone who is trying to stop insured. As a result, the actual skating has to occur us from skating down the hill.” Golafaie said. outside the confines of the meeting, explaining why Over the years, the club has grown into a large Katz emphasized the conclusion of the meeting community that extends beyond school borders, before the group headed down past Anderson and Katz said. Gladfelter Halls to skate. Because the skating is not “Sharing what you love with others is like life, directly affiliated with Temple, the club welcomes you know? It’s great,” Katz said. longboarders from the Philadelphia community. “We consider our club pretty open and people * tara.doherty@temple.edu of all ages, of all skill levels, and all different places just drop by sometimes,” Golafaie said. “I almost feel like we’re a community club in a sense, because we are just a point to meet and anybody can meet at that point.”

The Longboarder’s Club has expanded to include members from outside the university.

“We consider our

the day ranged from weeding to raking debris and clearing unwanted vines from a plum tree. “Through our weekly cleanups and events, college students and local residents alike come together, work hard and enjoy everything that Philadelphia has to offer,” Johnson said. * julia.chiango@temple.edu

With new programs, exercise will pay off FITNESS PAGE 7 people each year.” Taylor Mullens, an aquatics coordinator who overseas the Swim Into Shape program at Campus Recreation, said that program’s participants stay “pretty steady” throughout the semester.“The program is always going on throughout the year—so most people start the semester off and just keep going until they get up to 20 miles,” Mullens said. “I think that it holds people accountable because everyone is usually more motivated when there is a reward at the end.” Students log their lengths for Swim Into Shape by coloring in the lanes of a pool dia-

gram on a sheet given to them by Campus Recreation. To complete a mile, swimmers must log 70 lengths—when they reach 20 miles they will receive a prize. “My parents put me in swimming lessons when I was ‘itty bitty,’” Mullens said. “I just love the positivity about people taking time out of their day to do something healthy for themselves like swimming—it really teaches them accountability.” * sienna.vance@temple.edu

club pretty open and people of all ages, of all skill levels, and all different places just drop by sometimes.

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Student becomes study abroad expert SMC student Brianna Prime has studied abroad three times. KARLINA JONES The Temple News Only one percent of American students study abroad for credit during their college years. Brianna Prime was able to travel three times in three and a half years. A senior strategic communications major and Spanish minor, Prime has traveled to Dublin, Costa Rica and Barcelona since her freshman year and is graduating a semester earlier than anticipated. “I’ve never been outside of the country up until the summer before my freshmen year,” Prime said. “I went to Mexico and afterward I was obsessed with going places.” Prime learned about different

study away programs her freshmen year from Study Away Program Head Lezlie McCabe and decided to apply for scholarships for a Summer 2012 Dublin program. “I applied for the Dublin program and my really good friend applied for the London program. We thought we wouldn’t get in,” Prime said. “When we found out we got in, we said, ‘This is it, we’re going.’ We did anything we could to make it happen.” After her trip in Dublin, her opportunities started to pile up for her next trip to Costa Rica in the Spring 2013 semester. Being a Spanish minor helped her process and transition, especially since she was staying with a host family. “It was awkward at first and I was also exhausted from translating so much,” Prime said. “My host mom said she was doing this for years and said I knew a lot more Spanish than other students she had, and she had noticed an improvement in my Spanish.”

In the Summer 2014 semester, Prime studied away in Barcelona as an intern at the Gran Havana hotel for eight weeks. A major influence on Primes’ traveling was McCabe. Even though the two were not extremely familiar before Prime’s Dublin trip, they were able to grow a bond over a couple of years. “It feels like I have known her for so long,” McCabe said. “She has been a huge part of my experience since I started working here.” McCabe recalls getting to know Prime her freshman year through her Dublin trip while the study away office was trying to get students to make video blogs of themselves in other countries to promote studying away. “When my old boss and I saw that [Prime] sent us a video, we were excited and said, ‘Let’s watch it,’’ McCabe said. “It was cool to get to know her personally while she was there through these videos.” Originally Prime did not intend to

study abroad again after her Costa Rica trip, but after receiving a couple of scholarships for funding, McCabe convinced Prime she should go on this trip. “Her going to Barcelona was a running joke that she would go after Costa Rica, because she knew about the program for six to eight months,” McCabe said. This joke came from the idea that Prime’s mother may not approve of her traveling again. “My mom made me promise her that I would graduate early if I had went to Spain. And now I am going to,” Prime said. In the study away office, Prime was a useful source for students that wanted to study away due to her knowledge of scholarships and the processes behind them. “I view her as a colleague working in the office,” McCabe said. “She is an asset, and sometimes I forget she’s a full-time student because we put so much on her. She is a leader and helped

every student we have hired as far as training.” Prime has worked in the office for more than two years and has gone above and beyond in her service mentoring other students, McCabe said. “I don’t want her to graduate, but she is going to be one of those students that will always stick with me,” McCabe said. As Prime prepares to graduate this semester, she suggests for students who want to study abroad to "go for it," as she notices her experiences overseas has changed her. “Everyone should try traveling out of the country at least once,” Prime said. “It teaches you a lot about yourself and shows you how to view the world differently.” * karlina.jones@temple.edu



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Professor strays from status quo Mosaic professor Dan Touey stresses academic independence in his classes. LORA STRUM The Temple News Dan Touey does not like change. He does not drive. He does not even have a driver’s license. He has woken up every day in Center City for 25 years. An adjunct professor at Drexel, La Salle and Temple, Touey said he approaches his students not as an instructor but as a fellow student who is also learning. At Temple, he teaches Mosaic I in the Intellectual Heritage department. “I’m not an expert on anything,” Touey said. “There were a lot of books I’m not familiar with, and I thought [we would all] get a good student experience from continued exposure to the subjects.” Touey’s course has no assigned readings, no midterm and no final. The students don’t read at home unless they feel compelled to do so, which, Touey said, should be a selfcompulsion, not the force of the teacher. Sitting with his students, Touey teaches five books throughout the semester, spending three weeks per book, which he reads aloud with his students. “If we read together in class, we have a better chance at getting it into our minds,” Touey said. “It’s a very oldfashioned approach, like studying the Koran or the Talmud where you read together and just stop to have discussions or ask questions.” Students are assigned two ungraded journals weekly and

various four-page, or 1,000 word, essays to express their thoughts. Hoping to encourage students to “have a creative thought,” Touey said he doesn’t care if students miss a journal or exceed the word count. These assignments are guidelines, and what Touey said he’s really looking for is a student who takes control of his or her learning. “You don’t need me to spell it out to you,” Touey said. This phrase, along with “just do it,” has come to characterize his challenge to students to believe enough in their own intellect and to not rely on their professor. Another aspect of Touey’s methodology is humor. Teach-

“If we read

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ing the Daodejing, Touey was stressing the importance of being natural and recognizing yourself as you are when one of his students realized that the subject applied most closely to his teacher. “[This student had] only known me for a couple of weeks [and he said] ,‘You are yourself,

Mosiac Adjunct Professor Dan Touey reads from Voltaire’s “Candide” during a Mosiac class on Sept. 29.

you like to be funny and make people laugh,’” Touey said. “He was so right. He knew me.” For Touey, humor in the classroom is “like oxygen.” When studying the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of Touey’s students retitled the story as the “Epic of Gilga-mess” due to the main character’s many flaws. Touey holds these natural and free flowing thoughts in high regard. “In Mosaic where we’re reading these classic texts, it’s OK to make fun of them,” Touey said. Inspiration for Touey’s teaching style comes from his early years at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. The small liberal arts school was entirely discussion based and didn’t offer majors, but encouraged students to focus on the classics: math, science and English. In addition to the coursework, what helped shape Touey’s approach to instruction was the mentality that the

“teacher was only a very advanced student.” Touey attended Temple for his master’s degree and while here he met distinguished scholar and philosophy professor, Joseph Margolis. “[Margolis] had a humility and generosity of spirit,” Touey said. “He just wanted the students to be able to see the things he was seeing. The function of a teacher is to do that. That’s the only function.” Teaching, however, has not always been that clear for Touey. In 2008 when Temple refashioned the IH curriculum as Mosaics, Touey was a primary dissenting voice. He believed the change included too many advanced texts and not enough input from faculty. Touey used the IH listserv to voice his concerns, but was removed for “clogging” the system. He left the Mosaic department that year. “I walked away [because] I

didn’t think the course made any sense,” Touey said. “In 2008, I didn’t have faith in the course, but I kept in touch with one mosaic professor and, from talking to him and listening to what he was doing, he convinced me it was doable. [Nevertheless] it’s still very eccentric and poses real obstacles.” Since returning, Touey has found that with the proper strategy in the classroom he can succeed. Relying on his understanding of the classics and the importance of questioning, something his father who is also a philosopher,taught him, Touey maintains that he can accomplish his goals by doing the books he teaches justice. “If you’re reading something truly great like Plato or Shakespeare or the Koran or the Bible, nothing can really go terribly wrong,” Touey said. “The object then is just to do justice to the book for the students. If you can help them understand


that book then you’ve done something for them, no questions.” When not teaching and living the harried adjunct life rushing from school to school, Touey is working on a collection of short fiction stories, “The Fantastic Truths of the Real America.” Touey said each work is an odd snapshot of contemporary America and he is thinking of self-publishing the collection as a Kindle book on Amazon for a dollar, if not for free. Whether the story is finished or not, Touey said his goals for the next phase of his life are clear. “I'm 48, and I told myself years ago that when I turned 50 I would move to Amsterdam and be a street musician … I see no reason to change that plan.” * lora.strum@temple.edu



Classic Game Junkie opened a new location in West Chester, Pennsylvania, where it refurbishes and sells old games. PAGE 13

The illustrations of “Where The Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak, are being moved from a Philly museum to his estate in Connecticut. PAGE 15




For Philly art, an energy boost tion.” The featured artists have produced a wide variety of work displayed throughout the city, including murals and group exPATRICK MCCARTHY hibits. Franchey and his organiThe Temple News zation’s aim was to expand the concentrated, individual crowd usic permeated by using Red Bull as an outlet. the almost vaFranchey credited the succant room littered cess of the program to the artwith paint sup- ists’ lack of recognition. plies and cracked Red Bull cans. “The museums are charA small collection of artists acterized for having historical were calmly painting, detailing, and classic art,” Franchey said. gluing, dying and transforming “But you still have this vibrant their once blank canvas coolers community of artists that are up into pieces of art. on what’s current. You have an Red Bull Curates hand edginess and contemporary art picked 20 local developing art- passion here … more so than ists throughout Philadelphia for any other city we’ve been to.” its fourth Canvas Cooler ProjFor the artists, this was ect, which was held on Sept. 25 more than an opportunity to at Arch Enemy Arts. bump shoulders with the culArts Fund partnered with tured crowd of those in attenRed Bull to produce the event, dance – it was a chance to presaiming to establish an environ- ent their talent using limited ment where patrons learned space and time. about local Gabe Tiartists who berino, who is inhave limited volved with the exposure. Tiberino Museum B i l l y that honors his late Franchey, a mother’s artistry, producer from was asked by Red Arts Fund, Bull to judge the was involved designs. Tiberino with the prohas a handful of cess of choosmurals and poring the artists traits displayed and cities feathroughout the city tured in the and said he is exBilly Franchey / producer project. cited to see other “Something like this can artists take advantage of the opopen up an artist in their mid- portunity. career to a new audience and “This is a really big mothey’re at that inflection point ment to put artists up on a bigwhere they can really pop,” ger platform,” Tiberino said. Franchey said. “But the other “[They] may or may not have side of this is truly emerging – been on that level of showing in raw talent.” art shows before, so this is awe“All styles are represented some.” and all levels of where you are One of the two winners, in your career,” Franchey said. known as AirRat, will be fly“It’s an interesting juxtaposi- ing down to Miami to compete

Twenty local artists competed in the Red Bull Curates event.


“You have an

edginess and contemporary art passion here ... more so than any other city we’ve been to.

during Art Basel Week against the winners from Denver, New Orleans, Houston and Orlando, Florida. The artist said being from Philadelphia gives him an advantage against bigger markets because of the character associated with the city. “When you go to New York or Los Angeles, you see that guy tagged here or that guy’s art over there … They are all established and everyone wants to imitate that,” he said. “It’s easier to make a name here and be on that higher level because it’s just starting to emerge.” One 2012 contestant, who goes by the moniker Cosbe, said he is also aware of the importance a recognizable style can have.



Graffiti artist Cosbe (top) attributed his recent success to participating in Red Bull Curate’s competition two years ago.

Feminism on wheels

Several female skaters took an unapologetic stand against the male-dominated skate culture. BRIANNA SPAUSE The Temple News


“Write Sky” aims to connect disjointed neighborhoods through creativity and innovation.

Kyu makes sky a canvas David Kyu used sky-typing for his latest project, “Write Sky.” EAMON DREISBACH The Temple News David Kyu said sky-typing, and the sky itself, are just metaphors. On Sept. 14, members of the neighborhood encased by Broad Street, 8th Street, Vine Street and Spring Garden Street stood in awe as cloudscribed messages were displayed across the Philadelphia skyline. Kyu’s project, “Write Sky,” uses sky-typing planes to create aerial messages selected by members of specific neighborhoods. “The whole project is a metaphor for consensus,” Kyu said. “Because we’re making the meta-

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phor that consensus is extremely hard to reach, and then it goes away right away, this medium was absolutely the appropriate one.” Kyu, a 2007 Temple alumnus and Asian Arts Initiative artist, said the social practice lab extends past just artistic creativity and flashy flying. “I felt like a lot of people wanted positive change for their neighborhood,” Kyu said. “I saw the sky as a space that everybody shared equally, as kind of a unifying factor. Once I thought about that as the metaphor, the project materialized as ‘let’s make an imprint into our shared sky to show what we have in common.’” Unlike sky-writing, which involves a single plane emitting fumes to produce a word or phrase in cursive, sky-typing relies on five, highly


They’ve got their hair pulled back and helmets on, and they’re taking over the halfpipe. Shred the Patriarchy is a feminist skate group that has been grinding a spot into Franklin’s Paine Park – for women. Home for summer break from Oberlin College in Ohio last May, philosophy student Sky Kalfus was feeling left out of the skateboard culture due to her gender and decided to do something about it. The Facebook site went up: invitations were sent out to LGBTQ groups and anyone who identifies with being female, to take a stand against the male-dominated culture of skateboarding. Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. and Sundays from 4-6 p.m. became the official meet-up times, where Shred the Patriarchy asserts an unapologetic and empowered attitude on wheels. “It’s incredibly easy to ‘not fit in’ at a skate park,” Kalfus said. “What if you are afraid for your body? What if you’re a tiny girl who likes to wear dresses? The idea behind getting a bunch of girls together is to support each other in doing something very contrary to what we feel is acceptable, which is to take up space in a skate park if we don’t skate that well.” Kalfus describes skate culture as a do-iteven-if-you’re-terrified style of learning experience that is intimidating to newcomers, female or not. Shred the Patriarchy slows things down and opens a how-to dialogue. An organized ride over gender limitations is a new concept for Philadelphia skate parks, and it caught the attention of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund. Street Level, a fundraiser gala hosted



Philadelphia resident Shannon Sexton, 32, is an active member of Shred the Patriarchy.

by the fund, will be held on Oct. 1. The fundraiser aims to shed light on the faces that make up the skate community, through an event that will honor people making a difference and encouraging the “positive outcomes that can come when you foster someone’s passion for and excitement about skateboarding.” “We are honoring Sky Kalfus, someone who has created a community at Paine’s Park, and has done it as a way not only encourage people to skate, but to support the interest of people who





36 poets, striving to make a change Three Dozen Poets for Change, a reading held by Leonard Gontarek, focuses on activism. VICTORIA MIER The Temple News Leonard Gontarek believes in poetry’s abilities to make change. Even more so, he believes in the ability of language to bring about that change, no matter how slowly the revolution may creep in. Gontarek, a Philadelphia native and professional poet, runs a series of poetry readings and writing-centric events at the Green Line Cafe on Baltimore Avenue. On Sept. 27, Gontarek will be hosting an outdoor reading called Three Dozen Poets for Change. The event is part of 100 Thousand Poets for Change, a global effort that focuses on bringing attention to activism through solidarity within the arts community. The poets invited to speak will be reading selections of their own work, as well as the poetry of Denise Levertov, an American poet who dedicated her life to social activism. “We can speak out about issues eloquently through poetry,” Gontarek said. “We can’t all pick up a guitar, and we can’t all just pick up a paintbrush and paint. But we do all have access to language.” Gontarek said being a poet has changed his own life; it allows him to hear a rhythm, a lyricism, in everyday life. He also feels there is power in being a poet. Gontarek said that because poets are not experts in anything other than poetry itself, it allows writers to incorporate endless interests and ideas into their work. He hopes public readings can open that world up to even more people. “It gives you a real sense of validation and self-worth,” Gontarek said. “I’m always trying to convert people to just read a couple poems, because I feel like they’re missing something. And poets never miss out on that something.” Gontarek said he thinks there is something in poetry, music and art that people naturally crave and move toward. “When people are grieving, when they want to celebrate, they really look to poetry to find the


The Green Line Cafe hosted the event where poets read both their own work and something of Denise Levertov’s, who was a poet and political activist.

words they want to say,” Gontarek said. “That says something. There is a love and desire for poetry.” There are so many different entities telling the general public what to think of current events, and Gontarek said that being able to speak about the world’s issues and debates in the relaxed at-

mosphere of a poetry reading is crucial to fostering change. Gontarek said he “has no agenda,” or there are no driving set of ideals or principals behind Three Dozen Poets for Change, or any of Green Line Cafe’s poetry readings, for that matter. Gontarek simply wants to provide an outlet in which ADVERTISEMENT


David Kyu’s project, “Write Sky,” uses planes to draw aerial messages for community members.

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synchronized planes flying together. Each plane emits fumes produced by a canola-based oil inside the base of the plane as it flies in formation, while a computer controls the amount of oil emitted. Sky typing allows for roughly 25 characters to be produced in a single run, as opposed to the 10 characters that sky-writing is limited to. The planes used for Kyu’s project are all commissioned from AirSign USA, an aerial advertising company. Like “Write Sky,” Kyu said most of his artistic endeavors tend to lie far outside the standard realm of traditional artwork. “My work has never quite fit the gallery,” Kyu said. “I like to use the world as my tool, my paintbrush.” Also known by “Chinatown North,” the project is a testament to the diversity of its residents, who Kyu hopes to help unify through the project. As a way to promote the project’s theme of community togetherness, people from the neighborhood applied in groups to select what the planes would write. Afterward, a few select groups were separated into pairs to agree upon a message, and eventually all participants were required to reach a consensus to produce three final messages. “Very few people respond to just a flyer on a building,” Kyu said. “Ultimately people applied because they had a personal connection [with me] because I worked hard to make those connections.” For the installation of the project earlier this month, three previous dates were scheduled for the sky-typing process, and were cancelled due to

inclement weather. Kyu said finding a date that allowed all collaborators to view the project was no easy process. “Nature is a terrible collaborator,” Kyu said. “If one group couldn’t make it [to the event], then there were questions about whether the project was actually bringing people together, or if it was continuing to re-entrench the divisions that occur in the neighborhood.” Aside from “Write Sky,” Kyu has participated in a number of other performance art projects. One project, titled “My Best Friend Facebook Forever,” involved Kyu participating in whatever events he was invited to on Facebook for a month, while during another he embodied the identity of Keanu Reaves by reenacting a scene from “The Matrix.” Due to the amount of planning and organization required for “Write Sky,” future sky-typing ceremonies are to be determined. Thanks to his success with the project, Kyu has high hopes for aspiring artists looking to get their foot in the door of Philly’s art scene. “It’s hard to stay committed to it,” Kyu said. “But if you really believe in it, ultimately you will make your way.” * eamon.dreisbach@temple.edu

people feel free to express themselves. Gontarek said he stumbled upon 100 Thousand Poets for Change online three or four years ago and was immediately interested by how similar it felt to what he was already trying to do with his readings. “When I saw the number, I thought that it seemed rather enormous,” Gontarek said. “When I looked into it, I saw that their call was getting as many people from as many places to be involved. It seemed like a natural fit.” That worldwide connection was important to him because he saw the potential for growth – the possibility, one day, of widespread change. “I wanted people to know it is possible to stand here, reading on a corner in a café, and it can extend out,” Gontarek said. “Maybe we can change.” Gontarek said he knew he wanted his event to be an outdoor reading. Gontarek said there is something inherently special about outdoor readings that he finds to be a perfect fit for a day about change. “You hook people,” Gontarek said. “They just stop, because they don’t really know what’s going on. There was a funny moment at Green Line when I saw a man walk by. I saw him slowly, walking backward, come back to the reading.” These are small steps, Gontarek recognizes, but he thinks each tiny moment is important. He recalled a reading on the night before the United States formally went to war with Iraq, watching the poets and the other protesters in the square across the street from the café. “No, we weren’t going to actually stop the bigger political action,” Gontarek said. “But, people walking by, going home from work, they’ll see it. They’ll remember.” Gontarek hopes that the upcoming Three Dozen Poets for Change will help others stop and think, even if only for a passing moment on the sidewalk of Baltimore Avenue on a chilly fall night. “It’s an opportunity for people to see that the world’s issues aren’t in another country,” Gontarek said. “Those issues aren’t outside of us. They’re right here.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu




R5 Productions announced that they will no longer host weeknight shows at the First Unitarian Church and will only hold weekend shows. On Sept. 21, YACHT performed at the church.


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space. “There will still be occasional shows in 2015, but this is our last ‘hurrah’ so to speak,” R5 Productions posted on their Facebook page. The announcement sparked an outcry from loyalists of the legendary yet low-profile venue that is known for fueling Philadelphia’s punk and indie scene. R5 Productions has booked bands like Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and Two Door Cinema Club before they made a name for themselves in the U.S. The First Unitarian Church also provided an all ages environment, enticing younger people from both inside and outside of the city. “All of these shows were always all ages,” Jim Shomo, who now works for R5 Productions, said. “It was also an

excuse to go to the city. The main reason I started coming to the city in the first place was to go to shows here, and then I experienced the city from that.” R5 Productions opened other venues like Union Transfer and Boot & Saddle within the past few years, and mentioned in the recent announcement that due to these two venues and others that have opened within the city, booking shows at the church has become problematic. While R5’s Jordan Hollander collected tickets for the evening’s show, he said he remains hopeful for the venue.

“I think the history of the church and what it brought to Philly was that it created an alternative space other than any sort of corporate rock venue,” Hollander said. He’s worked for R5 Productions since 2009, and has come to shows at the church since 1998. “I don’t think PhilaMark Dickinson / bassist delphia’s music scene would be anything like the way it is today if there hadn’t been shows going on here in the nineties,” Hollander said. Hollander has attended around 500

“It still hasn’t really sunk

in. It makes sense from a logical standpoint, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.

shows at the venue, and said that the best part about it is how little he believes it has changed fundamentally, even as more than a decade has passed. “It’s just always been a handful of people putting on the show and packing it as much as it can get packed. It’s always been hot and kind of gross, but really fun,” Hollander said. This intimate atmosphere is what continues to bring people to the venue. “This is my favorite venue,” Davis Thal, a junior film and media arts major said. “[White Fang] was just sitting there afterward, and I just went out and said, ‘Hey.’ That’s why I love coming here to such a small venue, because it’s just so much more personal.” Some are optimistic about the future of the church as a music venue,

while others reminiscence on the spot and its influence. “It still hasn’t really sunk in,” Mark Dickinson, bassist of West Chester, Pennsylvania-based band Spraynard, said in an email about R5’s announcement. “It makes sense from a logical standpoint, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow.” Spraynard performed at the First Unitarian Church several times, and recently performed its reunion show at the spot this past May. “I know there have been so many influential shows that have been there, but now they’ll just take place at a new venue,” Dickinson said. “Things will always fill the void left.” * kerriann.raimo@temple.edu

Second location for family-owned retro video game store Classic Game Junkie recently recently opened its second location in West Chester. The first time I walked into Classic Game Junkie, I couldn’t believe that such a place existed. From the classic game tunes playing in the background, to the walls lined up with video games dating back to the 1970s, there was something aweinspiring about it. F r a n k Stanchek Jr., the owner, said that he gets that a lot. Now, the local video game store in Glenside is spreading the goodness with a second shop located at 929 ALBERT HONG S. High Street, Geeking Out West Chester, which opened on Sept. 20. Since opening in 2010, Classic Game Junkie has been different from your typical Gamestop or Play N Trade. For one, it is likely to have every available system and ample accompanying games since the very beginning, which makes it seem more like an interactive museum. Most of the merchandise actually came from Stanchek’s personal game collection, as a result of him frequenting flea markets and scouring online sales ever since he was little. “It started with one Nintendo I bought at a flea market in the early ‘90s,” Stanchek said. He was able to repair that Nintendo and sell it back through eBay. The store also has bragging rights, as it was recognized by Philadelphia Magazine in 2013 for Best Video Game Repair. Stanchek has been refurbishing, cleaning and repairing games and systems just as long as he’s been collecting them. Through 10 years of finding vintage games, repairing them and selling them back online, the idea for Classic Game Junkie slowly started to take shape.

Then, using his technical expertise to repair broken Xbox 360 systems, he was able to use the money to open Classic Game Junkie with his family. Four years later, business is booming. Even though Classic Game Junkie has the newest games in stock, it’s the older games that see the most sales. “It was a time when there was more mystery in the world,” Stanchek said. “These [games] were all new creations, new worlds to explore.” This enthusiasm with retro video games is what inspired Dave Sarnoski and Joe Smart to help Stanchek by becoming co-owners of the new store in West Chester. For Smart, video games are integral to him and his family, as they help him be closer to his autistic brother and sister. “I would not be the same person today had my parents not showed me the games,” Smart said. “When we were playing and talking about games, the autism was just off the table. It wasn’t even a diagnosis, it was just something we could bond about.” Sarnoski, an avid game collector himself, was overwhelmed with the selection of games that Classic Game Junkie had when he discovered the store with a friend. Even though he’s only 22 years old, Sarnoski knew he wanted to get involved with this kind of business and soon enough, he got in talks with Stanchek about opening a new store under a licensing agreement. “I just got this sense that this is such a good idea and I know this business,” Sarnoski said. “Because I have such a passion for games, I couldn’t help but feel like it’s something I should be doing.” The new store is expected to be fully stocked by this winter with Stanchek helping every step of the way. “It’s almost like I get to do what I did here a second time,” Stanchek said. It’s this willingness and passion for what these guys do that really makes for the more personal experience, like the trade-in process being about conversation to determine how much you’ll get for your stuff. “Everybody here has the authority to negotiate for the most part,”


Classic Game Junkie opened a second location in West Chester, where it refurbishes and sells old video games.

Stanchek said. “There is no bottom line, no firm stance.” With events like midnight launches, fighting tournaments and game swap meetings, Classic Game Junkie and its new location wants to reach out

to the community that has yet to experience a solid video game establishment. “The bare minimum, I just want people to come in and want to play more games,” Sarnoski said. “If that helps drive business, great and if not,

at least I get to be talking with gamers.” “We try our best to make it a really unique experience,” Stanchek said. * albert.hong@temple.edu




Australian indie band Dick Diver played a show on Sept. 27 at Boot & Saddle. R5 Productions, which opened Boot & Saddle, Union Transfer and First Unitarian Church, recently announced that due to the popularity of its other venues, it will no longer host shows at First Unitarian Church during the week. | ARTICLE PAGE 1

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Originally from Chicago, the graffiti artist moved to New York hoping to put his individual style of small street stickers against a long history of captivating and original art. His abstract designs landed him a spot as Red Bull’s sponsored artist at the Scope Art Show in Miami. Cosbe, an emerging artist,

attributed some of his recent success to his participation in the contest two years ago. “There is this pull to get more established artists into the program,” Cosbe said. “Honestly they have fought to always have artists that are up and coming into the program. I think it is a really admirable quality.” Cosbe finds everything from the natural architect of the high rising buildings to the sten-

cils of pigeons on the ground exclusive to Philadelphia. He believes it shows that artists are willing to create art with pure intentions. “There’s something about going [to a city] and experiencing it for yourself,” Cosbe said. “Philadelphia has a really great and honest art scene here. I like it a lot.” * patrick.mccarthy@temple.edu


On 109 Arch St., local venue Arch Enemy Arts hosted Red Bull Curates, an event that showcased the talents of up-and-coming Philadelphia artists through a cooler designing competition.





Sendak illustrations to leave the city More than 10,000 illustrations from Maurice Sendak will be retracted from a local museum. VICTORIA MIER The Temple News The Rosenbach Museum in Rittenhouse Square has proudly displayed and housed an extensive collection of work by Maurice Sendak, the famous children’s book writer and illustrator most noted for “Where The Wild Things Are,” since the 1960s. But now, two years after Sendak’s death, the Sendak Estate is taking back items on loan to the Rosenbach Museum in order to create a new museum near Sendak’s home in Connecticut. “The collection is really vast,” Patrick Rodgers, the curator of the Sendak collection, said. “It includes [Sendak’s] artwork, some published, some unpublished. We have almost 100 picture books as well.” Luckily for museum visitors, there are between 400 and 600 pieces owned outright by the museum that will stay in Philadelphia, Rodgers said. For now, Rodgers encouraged everyone to see the last Sendak show currently set for the Rosenbach. The exhibition runs through Nov. 2 before the pieces on loan will return to Connecticut.

“It makes sense, because Sendak would give Though Rodgers said he expects the Rosenbach to still enjoy and display its remaining Sen- a lot of advice to young illustrators, and he would dak pieces, the magnitude seen in previous exhibi- always say to not get stuck in one style,” Rodgers said. tions will simply not be feasible. What Rodgers said he will miss most about “It will be more difficult to sustain a dedicated gallery now,” Rodgers said. “But we have housing those 10,000 odd pieces is how well Sendak’s work played with other a lot of picture books most people collections the Rosenbach had don’t even know about, so that will available. be interesting.” “Sendak really felt a literary Fans of Sendak and the Rosenkinship with the museum,” Rodbach Museum can continue to learn gers said. “He loved Herman and study the work of the illustrator Melville and Emily Dickinson. and author with the remaining 400 to His headspace was always in the 600 picture books that the museum 19th century. His exhibition was is keeping. a hub that could take you to so “Some of those picture books many different places.” were gifted outright by [Sendak], or Though Rodgers is excited other collectors who loved his work at the prospect of the new Senas well,” Rodgers said. dak museum in Connecticut, Rodgers went on to describe he admitted the departure of so two Sendak-illustrated picture books in particular that the Rosenbach Patrick Rodgers / curator many pieces of Sendak’s work will change things for the muowns: “Shadrack” and “The Wheel seum. It will not be entirely easy on the School.” The artistic style, according to Rodgers, is for Rodgers, either. “I’ll be sad to see it go, after so many years drastically different in the two books, based on which artists were influencing Sendak at that time. working with it,” Rodgers said. “But I’m looking Some illustrations are “really stark and scratchy, forward to seeing what’s going to happen when showing his pen and ink,” Rodgers said, but oth- the collection is re-≠≠≠attached with his home.” ers are misty, like “washes of gray ink.”

“Sendak really

felt a literary kinship with the museum... His exhibition could take you to so many different places.

* victoria.mier@temple.edu

OUT & ABOUT MONSTER JAM TO BE HELD AT WELLS FARGO CENTER Monster Jam is taking a two-day pit stop at the Wells Fargo Center this weekend. The event will take place on Oct. 3-4. The action packed show isn’t the normal monster truck derby. Audience members will be able to watch the trucks land flips, tricks and obstacles instead of watching trucks demolish each other. The attraction includes some fan favorite trucks such as the Grave Digger, Captain’s Curse, Black Stallion and Team Hot Wheels Firestorm. There will also be a pit party before the show on Saturday so that fans can meet the drivers. -Jane Babian

OPERA PHILADELPHIA HOSTS GIAOCHINO ROSSINI’S OPERAS Italy will come alive in Philadelphia this coming week thanks to Opera Philadelphia. It will be performing Gioachino Rossini’s famous “The Barber of Seville” at the Academy of Music in South Philadelphia. It will feature some of its well known songs such has “Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!” and “Una voce poco fa.” The 17th century love story performances have already begun but will continue on the Oct. 1, 3 and 5. The two-hour and 54-minute show will be sung in Italian with English subtitles. -Jane Babian


Shannon Sexton met founder of Shred the Patriarchy, Sky Kalfus, last summer. Since then, Sexton has been skating with the group.


Female group takes over local park SHRED PAGE 11 may feel intimidated or feel unwelcome in the space,” Josh Dubin, executive director of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund said. “[Shred the Patriarchy] is a supportive environment for people to learn and connect.” With school back in session, Kalfus will not be able to attend the gala to accept the honor on behalf of Shred the Patriarchy, but will look to some fellow lady skaters who have been keeping the group going. Shannon Sexton has been skating Philadelphia for 15 years, and was one of the first members to join STP. “When I first moved here, I would go years without seeing another girl skater, and now I’m seeing them all the time,” Sexton said. “It’s been awesome seeing four, five, six girls at the skate park. That used to never happen.“ As a facet of the crew’s all-inclusive nature, Sexton applies her skills as a skate and snowboard instructor to educate newcomers. Welcome is extended to all skill levels, from the boardless to the board masters. “People from all different backgrounds and places and ages can be on a skateboard,” Sexton said. “I’ve met so many different kinds of people because of skateboarding and that’s definitely what Shred the Patriarchy is all about. There’s absolutely no exclusions.” While the group is small, Kalfus hopes keep-

ing up with social media will encourage the Shred the Patriarchy to grow. With the accessibility of an open, public skate park that is located on the Schuylkill River Banks, most members have just stumbled upon the grassroots movement. Ciara Wright, a University of the Arts student, was new to Philly when she got involved, and happened upon STP with a group of male skate friends. “We were hanging out down at Paine’s skate park one night and I was sitting on one of the benches with my board leaning up next to me, watching all the dudes pulling these crazy tricks,” Wright said of her first Philly skate park experience. “A girl comes over to me with a huge smile on her face and asked if I was there for the allgirl skate night. I wasn’t but ‘all-girl skate night’ sounded like something out of my dreams or a ‘90’s Riot Grrrl Zine,’ so I said yes.” Lashondra Jackson, a 30-year-old skater-intraining, wasn’t sure if her age would prohibit her experience. “Shred the Patriarchy was exhilarating,” Jackson said. “I am a plus size woman and most people fat shame me and tell me I’ll break the board, but I don’t let their comments bother me. They’re just trying to oppress me anyway. I showed them.” The girls of Shred the Patriarchy band together under the inherent exclusion they feel

when entering what is seen as a male’s world, and redefine the need for tough skin required for the sport. “If Paine’s Park contained exclusively girls, decked out in skinny jeans and Vans sponsorship gear, not wearing helmets and doing the gnarliest grinds, the skate park would still be a really intimidating place,” Kalfus said. “It’s not just boys that make girls not want to skate. It’s skate culture, which is heavily fashion oriented, brand oriented and machismo oriented.” When they aren’t learning new moves to show off, the girls of Shred the Patriarchy just simply hang out. Kalfus wanted to not only create a safe space for women to be hardcore and exercise ownership of skate parks, but also an empowered set of friends. Kalfus emphasized that Shred the Patriarchy is a group of skaters that live in the “real world.” “When I post pictures of the group on Facebook, not skating, just chilling, the purpose is to say: ‘Look at us. We look like you! If you were here, you’d fit right in.’ Any girl who wants to try the park should just start showing up,” Kalfus said. “Girls are totally shredding, and you don’t need to be on someone else’s terms to skate. You can be good on your own terms.”

The Found Footage Festival’s 10th anniversary will take place on Oct. 2. The 21+ event is a live comedy screening that shows videos from when VHS tapes were still in popular demand. It contains unusual and humorous clips from videotapes that were collected from thrift stores to garage sales, as well as warehouses and dumpsters from all across the U.S. This year, the festival will feature a “bizarre” instruction video, dated from 1997 titled, “How to Have Cybersex on the Internet” and “101 Jesuses” from different religious videos in under three minutes. The show will be held at Johnny Brenda’s on Frankford Avenue. -Jane Babian

SELF HELP FESTIVAL WILL ARRIVE AT FESTIVAL PIER THIS WEEKEND Popular punk-rock band A Day to Remember is taking a break from its Parks & Devastation Tour to bring its Self Help Festival to Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on Oct. 4. The band’s goal of the festival is to get fans and friends to come out and enjoy music in a positive atmosphere. This is the second Self Help Festival and the the first festival done on the East Coast. The packed line-up includes A Day to Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and many more. -Jane Babian

* brianna.spause@temple.edu T @BriannaSpause

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

PHILLIES FINISHED LAST IN THE LEAGUE @phillymag tweeted on Sept. 28 that after the Phillies’ last loss against the Miami Marlins on Sept. 25, the team finished in last place in the National League East. After posting the best record in the MLB in 2010 and 2011, this season marks the organization’s first last place finish since 2000.

FLAMENCO DANCERS AT THE BARNES FOR FIRST FRIDAY IN OCTOBER @the_barnes tweeted on Sept. 26 that on First Friday, which will be held on Oct. 3, it will be hosting Flamenco dancers, art and cocktails. This dedication on First Friday will be held in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

MARCH TO END RAPE CULTURE WAS HELD THIS PAST WEEKEND THROUGH CENTER CITY @phillymag tweeted on Sept. 27 that the March To End Rape Culture, formerly known as the “Slutwalk,” was held this past weekend in Center City.

FALL FESTIVALS COME TO PHILLY @uwishunu tweeted on Sept. 26 an updated guide to more than 50 fall festivals. The festivals are spread all across the city. From now until mid-November, there will be multiple events happening in and around Philadelphia every weekend. Events include the Chinatown Night Market, the Midtown Village Fall Festival, the Outdoorsy Weekend at The Oval and The Great Pumpkin Festival at The Institute Bar.




Student photographers up their exposure


Aperture preps photography students for their careers.


PAIGE GROSS The Temple News Marissa Pina and Maggie Andresen consider photojournalism their full-time jobs. Pina, a senior and president of the Aperture Agency and Andresen, a sophomore and the treasurer of the Aperture Agency, have built Temple’s photography club from the ground up during the last year. “An aperture is the part of a camera that opens and lets light in,” Andresen said. With the only photojournalism program in Philadelphia, Temple hosts a tight-knit group of students passionate about photography and telling stories that formed the club more than 20 years ago as a way to get the students out into Philadelphia photographing events and making contacts. The agency will send photographers out to events, meetings, or to take headshots, whatever a client might need, for a lower price than profesAARON WINDHORST TTN sional photographers would charge. Vice-president Harrison Brink (left), president Marissa Pina and treasurer Maggie Andresen. “Fifteen years ago, we were the premiere photo agency for students in the city,” Andresen ple and in Center City. Andresen said her dream job would be a Alisa Miller, a member of the agency, started combat and conflict photographer and that she said. “When I got here, the club had fallen apart. a photography project at Arch Street Methodist dreams to go to South Africa and Rome to study Aperture was nonexistent.” Pina, the president of the agency said her Church to feature the homeless and their stories. abroad. plan coming into the year was to knock the club A pastor at the church appreciated the effort and Aperture is currently looking to connect with offered the agency the chance to show their work more Tyler students in the photography program down and build it up again. “This is the first year we’ve actually had jobs once a month. to accommodate students with broader interests, Oct. 18 will be the first of the monthly show- and said it is always accepting more members. for the students,” Pina said. “We’re getting back ings, featuring photos with themes of spirituality on solid ground.” “There are a lot of young photographers In the first month of school, Pina and Andre- and good deeds. out there still aware of Temple,” Andresen said. The group also wants to reach out and make “This is a way of getting your name out there and sen said that organization within the club and parconnections with alumni associations, of which your photographs to the public. ticipation is already better than in previous years, Andresen said many are still active and want to and that they have already gotten involved in a Pina has made many efforts to get the club be involved. few projects. more exposure. She is also the art director of Pina, who will graduate in Spring 2015, said Her Campus Temple and is being nominated for Currently the organization has about 42 that she has received significant of photography homecoming court. members, with 20 that come to the weekly meetexperience in the last three years, including her ings and pick up jobs. “Even though we’re students, this is like a study abroad session in London in 2013. Aperture plans to attend First Friday in Old full time job,” Pina said. “We wear ten thousand “I’m not expecting anything directly, from hats, we are constantly running around, working City on Oct 3. to gain exposure and raise funds being in [Aperture,] but just having it on your re- all the time and never sleeping.” for the club. The agency will bring portable printsume still really helps,” Pina said of her job prosers and set up a movable photo booth to print pects. “I’m still going to go out into the city and * paige.gross1@temple.edu photos on demand for a small fee. still going to make those connections.” “I’m excited to be out there in the city selling Andresen said she is glad to have three *Editor’s note: Maggie Andresen is a photographer the photos and getting our name out there,” Pina more years with the program, and that she will for The Temple News. She played no role in the editing said. “It will be a new element for us.” process of this article. Along with First Friday, Aperture has many be around to network and get to know the photo projects in the works that will be shown at Tem- community and see people getting jobs.

Temple Libraries and the Intellectual Heritage program are sponsoring Mosaic In Motion Oct. 1 at noon. Students will perform in a showcase of art, music, poetry, media and essays. An awards ceremony will follow the display of creative work. It is open to all in Paley Library Lecture Hall, but operates on a first-come, first-serve basis. –Jessica Smith


The Exploring Leadership Speaker Series kicks off on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Tuttleman Hall Room 101. The series will feature local speakers who will give inspiring leadership advice to students. Quincy “QDeezy” Harris will be talking this week. The event is open to all students and no registration is required. –Jessica Smith


Alumni dancers will perform Friday night from 7:30-9 p.m. in Conwell Dance Theater on the fifth floor of Conwell Hall. Performances will feature Helen Hale, Abby Zbikowski and Tanya Calamoneri. Tickets are $15 for students and $10 for owners of the Dance USA Philadelphia Dance Pass. This event is open to all and is sponsored by the Temple’s General Activities Fund. –Jessica Smith


The Fresh Grocer will be offering a nutritional tour today from 3-4:30 p.m. The 90-minute tour will offer information on choosing healthy food to make balanced meals and how to save money when shopping. A student health dietician will be leading the discussion. It is open to all students but requires registration. –Jessica Smith

Student finds ‘zen’ in rooftop trombone performances streets of Venice Beach. He was carrying his case around the town when a spray paint artist asked him to play; the artist then proceeded to rap over the trombone. “He lent me his spot every time he wasn’t around,” Conchelos said. His music career at Temple differs a bit from high school; at Boyer College of Music and Dance he focuses strictly on jazz and is a member of the school’s jazz band. “It has a certain feel to it, there’s not a negative attitude when it comes to jazz,” Conchelos explained of his passion for the style. When Conchelos and his roommates moved in last September, they took to this roof as a hang out place, often watching the stars at night. The music major thought that it would be a great place to start playing music. One of his roommates is a guitar major and will sometimes play backup for him, but Conchelos is the only one who plays on the roof alone. Every day between 3:30-5


p.m. and during mornings and sunsets, Conchelos takes to the roof to blast his trombone for the Broad Street inhabitants. The roof isn’t just a place for Conchelos to be a roof performer; he said the sunsets, especially in the spring, are unforgettable. “I’ve made this roof my zen,” Conchelos said. His first few times on the roof were for himself, he said, just to practice some “licks.” Then, when he started noticing the community taking pictures and videos of him, applauding and smiling, he worked with it. He began playing on the roof every day. “My favorite thing about Temple is how he plays on the roof right outside my dorm,” Shaelynn Trapp said. Trapp is a freshman psychology major who lives in White Hall. Not only does the rooftop player intrigue Temple students, but also members of the community. Members of Berean Presbyterian Church, located across from White Hall, heard his music and asked if he and

other Temple music students would put on a benefit concert, Conchelos said. “My favorite is when people walk to the beat of my music,” Conchelos said. Conchelos would like to see his rooftop become a safe hangout for anyone interested. He even made the suggestion to put chairs out near the community garden and make it a hang out place similar to Beury Beach for Temple students. “I like how, even with my lack of social media presence, this has really spread by word of mouth,” Conchelos said. As a junior, Conchelos’s future music plans are to continue with a focus in jazz. Conchelos is a musician on the Temple University’s Jazz Band album, which is nominated for six Grammy awards. The jazz musician wants people to understand why he plays on top of his apartment. “I don’t do this for money or attention, I do this because I love music.” * emily.scott@temple.edu

brianna spause TTN

Student musician Andy Conchelos plays the trombone on the roof of his home every day between 3:30-5 p.m. and during mornings and sunsets.


Brian Williams shared personal stories and advice with students at Main Campus on Sept. 26.

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lack of it, that are still there today,” Williams said. “I go back down there a lot. New Orleans and the people of the Gulf Coast have really wrapped their arms around me. I think we have made 17 trips back since the storm with our broadcast in tow.” Many students in the audience admired Williams for his respect for the tragedy. “I was most surprised by how affected Brian Williams was, and still is, about the time he spent reporting on Hurricane Katrina,” Morgan O’Donnell, a freshman journalism major, said. “I had no idea that he was so dedicated and emotionally connected to the people of New Orleans, as well as forever marked by the ‘unspeakable’ things he said he witnessed.” The mood lightened when a student approached Williams, a self-professed dog lover, about his views on cats. “This comes up from time to time,” Williams said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “It’s controversial. I’ll put it this way, [dogs] are generators of love. Cats are as likely to be on top of the refrigerator when

you come home, and maybe decide seven hours later to look at you. It’s that selfless love that you get from a dog.” Williams explained, in a more serious tone, that while content in a half-hour news segment devoted to lighter material might be incremental in the larger picture, it plays an important role. He noted that the top of every newscast is often devoted to grim news, and “elective material” provides the relief so many viewers look for in a broadcast. The broadcaster and journalist provided students with valuable insight into his daily life. SMC student student Ryan Wallen wants to be a sports broadcaster upon graduation from Temple. “I think I can take the fact that writing will be an essential factor in furthering my education here at Temple and applying it to my future careers,” Wallen, a freshman journalism major said. “I also believe I will take away Mr. Williams' humbleness toward his profession and his determination. Hearing him speak, I can truly see he is grateful for the prestigious position he has achieved, and not only maintains his celebrity lifestyle, but is a family-man

first.” Williams kept the crowd engaged throughout the hourlong conversation. He shared stories from his appearances on 30 Rock, relationships with numerous late-night talk show hosts, and affinity for Jim’s Steaks on South Street. Williams’ authenticity and genuine love for broadcasting and journalism was prevalent throughout the discussion. “I thought it went great,” said Max Blake, a freshman studying Media Studies & Production. “It was really cool to see such an icon be so approachable and connect with students. He was able to answer all sorts of questions and had such a great sense of humor. It seemed like he was really excited to win the award.” Later in the afternoon, Williams, along with seven alumni of the School of Media and Communication, were honored with awards recognizing their achievements in media in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Williams joins a long line of distinguished honorees who have received Klein’s Excellence in the Media Award. * timothy.mulhern@temple.edu





Men’s tennis makes progress in invitational OWLS WON THREE OF FOUR DOUBLES MATCHES

Coach Steve Mauro said he believes the men’s tennis team finished strong in the final day of the Penn Invitational last Sunday. “I think today was probably the best they have played in this invitational,” Mauro said. The team competed in individual matches against Saint Joseph’s. The Owls won three out of their four doubles matches. Coach Mauro said that he was very impressed with the new doubles combination of sophomore Vineet Naran and junior Maros Janurko. Naran and Janurko won their six-game pro set 6-4. One player who performed well throughout all three days was senior Hernan Vasconez. “Vasconez in singles had a very good tournament,” Mauro said. “I was really happy with him.” Vasconez said this tournament is a good chance for him to fix some problems. “My back hand was not working very well, but during the matches I was adjusting a little and moving my feet more,” Vasconez said. He also added that his backhand was his best stroke yesterday in his match against Georgetown University. Vaconez won a two-game set against Saint Joseph’s, 6-3 and 6-1. Before the team played, Mauro had the team practice drills. “I think that helped a couple guys with a couple of techniques I really wanted them to work on,” Mauro said. -Connor Northrup


Polley, who flicked a back heel to Martinelli on that first goal, recorded a second assist when he flicked a ball to redshirt senior Chas Wilson, who calmly finished his chance to give the Owls a two-goal lead at the 48:56 mark during the second half.




Junior defensive back Tavon Young returns his interception for a 93-yard touchdown.

Jokinen did some light running around the practice field last Friday at the Ambler Sports Complex. Freshman midfielder Felipe Loborio started practice with a brace on his right leg, but then sat out the last hour of practice. Another player that has not seen action since Sept. 5 against Penn State is redshirt sophomore forward Donovan Fraiser. Coach David MacWilliams said Fraiser had violated “team rules,” but declined to comment further. -Steve Bohnel




Heading into the conference schedule, Joonas

Temple took the No. 15 spot in the third week of the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll,

opening win at Vanderbilt, in which he caught five passes for 46 yards. As the team’s third-most productive receiver a year ago justments [at the half],” Fitzbehind departed wideouts Ryan patrick said. “[Offensive coAlderman (graduated) and ordinator Marcus Satterfield] Robby Anderson (dismissed), made some minor adjustments. It wasn’t just me, as an offense he caught 38 passes for 423 we all played better, to be hon- yards and three touchdown receptions. est.” “We’ve always been beAfter Temple caught a yond it since he left the team. break on the called-back UCoWe don’t really talk about it,” nn touchdown, its sputtering Fitzpatrick said of Anderson’s offensive unit took the field. departure for academic reasons Two minutes, 32 seconds into in February. the second half, Fitzpatrick Fitzpatrick was thrust into was able to create some space the role of Temple’s No. 1 redownfield, haul in a 42-yard ceiver prior to training camp, touchdown pass from Walker and he’s largely improved on and fulfill his word. the field since, coach Matt As the Owls’ passing ofRhule said. fense started I think stretching the Jalen has just field in the seccome out and ond half, Fitzhe’s just flown patrick collected around,” Rhule passes of 21 and said. “He’s got 22 yards, respec[Acromioclatively. He finvicular joint ished the Owls’ pain] every 36-10 romp of Jamie Gilmore / running back game. He gets the Huskies hurt and he with 108 yards keeps coming receiving on six back. No player receptions, all in on our team has improved from the second half, and his fourth spring ball to now as much as touchdown grab in as many Jalen has, and he’s done that games. through hard work and tremen“He’s a key player for dous effort.” us,” junior running back Jamie While he appreciated Gilmore said. “That’s what he Rhule’s postgame compliment, does. He makes big plays. As Fitzpatrick didn’t make much soon as he made big plays he of it. was bringing the rest of the “I don’t look at it too much team with him, and everybody to be honest,” he said. “I’m started to make plays.” just trying to get Fitzpatrick UP NEXT better. I’m not logged more Owls vs. Tulsa where I want to than 100 yards Oct. 11 at Noon be yet. … Me receiving for individually, the second and as an offense and the entime in his Temple career, as tire team, we still have as much he caught four passes for 128 room as we want to [in order] to yards in the Owls’ 33-14 win improve.” against Army last season. He has scored in each of Temple’s games, and has accounted for * andrew.parent@temple.edu 288 of the team’s 857 passing ( 215.204. 9537 T @Andrew_Parent23 yards, nearly 34 percent. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native was the team’s leading receiver in each of Temple’s three wins, with his least productive contest coming in Temple’s 30-point seasonContinued from page 20


“[Jalen] is a key player for us. That’s what he does. He makes big plays.

-Nick Tricome

and the No. 13 spot in the first week of the NCAA’s RPI rankings. -Nick Tricome



Junior midfielder/forward Jared Martinelli and redshirt freshman forward Miguel Polley were both named to the American Athletic Conference’s weekly honor roll this past week for their performances in a 2-0 victory against Cincinnati Saturday. Martinelli scored the opening goal of the match in the first 10 minutes, recording his second goal of this season. He last scored in a 2-2 draw at La Salle on Sept. 13.

Tavon Young continued a big-play trend for Temple’s defense Saturday afternoon. The junior defensive back intercepted Connecticut quarterback Chandler Whitmer deep in Huskies terrority as UConn was driving, and followed several blocks upfield en route to a 93-yard return. The interception marked Young’s third of the season, as he picked off two passes in Temple’s road win at Vanderbilt on Aug. 28, and the sixth of his career. He had one of them a year ago. His return was the second-longest in school history, as Elijah Joseph returned an interception for 95 yards in 2009 against Buffalo. Young’s interception was one of three turnovers for the Owls’ defense in last Saturday’s 36-10 win. -Andrew Parent


Sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for his performance against Connecticut last Saturday. Walker completed 69 percent of his passes and recorded two touchdowns – one rushing and one passing. The Owls will look ahead to a bye week before their conference bout with Tulsa at home Oct. 11. -EJ Smith

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there, the team will compete against Villanova and UConn at home. The Owls will also face non-conference opponents against No. 7 Penn State, Lafayette and William & Mary. The team upset a No. 6-ranked Nittany Lions squad 3-0 on Sept. 6, 2013 last season, and coach Amanda Janney expects them to want to return the favor. “Penn State is a big one,” Janney said. “We know that the challenge is going to be there, that they are going to want to get back at us.” Temple will also face the defending national champions in UConn, a team it struggled with at the end of last season, coming its way. “We absolutely didn’t play our best against them,” Janney said. “We’re playing great hockey now, so we need to make sure we play our best with them.” The Owls will be going in with an offense led by Youtz, who leads the team with nine goals and 19 points, and other offensive threats like sophomore forward Katie Foran and junior forward Tricia Light, along with a defense that, to this point, has held opponents to 1.33 goals per game. Lizzy Millen’s goalkeeping has played a factor in that number, posting an 84.1 save percentage that was ninth in the nation as of Sept. 26, and a 1.24 goals against average that currently ranks No. 16 in the nation. In the past four games, the redshirt senior made 35 saves, allowing five goals during that span. “A lot of it has to do with this being my last year,” the cocaptain said. “I can’t say never, but the likelihood of me continuing field hockey is slim. So I just wanted to put my best season and my best effort toward the team.” “She saves our butt 98 percent of the game,” Youtz said. “Just knowing that she is going to be there, that last one who

Senior forward Amber Youtz battles for the ball with a Drexel defender on Sept. 21.

can always stop it for us, it just gives us confidence that we can be more risky in the front, that we can be more risky on defense because we have such a phenomenal goalie.” After seeing its conference opponents for the first time last year, Youtz said the team will ADVERTISEMENT

have some familiarity on its side. “We understand these teams,” Youtz said. “We’ve played them last year, we’re starting to understand how the play. But we’re also building rivals. Now it has people where you want to come out and you


want to stick it to them, and I think having that fire for a game is something that is really good to have.” * nick.tricome@temple.edu T @itssnick215



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prove ourselves,” Iacobini said. “When we went there last year they demolished us to say the least.”

Praise Martin-Oguike (right) celebrates his fumble recovery for a touchdown against the University of Connecticut Sept. 27 in a 36-10 conference victory.


Snow emphasizing turnovers in practice TURNOVERS PAGE 20 going where you’re supposed overs. The increase in turnovers to.” Snow, who has coached in has been attributed to many factors, defensive coordinator Phil the NFL, stressed to his fellow Snow said, but the main differ- coaches the patience it would ence the past year has made is require for his young defense to reap the understanding the benefits of defensive playhis defensive book, resulting in scheme. faster, more ag“A year gressive play. ago I told “The guys are [Rhule] and learning what to all of the do, and they’re in defensive position,” Snow coaches ‘Stay said. “Everybody has made great with the prostrides, and this cess,’” Snow doesn’t work unsaid. “We’ve less we do that.” got all these “Defense is Phil Snow / defensive coordinator guys for two a reaction game, or three years. offense is a whole different … There’s a number of guys on game,” Snow said. “If you don’t this team that have improved quite know what you’re do- because they’ve bought in and ing and your eye progressions the coaches have done a good aren’t good then you won’t be job with them.”

“The guys are

learning what to do and they’re in position. Everybody has made great strides.

The Owls also rank in the Top 5 in defensive scoring among Division I schools by adding three more scores against the Huskies. The defensive line, a group that has scored four defensive touchdowns in as many games, has been a main contributor to the defensive scores. For sophomore defensive lineman Sharif Finch, the defensive touchdowns create an impact on the flow of the game, as they can put teams behind and then focus on the pass. “Whenever you get them playing from behind, you can use your speed off the edge,” Finch said. “We’re really fast off the edge, so having that advantage can really help us.” Tavon Young’s 93-yard interception return marked the game’s first score, as Praise Martin-Oguike’s 11-yard fumble recovery marked the second

defensive touchdown of the game. The coaching staff made increasing turnovers a priority for the defense during the offseason. “We really made an emphasis on turnovers and the guys are really learning what to do






and it’s making a difference,” Snow said. “We’re thinking ‘Get the ball.’” Matakevich attributed the increase in forced turnovers to the coaching staff’s efforts. “The coaches have just been getting on us,” Matakevich said. “In practice they’ve been telling us that we have to create turnovers, eliminate big plays and hustle, and guys really just bought in and they’re just making plays.” Matakevich also claimed that, because of motivation, the team’s turnovers come in bunches. “Once one guy makes one you’ll hear guys on the sideline screaming ‘I’m going to get one next,” Matakevich said. * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17

Defense developing identity Coach Bakeer Ganes knows his teams strengths and weaknesses. In recent years, Temple has struggled to generate blocks. Temple has 92 blocks this season, but sits close to the top of The American in digs (16.39 per set) and hitting percentage (24.5). “We were never the strongest blocking team and we don’t have to be the way we play,” Ganes said. Defensively, the tactics change depending on the opponent. In a conference like The American, Ganes said there are numerous opposing hitters his team will have to prepare for. “We want to serve in a position that puts them out of system so they can’t set certain hitters,” Ganes said. The team’s defensive identity is simple. Ganes wants his team to be able to end points quickly. “We want to close out rallies faster,” Ganes added. “We don’t want to get into back and forth. Physically, a lot of times, we are not capable of doing that especially against bigger teams.” For Ganes, it’s easy to get the team to understand their goals defensively. “It’s actually not that hard because we can’t physically be a great blocking team because we are limited in that aspect.” Davis hits season high Despite playing in 22 matches a year ago, sophomore Tyler Davis only started in nine. This season, Davis has already started eight matches this season for Temple. The outside hitter’s role has expanded significantly and Sunday’s match against East Carolina saw her hit a season high 35.7 percent and post a team-leading 13 kills. Sunday’s match also was the fourth in which Davis posted double-digits kills. Davis is averaging 2.82 points per set and 2.47 kills per set. * greg.frank@temple.edu @G_Frank6


Ice hockey

Owls finish second in local City 6 ice hockey tournament gotten away from playing in the tournament, but Roberts cited popularity for motivating his idea. “I believe our brand of STEPHEN GODWIN JR. hockey is gaining popularity and this would be a way to The Temple News better publish the game in this Drexel hosted the first an- area,” Roberts said. After Roberts left coaching nual City 6 tournament this past weekend, but the original in March 2013 to spend more inspiration for the tournament time with his family, he found is rooted with a former Temple more time on his hands. Roberts’ plan involved pitplayer and coach. Jerry Roberts said he al- ting American Collegiate Hockways wanted to create the tour- ey Association teams Drexel, nament since he started coach- St. Joe’s, Villanova, Penn, La ing at Temple during the 2009 Salle and Temple against each season, but lacked free time to other in a three-day weekend tournament. strategize. Roberts sent emails to the Roberts played with the Owls from Fall 2002 to Spring respective schools during the 2007, and remembers the Liber- summer of 2013 to gauge interty Bell Tournament,” a competi- est in the idea. Drexel general manager tion hosted by the University of Justin Levin was drawn to the Pennsylvania. The event featured four idea because he believes the event will bring teams: Penn, greater awareUP NEXT Temple, La ness to PhilaOwls at Lehigh Salle and St. delphia hockey. Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Joseph’s. The Roberts admits Owls placed second, losing to Drexel 2-1 in that while he did inspire the the championship game Sunday idea, it was Levin and his associates who dealt with the tourafternoon. Recently, the league had nament’s logistics.

Former coach Jerry Roberts helped form the tournament.

All of the proposed teams were interested, but each already had their schedules filled up for the next season. Roberts and Levin reworked their plan by starting on the details at the end of last season to make the tournament happen in 2014. In conjunction with the revamped plan, the other teams reserved a weekend in this year’s schedule. Roberts said Penn’s Class of 1923 arena was eventually chosen as the host site for the tournament due to its 1972 refurbishment. “We were shooting for the nostalgia thing because it’s an old rink, and since we were celebrating Philadelphia hockey, it seemed like a cool place to have it,” Roberts said. The historical rink was introduced by an alumni organization called “Friends of Pennsylvania Hockey.” The group of Howard Butcher III, John Cleveland and Bill Wise donated $3.2 million for the facility’s creation. The donation was the largest in school history at the time. The building has hosted teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and the ice hockey programs


Senior goalie Eric Semborski (left) has taken on the starting role for the men’s ice hockey club.

for Drexel, Villanova and St. Joe’s. Levin said he expected 400-600 people funneling in and out of the arena on Saturday, but anticipates recruiting to be taking place as well. “We are hoping to attract juniors and seniors from the area in high school that are starting the college process or are at least starting to think about col-

lege,” Levin said. “They can come down and see one of the six teams playing and maybe talk to some of the coaches and players about what their programs are about.” Roberts worked the St. Joe’s-Penn game Friday as a linesman referee, a trade he said he picked up as a hobby when he stepped away from coaching. The playing and coaching

days are over for Roberts, but he said he plans on remaining involved with ice hockey circles in some capacity. “It’s an addiction you can’t walk away from,” Roberts said. “I can’t exist without some kind of ice hockey in my life.” * stephen.godwinl@temple.edu T @StephenGodwinJr




Men’s soccer

Owls endure early season struggles no matter how it is. Whether it’s performing on the field … or off the field, [we’re] trying to keep the level up in practice, and keep the guys motivated.” STEVE BOHNEL A lot of keeping the ball out of Scheck’s net has to do The Temple News with the organization of TemIt’s been a different start ple’s back four, which has seen for the men’s soccer team, as new faces all year. The only the Owls have won only two consistent starting defenders games a month into the season. have been sophomores Robert At this point last fall, Sagel and Matt Mahoney, who Temple sported a 6-3 record, have started every match. Freshman Cameron Johnand had only surrendered six son, redshirt senior Jonah goals in those nine matches. This fall, the team sits at Williams, sophomore Stefan 2-6-1, and has already given Mueller, and redshirt freshman up 14 goals, which exceeds Mark Grasela have all spent its season total of 13 from last time filling in the other two spots this season. year. Sagel, who played for the Perhaps more crippling than the defensive struggles is United States’ U-20 national the fact that Temple has lacked team during the summer, is the the ability to finish. The Owls other co-captain this fall. He have been shut out five times said building any prominent this season, despite their 28 program takes time, no matter shots on target in those match- how much talent exists among individuals on a squad. es. “Obviously, it’s been frusCoach David MacWilliams’ team entered the season trating,” Sagel said. “But it’s with a recruiting class ranked a process. We’re kind of in the No. 19 on collegesoccernews. transition years of building a program. … We do have a lot com. But even with all the tal- of talent, and it goes beyond ent, the team has struggled due specific individuals, and we’re to inexperience. MacWilliams excited to have a fresh start in said a lot of the team’s strug- conference.” Even though the defense gles have had to do with team chemistry, which can only de- has seen realignment all season, the Owls still face convelop through experience. “We’re still a very young cerns with their offensive proteam,” MacWilliams said. duction. They turned the tide “We only start [three or four] in their first American Athseniors. Anytime you do that, letic conference match against and you’re playing at [a high] Cincinnati, netting two goals level, it’s going to be difficult in their first win in nearly a month. no matter how UP NEXT MacWilgood the talent Owls at USF liams said a is. We’ve made Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. major key to some mistakes that have cost us because of establishing chemistry and creating scoring opportunities is youth.” Those mistakes lead to playing the game unselfishly. “[We have] to move the goals for the opposition, which puts the defense at a disadvan- ball more, and rely on each tage. The Owls have led in two other versus individuals,” matches thus far this season, MacWilliams said. “We’ve both of which they ended up been a team that has good talwinning. MacWilliams said ent, but it’s talent when we “chasing the game” is an ex- have the ball. We have to find tremely difficult thing to do, no a mix when we don’t have the ball … it’s almost like an ‘Almatter the circumstances. Senior goalie and co- len Iverson’ situation where captain Dan Scheck has been [guys think] ‘OK, Allen’s goin net for 11 of those 14 goals ing to do it’ … but [soccer] is a allowed. Scheck admitted this team game.” has been his team’s worst start during his tenure at Temple, * steve.bohnel@temple.edu but said he realizes this is T @SteveSportsGuy1 when leadership matters most. “Right now, leadership has to show up big-time,” Scheck said. “I need to help this team get out of this slump,

The men’s soccer team has struggled early on both sides.


Ryan Wheeler watches fielding practice at Smithson Field, where he is an assistant coach for St. Joseph’s.

Wheeler reunites with former players WHEELER PAGE 1

a couple of guys were embracing.” news,” Wheeler said. “The first thing I said was, ‘Guys, they don’t Amid a season of meetings, interviews and desperation, the give you a manual on this when you enter coaching.’” baseball coach finally accepted that Temple’s 87-year-old baseball Despite being unsure of what to do, Wheeler said he approgram had come to an end, as one player at a time slipped away proached administration countless times attempting to save the down Broad Street. baseball program. “That’s how Temple baseball ends, at midnight, right there on Wheeler said he fought to save the team, partly because of its Broad Street,” Wheeler said. storied history. Dec. 6, 2013 – the day the university announced its decision “The baseball program had some history, it had some success to cut seven sports, later reduced to five, including baseball – still at Temple,” Wheeler said. “But this was all about money, our sport haunts Wheeler. is costly and our facility is not as flexible as some other sports. “I don’t think that will ever be a day that I forget,” Wheeler But I just don’t think there was enough creativity because the time said. “I dealt with it every single day for six months.” schedule was fast.” During the days following the cuts, Wheeler was desperate to Heading into the final stretch of their season, Wheeler’s team figure out his next step, and unsure if he could hold his team to- lost its locker room to the lacrosse team due to locker room renogether for its final season. vations. The team had to move to the women’s basketball visitor’s “Initially, I recognized that guys were going to leave,” Wheeler locker room to finish their final three weeks. said. “After I digested it, I realized it wasn’t fair for the seniors – The adjustment proved to be the final straw for a despondent we had the opportunity to play the season. So I very group. quickly changed my thought process to ‘Let’s try to “That crushed my guys,” Wheeler said. “One Where Are They Now? play this season, especially for the seniors.’” of the only things that we had was our locker room. The third of a series examining how Despite his resolve to keep his team focused on the athletic cuts have affected the That was a sacred place.” their final season, Wheeler couldn’t dedicate all of lives of student-athletes and coaches. Nearly 10 months after the cuts were anhis time to the Owls. Once the cuts materialized, the nounced, Wheeler said his contact with Athletic Difirst-time head coach had to quickly shift his focus rector Kevin Clark was cut off. Wheeler found the from saving the program he had invested in, to finding another job. severed relationship disturbing, citing the team’s relative success He eventually accepted an assistant coaching position at Saint in the spring. Joseph’s University, the team’s former crosstown rival. “We were the only sports team at Temple to win a game in our “It’s different,” Wheeler said. “It’s a little weird ... For years conference tournament and I got nothing,” Wheeler said. we’ve been trying to beat them, but here I am trying to help them, For Wheeler, the thought of his final moments with the team it’s been a little strange, but I’m fully embracing everything here at still conjure up emotions. St. Joe’s.” “I felt like as I got into the summer that I was okay with things,” Wheeler is one of three former members of Temple’s baseball Wheeler said. “As we got closer to the fall here, the thought of me program to move to St. Joe’s, joining junior and sophomore pitch- not returning to Temple, them not returning to campus and seeing ers Tim McCarthy and Patrick Vanderslice, both of whom made them again, it really hit.” plans to transfer during their final season with Temple baseball. “I obviously wonder how they’re doing, but I had to let them The two pitchers said they were relieved to hear their former go,” Wheeler added. “They’re off with their new coaches and new coach was coming with them to their new school, mainly because programs. It still hurts.” of the appreciation they’d developed for him during their final seaWheeler said his biggest disappointment, however, lies in the son. fact that he lost the opportunity to see his coaching career through “Coach Wheeler handled things really well,” Vanderslice said. at Temple. “He did whatever he could to save the program, he was constantly “Those guys were there for four years, but I came to Temple on his phone and busy trying whatever he could to save us.” with plans to make it someplace I stayed for the rest of my life,” Wheeler, however, said he was completely unprepared to han- Wheeler said. “I was pouring everything I had into the program and dle the cuts, and he notified his players early that their last season we were building, we were changing and we were moving forward. together was going to be a learning process for everyone. … Not being able to see that through, that really bothers me.” “I remember I had about 45 minutes from when I found out and when I actually spoke to the team and they had just received the * esmith@temple.edu

underclassmen spotlight | women’s cross country

Young runners provide with long-term chance to develop The women’s cross country team consists of four freshmen. ED LEFURGE III The Temple News Louise Huuki and the rest of her teammates didn’t take long to get acquainted. With a women’s cross country roster mostly made up of freshmen, the majority of underclassmen has helped the team develop familiarity. “It’s kind of cool that we are the majority,” Huuki, a freshman, said. “It doesn’t feel like high school where it is upperclassmen and underclassmen. Here there isn’t that division, we are one cohesive team.” Next year, the team is set to return with seven runners on the roster and no seniors. Currently the roster is composed of three seniors, three sophomores and four freshmen. Cross country coach James

Snyder said the youth makes for a lack of predictability for his young team. “The most exciting part about a young group is that there is uncertainty,” Snyder said. “Uncertainty could be a good thing or could be a bad thing. I think the most important thing with the girls we have, is that they continue to develop, continue to grow. I’m really excited about this group because this is my first recruiting class here at Temple.” Snyder’s first recruiting class consists of four freshmen – Catherine Pinson, Megan Connors, Katie Hayes and Huuki. With two out-of-state recruits, Snyder is attempting to broaden the team’s recruiting approach. The track & field program is now being led by recently hired head coach Elvis Forde. “We are trying to take a more national approach when we are recruiting,” Snyder said. “I think that’s something that

freshman up there its exciting Coach Forde exemplifies.” From this recruitment because we can see where she class, Pinson has managed to can go as an individual, but also stand out from the rest, record- take us as a team.” ing times close to those of sePinson said her high benchnior Jenna Dubrow, the Owls’ mark set in the invitational is an most dominant runner. opportunity to grow and develAt the Big 5 op as an athlete. Invitational last “I like to season, Dubrow, think that I as a junior, ran am dedicated the course in enough to bring 15 minutes, 6.5 me to a higher seconds. At that level, that’s meet two weeks what I wanted ago, Pinson ran when I came the same course here,” Pinson in 15:06.70, just said. “I think two-tenths of a that I can bring second slower the want to train James Snyder / coach than Dubrow’s [to the team]. performance in her junior year. Once you race and the outcome Other runners, though, is whatever it is, people are were not surprised. more receptive to where I’ve “With workouts and races, fallen. I work for the place that she’s right up there with [Du- I get.” brow],” sophomore Rachel FlyThis will be Pinson’s secnn said. “A lot of us aren’t used ond year running cross country. to that because we are used to Throughout high school, she it just being [Dubrow] and An- played varsity soccer for three drea [Mathis], so now seeing a years and didn’t join the cross

“The most

exciting part about a young group is that there is uncertainty.

country team until her senior year. With runners like Pinson, the team is continuing to improve, Flynn said. “From last year to this year, we’ve made big steps, so I know each year we will continue to make those big steps,” Flynn said. “I think a lot of that will be the incoming girls because they will have to make an impact right away.” Not only will Flynn be looked upon to step into a leadership role, but also to develop into one of the Owls’ top runners. “Rachel Flynn is one of our top five [runners] on the team,” Snyder said. “She’s a former lacrosse player and comes to the sport with a different mindset. As a former lacrosse girl, she’s a little bit more competitive than most.” Moving forward, the runners said they are optimistic for what the program’s future will look like. “We are getting some pretty

good competitive recruits from all over,” Huuki said. “So that’s exciting to add more talent to the team. I feel like the new coaching staff is trying to take it up a notch and become more competitive in our conference.” Flynn shares similar thoughts as Huuki about the team’s potential in the American Athletic Conference championship meet. By her senior year, Flynn said she feels the team can be one of the conferences’ best. “I think we can definitely be in the top three to five in the conference for cross country,” Flynn said. But, a high finish in the American Athletic Conference will not be an easy task, Snyder said. “[The American] is one of the most nationally competitive conferences for track & field in the NCAA,” Snyder said. * edward.lefurge@temple.edu T @Ed_LeFurge_III


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The men’s soccer team is having trouble on both sides of the field, with a 2-6-1 record this fall. PAGE 19


The ice hockey club lost to Drexel 2-1 in the championship game in the first-ever City 6 tournament. PAGE 18

Junior Tavon Young added to his interception total, the men’s tennis team is making progress, other news and notes. PAGE 17




TEMPLE 36 | UConn 10

Fitzpatrick leads Owls’ offense The senior receiver has scored in every game this season. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor


Junior linebacker Tyler Matakevich celebrates the Owls’ safety against Connecticut, where the defense contributed 16 points in Temple’s 36-10 conference win.

The defense continued to produce as it recorded 16 points in a 36-10 victory.

Safely in hand

EJ SMITH Sports Editor


att Rhule approaches his team like a disgruntled dad. During dinner time on the road, the second-year coach forc-

es his players to ignore their cell phones and other electronics in order for them to speak with one another. “In the age of cell phones, Facebook and Twitter, you can go a whole day without talking to the guy next to you,” Rhule said. “We go out and we sit in dinner and I want them to take their phones out and talk to the guy next to them.” The Owls’ fraternal mentality on the road has led to results in their first two road games, as they recorded their second road victory in a 36-10 win against

Connecticut last Saturday. The defense added three turnovers to its rapidly increasing turnover total with two interceptions from junior Tavon Young and redshirt-sophomore Nate L. Smith, along with a fumble returned for a touchdown. Rhule made it a priority to show junior linebacker and defensive captain Tyler Matakevich the improvements the team made through the course of a year. “I showed them some clips of last year and then I showed them clips from

field hockey

this year,” Rhule said. “I think they could see how much better they’re playing.” While Matakevich’s total number of tackles isn’t on pace to match that of last year’s, the entire defense has improved in the stat sheet, jumping from No. 108 to No. 13 in NCAA Division I total defensive rankings. Temple’s defense also increased its turnover total against UConn, as the Owls are now tied for second among all Division I FBS schools with 17 turn-


When Khalif Herbin muffed a kickoff around Temple’s goal line in the second half against Connecticut last Saturday, Jalen Fitzpatrick exercised his vocals on the Owls’ sideline. The Huskies were nearly gifted six points coming off the break when they recovered the ball on the redshirt sophomore’s botched kick return, but the play was called back for a Huskies offside. “I didn’t even know,” Fitzpatrick said of the wipedout play. “When I thought they got a touchdown and I told the offense, ‘We got it. We’re going to go down and score next time we get the ball. That’s it. That’s all we have to do.’ Luckily it wasn’t a touchdown, but if it was, we would’ve done the same thing that we did.” “We went down and scored,” he added. Though Temple held a 7-3 lead heading into the break, the Owls mustered 31 total yards of offense in the first half. Sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker had completed six passes for 23 yards, while a Temple rushing attack yielded eight yards on 10 attempts. “We just made minor ad-



Owls use previous season as motivation during road trip

A fruitless trip to Florida in 2013 led to team struggles. GREG FRANK The Temple News


Sophomore defender Ali Meszaros fields the ball against Drexel on Sept. 21 in a 1-0 loss.

With higher goals, captains shooting for tournament bid The No. 15 Owls are looking to improve after last season. NICK TRICOME The Temple News The Owls are chasing last year’s chances. Temple’s inaugural year in the Big East Conference saw them finish with a nationallyranked 14-6 (4-3 Big East) season, but one that ended with a first-round exit in the confer-

ence tournament, and the team falling one spot short of an NCAA Tournament berth. They’re not looking to miss out this time around. “Last year it was like, ‘Oh maybe we’ll get in,’” junior defender and co-captain Rachel Steinman said. “But this year we’re definitely trying to shoot for a spot in the NCAA Tournament.” “That’s our goal this year, 100 percent,” senior forward Amber Youtz said. “The day we walked in here, we wanted

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to make the NCAA tournament, and I think every single game is making that happen. We just need to keep building toward that goal, because everyone is on board for that one.” The No. 15 Owls are 6-3 overall as they prepare to enter Big East play. The schedule will start on the road with Providence on Oct. 3. Temple will face Villanova on Oct. 10, followed by games against No. 19 Old Dominion, Georgetown and No. 2 Connecticut. From


Jennifer Iacobini knew her team missed an opportunity. The senior middle blocker recalled a trip to Florida a year ago, when it faced the Central Florida followed by the South Florida two days later. At the time, Temple entered the Sunshine State 6-1 in its first seven American Athletic Conference matches. Yet, the Owls dropped back-to-back 3-0 decisions on the southern road swing, and soon lost four of their next six matches. The Owls closed out their season against the Florida teams, and would finish with a 9-9 record in conference play. Iacobini, one of Temple’s two seniors, said the season would not have spiraled out of control if the team had posted better results against both Florida s chools. “[It would have been] a lot different,” Iacobini said. “We probably would have been Top 3 in the conference.” This season, having lost two of its top players from a year ago in Gabby Matautia and Elyse Burkett, Temple features



Sophomore outsider hitter Caroline Grattan serves in a recent home match at McGonigle Hall.

a revamped roster, but Iacobini said the team wants to make a statement this weekend when the Owls return to Florida with

matches against UCF on Friday and USF Sunday. “We definitely want to






New family-run truck arrives on campus Osborn Yu runs Kobawoo Express as an extension of his family’s supermarket.


CLAIRE SASKO Lifestyle Editor

sborn Yu said he made one mistake in the design of his family’s food truck: printing the logo on the vehicle’s back door. The door tilts up and faces the sky while Yu and his mother cook inside the truck. The window allows heat and the spicy scent of fresh Korean food to escape the tiny kitchen but prevents students from seeing the name of the business: Kobawoo Express. Still, the bright red truck is hard to miss. The authentic Korean food truck is new to Main Campus this semester. While describing his favorite item on the menu, Kimchi Jjim with pork ribs, Yu said he made the truck red for a reason. “[Kimchi Jjim with pork ribs] is slow cooked for four hours, and it is a stew that’s been reduced, so there’s very few liquid, and the meat just falls right off the bone,” Yu

said. “So it’s very rich in flavor, very luxurious and very spicy. That’s the reason why this truck is red. I wanted to make sure people knew that this is spicy food.” Yu said the truck is able to prepare and serve Kimchi Jjim, a sort of delicacy, because it is an extension of his family’s Korean supermarket and catering company, Ko Ba Woo Oriental Food Market. Yu’s parents, Angela and Joong, moved from Seoul, South Korea, to America in the 1970s, where they have been running the Ko Ba Woo Oriental Food Market ever since. Yu works at Kobawoo Express with his mother. “She’s teaching me the ropes,” Yu said. Yu said the supermarket boasts many advantages for the Kobawoo Express food truck. “This is what I view as an extension of the catering business. We come from a catering company, so our food is on that level, for that audience,” he said. “We’re not changing the recipes any bit for the Temple students or anyone else. They’re having as authentic Korean food as possible.” Authentic Korean food, Yu said, has become hard to find. “There are so many Asian fusion places right now,” Yu said. But there aren’t many authentic Korean places.”

Yu said authentic Korean food has more to offer than fusion choices available at many trucks and local eateries. Kobawoo Express does not use dairy products, Yu said, and offers tofu as a meat substitution for vegans and vegetarians. “There’s a lot less grease in the food,” Yu said. “It’s a lot healthier. In my opinion, it just tastes better. It’s cleaner.” Because Kobawoo Express is an extension of his family’s market, Yu said they are able to keep food prices down by cutting out the middleman. Yu said spicy pork and ramen noodles have been among student favorites so far. He expects students to order ramen noodles more as the temperature cools, along with various seasonal items his family will add to the menu. Kobawoo Express also offers various specialty food items like seaweed snacks, Aloe Vera drinks and Mochi. “We try not to bring out anything you can get anywhere else,” Yu said. “If people have a request that they want, they can just ask us and we’ll start bringing out more specialty items that they can only get at an Asian supermarket.”





The Temple News staff dishes out its Top 10 food trucks of 2014.



The Creperie


Sexy Green Truck




NY Famous Gyro


The Fruit Truck




Insomnia Cookies


Richie’s Lunchbox


Wingo Taco


Burger Tank


The Temple News Staff Favorites AVERY MAEHRER Editor-in-Chief

PATRICIA MADEJ Mangaing Edtior




TOFU BAHN MI Simply Yummy

EJ SMITH Sports Editor

CLAIRE SASKO Lifestyle Editor




CHICKEN OVER RICE New York Famous Gyro EMILY ROLEN Arts and Entertainment Editor



SAMOSAS Samosa Deb


For one freshman, Philadelphia is a city for food truck dining



A student opposes doubts of food truck cleanliness and finds significant benefits of trying the variety of cuisine.


hey line the streets, offering a countless number of cuisine choices from around the world, providing some of the finest sights, smells and tastes on Main Campus. Philadelphia is rated by Mobile-Cuisine.com as the 17th best city in the country to own one. Food trucks are undeniably a part of Temple and while many students love them, some worry about their sanitation and cleanliness. When I first arVINCE BELLINO rived at Temple, I was overwhelmed by all of the food choices. There were many trucks that offered adventurous food options that I had never even heard of before. Fortunately, I had heard all about the delicious alternatives to everyday meal plan options and I decided to give the trucks a shot. I was not disappointed – some of my best meals have been from food trucks. I hear some students say food trucks are not as sanitary as other eateries like sit-down restaurants or more traditional stands like the Bagel Hut. “I just feel like they would be dirty,” Tom Keenan, a freshman biology major, said. What many students do not realize is that food trucks are held to the same sanitation regulations as any other eatery in the state. Pennsylvania’s food code refers to a food establishment as “a room, building or place or portion thereof or vehicle maintained, used or operated for the purpose of commercially storing, packaging, making, cooking, mixing, processing, bottling, baking, canning, freezing, packing or otherwise preparing, transporting or handling food.” That means the Sexy Green Truck and the Creperie are held to the same state standards as the Student Center or the Morgan Hall food courts, places students frequently visit for meals. The Halal Philly Steaks truck across the street from the Student Center is a popular place to grab a bite on Main Campus. Customers are able to purchase foods like falafel, as well as other Halal and Middle Eastern foods. In response to growing restrictions on food trucks around the world, a 2014 study by the Institute for Justice examined “thousands of food safety inspection reports from seven cities, Boston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Seattle, Washington D.C. and in every one, food trucks and carts did as well, or even better, than restaurants.” Food trucks in Philadelphia are not exempt from these high standards. Owners are subject to yearly inspections in order to continue their license to operate, and new food trucks are required to undergo plan review requirements. Beyond these basic safety regulations, the Mobile Food Vending Unit-Plan Submission Guide requires certain routines like having a location vendors can go to each business day in

order to pick up fresh food and cleaning supplies. In other words, food cannot just be left inside the trucks overnight; it must be stored in a regulated and agreed-upon location. Other requirements have also been mandated over time – lists of equipment are now required in order for the Office of Food Protection to know what is in the truck for health reasons as well as safety reasons. Many students, like myself, have no issue with food truck cleanliness, believing their experiences and endorsements from other students are enough to show that the food trucks meet the same standards of health that other places on Main Campus do. “I think on a college campus they’re certainly clean, because they have a reputation to keep up in competition with tons of other local restaurants and dining halls in the area and the fact that they don’t take Diamond Dollars means they have to stay efficient to bring in good business,” Layla Rivera, a freshman theater major said. Rivera is not alone. “The food is really good [at the food trucks] and you can see your food being cooked right in front of you, as opposed to many big restaurants where you can’t see [the food being prepared],” Tanvir Saurav, a mechanical engineering major, said. The owner of Halal Philly Steaks called his business helpful to students, because of the affordability of his $5 meal option. Though concerns for food truck sanitation continue to exist, food trucks have a very strong reputation for cleanliness. Temple students, especially, can feel safe eating at food trucks – Philadelphia is rarely cited as an example of unsafe health conditions in food trucks. In fact, Mobile-Cuisine.com credited Philadelphia as the city where food truck culture really began to take off. Food Network stars like Jose Garces even own food trucks in the area – the Distrito Taco Truck has a permanent weekend spot at the Philadelphia Zoo. Food trucks have become a viable option for every entrepreneur with a creative recipe. Philadelphia is one of the best cities for food trucks – sanitation scores are constantly improving and the city is one of the most flexible for allowing trucks in the city and main campus has a plethora to choose from. The trucks provide a diverse array of food choices that students can enjoy without having to worry about unclean or unmonitored meals, all with the advantages of regular restaurants, With so many different options, we have the opportunity to add a little spice to our food routines – and we should. * vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF


Tim Lorber fills an empty tray with batter for an entree. BabyCakes is new to Main Campus this semester.

New truck takes the cake A new food truck on Main Campus serves sweet and savory cakes. PAIGE GROSS Assistant A&E Editor Tim Lorber’s advice is to “go where the people go.” It is this mindset that has lead the 1993 Temple alumnus to bridal showers, baby showers, festivals and now his alma mater’s with his month-old food truck, BabyCakes. The colorful cart, which barely fits Lorber, one other employee and a copper grill, has been producing small cakes of all kinds, following recipes from many different cultures. “The focus is not meat-intensive, which a majority of trucks are,” Lorber said. Lorber is a graduate of the school of education and taught for four years in Philadelphia, Coatesville and Guam, where he taught English for a year. After returning to the U.S., he sold software in Old City for eight years. “I just wanted to try something new­– the food cart business, try my hand in the center city lottery,” Lorber said. While Lorber was not lucky claire sasko TTN enough to grab one of the available Devon Cook prepares cake entrees for BabyCakes customers. spots in Center City, he saw Main Campus as an opportunity. cakes and poffertjes, a Pennsylvania which Lorber said has attracted much Lorber said food trucks were Dutch treat similar to breakfast pan- of their business. just as prominent in the food scene Lorber and his truck recentcakes. 21 years ago when he “People seemed ly served at the Dance on the Falls was a student, because very interested, be- Bridge festival where about 600 peoBroad Street did not cause it’s a different ple were in attendance. offer the dining choic“As we’re branding, getting our sort of snack,” Lorbes it does now. name out there, we follow the peoer said. While much of Devon Cook, ple,” he said. Temple’s food truck While Lorber is enjoying the use a Community Colscene has remained lege of Philadelphia of his two current trucks, the small the same, Lorber said student, who recent- Center City cart and the larger festihe noticed more diverly started working val cart, he wants to eventually exsity in the food served alongside Lorber, pand to have a BabyCakes truck in and customers attractsaid he is pursuing each neighborhood. ed. “That is the goal,” Lorber said. a degree in culinary Lorber teamed “People like to see new things, and arts. Tim Lorber / truck owner up with a food safety “I’m just learn- we’ve got that.” instructor to learn the ing today, but evenbasics of cooking in such a small tually this is what I want to do,” * paige.gross1@temple.edu space. Cook said. Some of the cakes featured inLorber teamed up with Old City clude ingredients like chives, sour designer Sean Martorana to create cream and crabmeat, while others the graphic appearance of the truck, satisfy a sweet tooth, like funnel

“I just wanted

to try something new – the food cart business, try my hand in the Center City lottery.

Newly established authentic Korean food a family affair KOBAWOO PAGE L1

Kobawoo Express parks on 13th Street outside of Beury Hall.


So far, Yu said he and his family have been enjoying the food truck business. “We haven’t really advertised, but every week we get a little more and more customers. People are telling their friends. It’s really good and gratifying,” he said. Yu leaned over to his mother, who spoke to him in Korean while smiling. “She said she just wants to show the young people, the young college kids here, just how awesome our Ko-

rean food is,” Yu said. “But from what I’ve noticed, I think Temple already knows,” he said. “It’s very multi-cultural. 10 years ago, if you asked people, ‘Do you want chopsticks or forks?’ everybody would be like ‘Forks.’ Now, everyone wants chopsticks.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu




Halal trucks are hard to miss at Temple. The colorful, graphic-heavy carts litter the streets, beckoning curious chowhounds. Halal food, or meals that have been certified according to Islamic Sharia law, might not be the first food students thought they would try before coming to Temple. But Halal trucks are often some of the busiest on Main Campus, and the wide array of businesses offering Halal hints at Temple’s demand for the trucks. For this issue of Lunchies, we’ve included seven of the most prominent Halal trucks on Main Campus. -Claire Sasko, Lifestyle Editor ILLUSTRATION ADDY PETERSON TTN





Lamb and chicken dishes

Lamb kabob platter HOW LONG BEEN AT TEMPLE:


27 years

3 years


Chicken or lamb over rice or Falalfel







Chicken over rice

Chicken Tika

3-4 years

4 years

3 years



Any dish with chicken

Lamb or chiken gyros and cheesesteaks



2-3 years

30 years




Albanian chef opens Italian cuisine truck Temple’s Best, located on 13th Street across from Tomlinson Theater, is under new ownership and now offers fresh Italian food. EMILY ROLEN A&E Editor Flamur Kalemaj said he was born in the kitchen next to the stove. Kalemaj moved to the United States from his native country of Albania six years ago to be a chef. He said he has been cooking for 20 years. A few weeks ago, Kalemaj started his first week cooking in a food truck. “I was born in Albania, but I love Italian food,” Kalemaj, a partner and chef in Temple’s Best Italian Sandwiches, said. The truck, which sits across from Tomlinson Theater on Norris Street, specializes in Italian sandwiches made with fresh and locally grown products. Kalemaj said he uses ingredients like broccoli rabe, mozzarella, fennel, peppers, onions and baby arugula in his sandwiches. “I want to feed people healthy,” Kalemaj said. “People are so busy, it’s like they don’t have time. Kids are busy studying, practicing and don’t have time to cook at home. So, that’s why I’m here.” Kalemaj said Temple’s Best Italian Sandwiches is still sometimes confused with Temple’s Best Mexican Food, the truck that used to operate from its place in front of Tomlinson Theater,

which sold burritos, tacos and nachos. He even kept the name, “Temple’s Best,” which he now considers a mistake. “When you go to Temple’s Best, don’t ask for a burrito,” Kalemaj said. “Ask for healthy, fresh food.” His sandwiches are all made on fresh bread and accompany a conversation with the chef himself. Even amid the process of making a student’s lunch, Kalemaj leans out the window to chat. “My sandwiches take long because they are not fast food,” Kalemaj said. “They require patience. Be patient.” Menu items – like the Erdeta, named after his wife who still lives in Albania – range in price from $2.50 to $8.99 for sides and sandwiches. Kalemaj said he is busiest between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on any given day. As the new kid on the block, Kalemaj said that even though he has only been on Main Campus for a week, he wants to meet every student. “I want every student to try at least one of my sandwiches,” Kalemaj said. “They have to have the experience of trying, at least once.” Senior graphic design major Kyle Harrison said he heard the truck offers good food for an affordable price. “All the design kids go there because it’s just so good,” Harrison said. With the truck being fairly new on Main Campus, Harrison said word is spreading about Kalemaj and what kind of food Temple’s Best offers. “I plan to go there sooner or later,” Harrison

An Italian sandwich sits on the counter of Temple’s Best Italian Sandwiches.

said. “I like to try new stuff.” When asked why he chose to bring a food truck to a college campus, the Italian-cooking Albanian just shrugged and threw up his hands. “I want to feed the kids,” he said. One of his sandwich creations comes complete with eggplant and fresh mozzarella topped with kosher salt, arugula, basil pesto on warm fresh baked bread.


“Every soul needs salt,” Kalemaj said. He smiled. A large slab of mozzarella, sprinkled with sparkling salt, melted into the eggplant sandwich in his hands. “And this will turn your mouth upside down.” * emily.rolen@temple.edu

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Volume 93 Issue 06  

Issue for Tuesday September 30, 2014.

Volume 93 Issue 06  

Issue for Tuesday September 30, 2014.


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