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TSG announces proposal for new security policies In response to the Willington standoff and attack on professor, TSG calls for change. there are ideas that are coming, we take them very, very seriously. And if they can be implemidst recently mented, we’ll certainly do our heightened safety very best.” Of the five suggestions, ofconcerns on camficials have not yet made conpus following the crete plans regarding the system standoff on Willington Street of checking IDs or a website and the attack on a professor in that would compile alerts. Anderson Hall, Temple Student Using the Government University of TSG PROPOSALS announced last Cincinnati’s FOR CAMPUS week a series of Public Safety proposals to the SECURITY website as university adan example, dressing five security concerns. 1. A more efficient ID- Temple’s Student Body TSG memchecking system. P r e s i d ent bers met with 2. Expanding alert Darin Baruniversity oftholomew practices. ficials three weeks prior to 3. Title all notifications said the program to crethe official an“alerts” and eliminate ate a website nouncement of compiling the suggestions “advisories.” alerts is free at the Nov. 11 4. A website with a list and would be General Asa quick instalof all alerts. sembly meeting. The five 5. A review of security lation. “Techniproposals called in the Student Center. cally it’s not for a more effidifficult, but cient ID-checkbureaucracying system in campus buildings, expanding wise, it can be,” Bartholomew the alert system, more consis- said. “There’s a lot of moving tent alert labeling, a website parts there. It’s not just putting compiling a list of all alerts and the software onto the website.” Creedon said a timeline for a review of security in the Stuthis proposal will be determined dent Center. later this week and that a more “My read of it in general is efficient ID-checking system is that it’s very constructive,” said a long-term goal of the univerJim Creedon, senior vice presisity. The leading proposed soludent for construction, facilities
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A Long Race to the Finish More than 30,000 runners competed in the the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 1. PAGE 2| AJA ESPINOSA TTN
Nurse’s murder sparks call to service Suzanne Durocher was remembered by colleagues after tragic death in N.J. home. JOHN MORITZ News Editor Friends say Suzanne Durocher traveled to the mountains of Honduras this summer looking for a “new beginning” following the death of her husband in 2011. During the volunteer trip with Temple’s Global Medical Brigade, Durocher had the students write their personal thoughts and feelings about her and the trip in her journal.
Suzanne Durocher works with children in Honduras this past summer as part of a clinical tour.|COURTESY LINA KHONG Before she left, she thanked all her fellow volunteers for their friendships formed abroad.
“We all agree that we were the lucky ones [to have met her],” said Nitasha Khanna, a
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and operations. “Certainly if
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Gavin White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2002.
Former starting fullback not on team, remains a student.
Wyatt Benson, a former starting fullback for the Owls, was put in an Accelerated Rehabilitation Disposition program at a hearing for assault charges in Philadelphia Municipal Court on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Benson’s case is the latest court decision handed down in four separate cases involving university football players. All but one, starting defensive tackle Kamal Johnson, have been dismissed from the team. Benson, 21, was arrested after an incident at a party at the University of Pennsylvania in April. The state initially charged Benson with aggravated assault, but eventually dismissed that charge and ordered him to community and other penalties on a charge of simple assault.
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Longtime coach charges through toughest battle yet
Benson gets service time for assault EDWARD BARRENECHEA JOHN MORITZ The Temple News
second year medical student at Temple and vice president of Temple’s Global Medical Brigade. “We hope she looked back at the journal to know how we all felt.” Students and faculty at Temple University Hospital expressed shock and sorrow after learning Durocher was stabbed to death on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in what has been ruled an attempted double murder on a mother and daughter. According to police, Durocher, 50, the associate chief nursing officer of operations at Temple University Hospital, and her daughter, Kristen Durocher, 22, were found inside their Merchantville, N.J. home
DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News A LION, A TRIP AND A PHOTO Junior Kelsey Dubinsky entered her shot of an African lion in a photo contest. PAGE 17 | COURTESY KELSEY DUBINSKY
Administrative transition continues under Theobald University posts top cabinet position on Web. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News After concluding the search for four vacant dean positions with the appointment of Laura Siminoff last week as dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work, the university is turning to another search – this one within the president’s cabinet. The university posted a job opening earlier this month for vice president of Institutional Advancement on the Chronicle
of Higher Education’s website. The position is currently held by the interim senior vice president for Institutional Advancement Tilghman Moyer. Moyer said in an interview in August that he was told by the president that he is expected to be a candidate for the position. “My goal is that I will be here a long time,” Moyer said. The university is employing the search firm Witt/Kieffer – the same firm used by the Board of Trustees’ presidential
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Before the start of each 6 a.m. crew practice, coach Gavin White tunes the car stereo to 93.7 WSTW, where he and members of the team hear artists like Pink, Rihanna, Maroon 5 and Miley Cyrus. “I really like this station,” White said. “They have a short playlist but I like it. It’s a good pre-race station. Last week, I said to the guys, ‘I don’t know what you listen to on the radio now.’ All they listen to is garbage. One guy got smart and Coach Gavin White looks toward his team during an earlysaid, ‘Coach, you like Christ- morning November practice. | JACOB COLON TTN mas music?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I like Christmas music.’ Then they that he has Parkinson’s dis“They put electrodes in my started singing ‘White Christ- ease – a brain disorder that af- brain,” White said. “I have a fects a person’s ability to move, box in my chest, like an electric mas.’” White, who is one of the with tremors being the most programmer that sends electric most decorated coaches in Tem- noted symptom. voltages and dopamine to my But White didn’t stop brain.” ple history, has been running the crew program for more than coaching. “My body is breaking In June 2010, White un- down,” White added. “My three decades. In 2002, however, a medical diagnosis would derwent deep brain stimulation hands shake, my handwriting is surgery to treat irregular brain terrible, it’s all scribbles. Taking change his life. Doctors informed White activity.
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Tyler students assist L.A. artist
Program teaches about horticulure
Police have not filed charges in their investigation of a drug lab in an off-campus apartment. PAGE 2
Katie Grinnan, an L.A.- based artist, came to Tyler for a residency this semster and enlisted students to help finalize a sculpture. PAGE 7
“We the Weeds” aims to teach the city’s youth about urban and rural plant life. PAGE 9
No arrest in MDMA bust
OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Improving campus rape reporting
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Owls blow late lead, fall to UCF
NEWS MENINGITIS AT PRINCETON Federal officials approved the importation of an unlicensed vaccine to combat a meningitis outbreak at Princeton University. PAGE 6
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WAGNER TO HOLD BIOMECHANICS TALK
A North Philadelphia youth football coach was arrested and charged with sexually abusing two young boys. PAGE 6
The Wagner Free Institute of the Sciences, located on 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, will hold a guest lecture by Temple professor Tonia Hsieh about the dynamics of animal motion on Nov. 21. ONLINE
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SMC relaxes intern policy at Inquirer Journalism department had discouraged interning with Philly’s largest paper due to lack of diversity. JOSEPH GILBRIDE The Temple News The journalism department has eased up on a policy from Spring 2013 that discouraged students from interning at the Inquirer’s city desk due to a lack of African-American reporters in the newsroom. This policy exists despite the recent appointment of a second Inquirer co-owner on the university’s Board of Trustees. Professor Maida Odom, director of the department’s internship office, said the faculty decided as a group to enact the discouragement policy on her suggestion after the Inquirer reassigned its last African-American city desk reporter, Vernon Clark, to the obituaries section. “We felt it was a tipping point,” Odom said. “We decided we shouldn’t send students into that environment.” Before joining the journalism department’s faculty in 2006, Odom worked as a reporter for the Inquirer for more than 20 years and worked on the city desk during that time. She said she remains close with staff members at the newspaper. Odom said the Inquirer city desk had “apartheid era staffing,” compared with other newspapers and media outlets where students were interning. When students were told about the policy, Odom said they were understanding. Several students interned at other sections of the newspaper, including sports and features. Odom said the policy technically ended after the spring semester when the Inquirer hired a new African-American reporter. She said the department still does not actively encourage internship opportunities at the publication. The department’s stance in the spring came before H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest joined Lewis Katz as the second member the Inquirer’s ownership group on Temple’s Board of Trustees, its highest governing body, in October. After his appointment to the board, Lenfest said he would be committed to Temple’s mission of diversity, citing it as one of the main reasons he became involved in donating money to Temple. “Students go [to Temple] because they want an education,” Lenfest said. “Not because their parents went to college.” The makeup of the Inquirer’s newsroom has been much less diverse than the student population at Temple and the population of the city workforce, Odom said. Lenfest, Katz and other Inquirer officials didn’t respond to requests for comment by The Temple News. Both are involved with a legal battle with the paper’s publisher over the firing of Editor Bill Marimow. They claimed co-owner George Norcross tried to meddle in newsroom operations and Marimow resisted it, resulting in his firing. Lenfest supported the School of Media and Communication in the past, establishing the Lew Klein Excellence in the Media Scholarship, which funds students on internship programs with awards up to $2,500. The Inquirer recently announced that spring internships will be paid. Odom said she was proud of the journalism department for going through with the policy. Joe Gilbride can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Competitors race by City Hall during the 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 17, in which 30,000 participated. | AJA ESPINOSA TTN
Race weekend draws Owls Students and faculty participate and cheer runners on in Philadelphia Marathon. KATE REILLY The Temple News
Students, faculty and administrators were some of the 30,000 participants in last weekend’s Philadelphia Marathon, which included series of races on Saturday and Sunday. The races included the Rotham Institute 8K run and a Kids Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 16 as well as the full and half marathons on Sunday, Nov. 17. Starting in 1994, the Philadelphia Marathon has gained popularity within the last 19 years, becoming one of the Top 10 marathons in the country by number of finishers. This year, heightened security at the event took center stage in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings in April that killed three and injured more than 250. Sophomore kinesiology major Morgan Mowers, who raced for her first time in the half marathon, said the extra security added a sense of safety following the tragedy. “The security was pretty tight, I had to get to the event before 5 a.m., [the marathon] started at 7 a.m. Even
Racers sped along the course, which followed the Schuykill River before concluding on the Ben Franklin Parkway. |AJA ESPINOSA TTN my family that came to support me had to go through security,” Mowers said. “It made me feel much more comfortable knowing that these precautions were being taken.” Ken Lawrence, senior vice president for government, community and public affairs and an avid runner competed in the half marathon for his second time with a finish of 2 hours, five minutes and seven seconds. Lawrence said he enjoyed the presence of the Temple community
amongst his fellow competitors and in the crowds along the race’s course, which began and ended at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Park Parkway and traced its way up and down the Schuykill. “You saw a lot of Temple people running or cheering the runners on. I wore my cherry shirt and you would notice the person next to you or the person cheering you on wearing a Temple shirt,” Lawrence said. Kaitlyn Maloy, a senior biol-
ogy major and head of the unofficial Temple running club Temple Core of Runners, led close to 10 students this year who participated in both the full and half marathons. Some members of the club were unable to run in the marathon this year but still participated in the action on Sunday. Maloy finished the full marathon with a time of 4:23:42. “Unfortunately, some of our group members were injured this semester,” Maloy said. “But one of the best parts about our group is that, injured or not, everybody wants to participate in some way.” Runners from all 50 states and around the world participated in the event. Abebe Mekuriya of Ethiopia was the first-place finisher with an official time of 2:17:34. Irina Alexandrova of Russia won the best female time at 2:39:05. Nick Hilton, originally of Reading, Pa., traveled from Flagstaff, Ariz., to compete in this year’s event, placing the top time for an American at 2:19:35. He placed third overall. “The city as a whole comes together and welcomes outside runners and spectators, it really gives a great opportunity to highlight the Philadelphia community,” Lawrence said. “I think the marathon gives runners a chance to train and work toward something: a final goal.” Mowers, who finished the half
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No arrests in off-campus student MDMA bust Fire crews find drug lab after responding to neighbors’ complaints of fumes on Gratz Street. JOHN MORITZ News Editor A Temple student caught allegedly cooking illegal drugs inside his offcampus apartment on Friday night has not been charged as of Monday after-
noon, Nov. 18, police said. Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the case was taken over by the Philadelphia Field Narcotics Unit, who are awaiting the results of chemical tests on materials recovered from the scene. Police and fire crews were called to the 1900 block of North Gratz Street around 9 p.m. Friday night after a neighbor reportedly called police complaining of fumes coming from the apartment. Inside, responders found several
containers of what they believed to substances for the production of the molly, a crystalline form of the drug MDMA, which is also used in ecstasy. According to 6 ABC, police evacuated the residence, which included several other Temple students and confiscated evidence. Under the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Controlled Substances, Drugs, Device and Cosmetics Act of 1972, 3,4-methylenedioxy, the chemical name of MDMA, is classified as a schedule III drug, the felony manufac-
ture of which can bring up to five years in prison or a fine of $15,000. MDMA is known for its popularity in rave and club culture. There have been several high-profile deaths associated with the drug this year. Philadelphia police communications have not released any details on the incident, citing the ongoing investigation and the lack of an arrest.
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TSG hands university five proposals addressing campus security threats TSG PAGE 1 tion would be swipe-card access with gates similar to the system in place at access-points to the residential wings of Morgan Hall, Creedon said. These gates are also planned to be implemented in the new Science Education and Research Center, with further installation in other buildings to be determined. The other three suggestions have begun to be implemented with some already in practice. University officials have agreed to send out all TU Alerts by both email and text messages. They have also agreed to label all communication as an alert to avoid confusion caused by dictating the severity of a situation. As part of this change, the official Temple Twitter account, followed by more than 27,000 users, has started tweeting TU Alerts. At Anderson Hall, guards have recently been stationed by one-way exit doors to prevent students and faculty from allowing outsiders in as they open the doors. “We’ve done that as an interim step,” said Charlie Leone, acting executive director of Campus Safety Services. “Eventually we’re looking more long term.” Leone said the university is considering making many of these oneway doors for emergency use only by setting up alarms on them and requiring all traffic in and out to go through the main entrance. For the last suggestion, which calls for a review of safety personnel in the Student Center, Leone said CSS is installing an electronic check-in system for officers assigned to the building. This system is already in use for cops on bikes to check in throughout
Laura Siminoff. | COURTESY TEMPLE COMMUNICATIONS
Appointment of health dean ends vacancies Last of Theobald’s dean appointments a chairwoman from VCU. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News
Darin Bartholomew speaks to an audience at the Temple Student Government general assembly meeting on Monday, Nov. 1. TSG announced talks with the university to address safety concerns. | ERIC DAO TTN their patrols. “The purpose of [check-ins] is accountability, to make sure that the officer is doing what we’re asking them to do,” Leone said. “What that’s going to do is keep the officers where they need to be.” This reform is expected to be finished in the next couple of days, Leone
said. When asked about further security suggestions in the future, Bartholomew didn’t rule out the possibility. “When you deal with safety you never want to say, ‘We dealt with it once this year, we’re not going to deal with it anymore,’” Bartholomew said. “So if there’s a need, we’ll think about
it again.” Marcus McCarthy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @Marcus.McCarthy6.
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According to the original complaint, Benson was attending a party on the 3000 block of Spruce Street around midnight, April 27, when he allegedly attacked the complainant, a Penn student, punching him in the right eye. The victim was taken to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital where he was treated for a lacerated cornea, a fractured orbital and a cut nose that required five stitches. The complainant told Penn police responding to the incident that he would not require assistance and left for the hospital, only to be picked up by Penn police and taken to the hospital a short while later. The complainant later told police he was the former boyfriend of Benson’s girlfriend at the party. The girlfriend, who did not witness the incident, testified the same information to police. One witness interviewed by police said he did not see Benson hit the complainant, but was standing nearby and
asked him why he did, to which Benson allegedly responded “because I felt like it.” As part of his sentence, Benson must serve 25 hours of community service and attend anger management counseling. He was also issued a stayaway order. In a brief statement, athletic communications said Benson’s status with the team is unchanged following the outcome of the case. He is still listed as a student for the university. Benson was nominated for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team earlier in the year but did not win a spot. The special award recognizes student-athletes who gave commitment to their community through volunteer and other means of service. Praise Martin-Oguike, a former linebacker, was charged in May 2012 for the rape of a woman inside a 1940 residence hall dorm room. MartinOguike was quickly dismissed from the
team and subsequently expelled from the university, only to have his criminal charges thrown out in court on the first day of his trial in October. Martin-Oguike’s defense attorney James Funt filed a motion claiming there was sufficient evidence of his client’s innocence in the form of text messages the complaintant sent to her friends, which Funt said exposed her intent to lie about the rape after MartinOguike rejected her offers for a relationship. A few weeks after Martin-Oguike’s case was thrown out, another Temple football player had his day in court. Johnson, the defensive tackle, pled guilty on two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of harassment in early October. The 21-year-old defensive tackle was involved in a dispute with his former girlfriend in September 2012. Judge Robert F. Gordon sentenced Johnson to nine months of probation
and the state dropped Johnson’s felony charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment, among other charges. According to police, Johnson was accused of forcing himself inside his girlfriend’s apartment during a heated argument, locking her up in the bedroom and not allowing her to leave. Another football player, Olaniyi Adewole, was charged with aggravated assault in July and is no longer with the team. His trial is set to begin on Dec. 16. Of the four players, Johnson is the only one who remains with the team. He has 11 career starts with the Owls, including six this season. He started two of the first three games in 2012 before being suspended following his arrest. Edward Barrenechea and John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com.
Professor evaluations released publicly online Students gain access to multiple-choice responses to professor feedback forms. STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News Temple has been using electronic student feedback forms for the past four semesters, but beginning this fall, students are able to access the data from past students’ forms via TUportal. The newly-available data is designed to help students see what their peers think of specific courses and professors. Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said students seem excited about viewing data that was submitted by people who have completed the course. “The overall majority of students have been really excited about the ability to go on the Internet and see data from people who you know took the class,” Bartholomew said. “You know
these are students at Temple, which is a clear advantage over something like [RateMyProfessors.com] where anybody can go on there, put whatever they want. If they have multiple email addresses, they might be able to post more than one time about a professor, so this is much more accurate.” While the online data represents a new level of transparency in student feedback, some have complained that the forms don’t go far enough in revealing the responses students wrote about their professors. “The reason we can’t publish any responses to open-ended questions is because of [the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act], which is a federal law,” said Peter Jones, the senior vice provost of undergraduate studies. “If a student in your class were to say something offensive about you and we put that on a website, that’s a violation of your FERPA rights. We would have to go through every single response, redact each comment that we thought was potentially damaging to a faculty member or to another student. We can’t do that – there are literally tens of thou-
sands of student responses.” Still, some students said the questions are not specific enough to suit each professor. Gerald Karasinski, a junior accounting major and teaching assistant at the Fox School of Business, offered some suggestions to improve the e-SFFs. “Those questions on there, who are they helping?” he said. “I understand you can’t have open-ended questions, but at least have more multiple-choice questions.” Incentivizing students to even complete the forms may present greater challenges, some students said. “I don’t know that even with these electronic surveys, that kids are going to even bother using them,” junior athletic training major Justin Pilieri said. “I know back in the past when you did it by paper, you were forced to do it, so I don’t know if people are going to have the initiative to do it now.” Justin Dowdall, a senior communication studies major said grades ultimately play a role in how students fill out these forms, skewing the data even further.
“We must ask ourselves are the best teachers, in that I mean the ones that make us better, going to get good evaluations?” Dowdall said. “Or, will the easy teachers be rewarded for handing out A’s and candy?” All incoming freshmen and transfer students will be given automatic access to the data, and returning students who completed all their spring semester e-SFF forms will eligible to look at the data. Students who didn’t complete the forms in spring but did so for summer classes will also be given access, Jones said. Officials said getting the word out about e-SFFs is imperative. “I’d guess this is something students still need to hear about and learn to use,” Bartholomew said. “I’m sure the majority are still using services like [RateMyProfessors.com], but as more and more students learn about [e-SFFs], more and more will use the Temple product and it’ll become more widely adopted.” Steve Bohnel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1.
The university announced earlier this month that Laura Siminoff, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and chair ADMINISTRAITON of its department of social and behavioral health, will be take over as dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work on March 1, 2014. “One of Temple’s core missions is fostering research that improves people’s everyday lives,” President Neil Theobald said in a release. “That mission is a passion for the faculty and staff of Temple’s College of Health Professions and Social Work. Laura Siminoff shares that passion. It’s a great match for the college, the university and the city.” Siminoff, who is also the associate director of cancer prevention and control at Massey Cancer Center and chair of the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Foundation in Cancer Prevention and Control, said in a statement that she was excited to join the university’s leadership as it transitions under Theobald. “I am excited by the opportunity to lead an organization so pivotal to the key issues affecting the lives of Americans today. We are at a dynamic point in history as the health care and social services delivery systems transform.” Siminoff said in an email. Students, faculty and researchers within all CHPSW’s academic areas will be on the frontlines of this transformation.” Before joining VCU in 2006, Siminoff was a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. “Laura Siminoff is a highly accomplished scholar in the study of public health issues related to cancer treatment,” Provost Hai-Lung Dai said in the release. “She has a tremendous research funding record, and she is an experienced academic leader and administrator. She is keenly aware of the challenges facing higher education in a rapidly changing health care environment. She will bring the leadership and vision we need to lead our College of Health Professions and Social Work to continued growth.” The appointment of Siminoff to the dean of CHPSW is the fourth dean appointment of Theobald’s presidency and fills the last of the vacant deanships the university had when Theobald took over as president. When Theobald took office, interim deans were serving in the College of Education, the College of Science and Technology and the School of Media and Communication, as well as CHPSW. Michael Klein was named interim dean of CST in 2012 and officially dropped his interim tag on July 1. Klein was the only one of the four deans to be selected from within the university. In June, the university announced that Gregory Anderson, the former dean of the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver, was appointed dean of COE. A month later, David Boardman, the former executive editor of the Seattle Times, was appointed dean of SMC. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
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The hypocrisy of the football team There’s a dark cloud hoverA spokeswoman with the ing over the football team, more Philadelphia Police Department dense and disturbing than the said the victim showed signs of Owls’ 1-9 start. scratches, bruising and a conLast week, former start- tusion on her head. Johnson ing fullback Wyatt Benson was turned himself into police the sentenced to community service next day. and other penalties on a charge Though Johnson’s charges of simple aswere similar to sault. AccordTemple has been wildly Benson’s, his ing to court re- inconsistent in its handling status with the cords, Benson football team is of football discipline. was arrested in good standin April after ing. He has an incident at the University of started in six of the team’s 10 Pennsylvania where a student games. was struck in the eye after an It’s unfathomable that the argument. football team would allow a Benson was suspended man who has pled guilty to such from the football team in the crimes to continue playing. summer. He joined a number When the charges against Johnof football players in the past son were initially filed, a press few years who have had assault release indicated that Johnson charges filed against them and would be suspended from the been removed from the team. football team “until the situation In May 2012, former line- is resolved.” However, Johnson backer Praise Martin-Oguike was reinstated in time for trainwas arrested and charged with ing camp this season. the rape of a female student in When his case was still acan incident that she said oc- tive, records showed Johnson curred inside a dorm at the was the only participating stu1940 residence hall. After being dent-athlete at Temple who had expelled from the university, a criminal felony charge filed Martin-Oguike had all of his against him in Philadelphia. charges dropped on the first day Unfortunately, no one in the of his trial in October. athletic department has offered This past summer, another an explanation as to why. former linebacker, Olaniyi AdCoach Matt Rhule said he ewole, was suspended from the was “unaware” of Johnson’s football team after he was ar- legal proceedings when The rested in May and charged with Temple News questioned him aggravated assault and simple at a press conference this past assault. The first day of his trial September. When later asked in an interview why Benson was is scheduled for Dec. 16. These cases shed light on a suspended from the team but gross hypocrisy with the foot- Johnson remains active, Rhule ball team, which seems more refused to comment. Athletic communications concerned with its stake in the new American Athletic Confer- has denied interview requests ence than the safety or moral with players on the subject and refused to comment on Benstanding of its players. Senior defensive tackle son’s future status with the team Kamal Johnson entered a guilty last week. It’s time the university plea last month to two counts of disorderly conduct and one starts offering some answers. count of harassment. He was ar- The Temple community derested in connection to an Oc- serves to know why a selftober 2012 incident in which a admitted criminal has been al21-year-old female student told lowed to continue to wear the police that her boyfriend forced Owls uniform. The university has ramped himself into her apartment, assaulted her and locked her in- up the marketing of its football side a bedroom for more than team as part of the “Temple three hours, refusing to let her Made” campaign. It’s arguably been the single-most advertised leave. “These domestic incidents aspect of the university during are the cases that later turn into the campaign’s first year. But by our homicides,” Judge Robert allowing Johnson to continue F. Gordon said during the trial. playing on the team, the univer“That’s why we take them so sity should reconsider the message it’s sending. seriously.”
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Nov. 25, 1963: The university responds in shock to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in an insert printed three days after the event. Friday marks the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death.
Gauging rape reporting How do Temple’s sexual assault policies compare nationally?
ne of the defining issues of the Fall 2013 semester has been the way in which the university deals with sexual assault. In a high profile case, Martin-Oguike, a former Temple football player, was accused of raping a female student in his dorm in 1940 residence hall in 2012. Maritn-Oguike was suspended from the team and subsequently expelled from Temple after being tried in a university conduct hearing. On the first Jerry Iannelli day of his trial, all of Martin-Oguike’s charges were dropped. In addition, reports of sexual assaults in on-campus dormitories have risen threefold this semester. From Jan. 1 to Oct. 10, six sexual assaults were reported in residence halls, compared to two within the same time period in 2012. Furthermore, Temple’s “Preventing and Addressing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking” policy was amended in October to comply with new federal guidelines set forth by the Violence Against Women Act. However, in light of the aforementioned incidents, it’s important to gauge whether Temple’s newest assault documentation is doing enough to help the community. Both Dean of Students Stephanie Ives and Acting Director of Campus Safety Services Charles Leone said the university does not yet not know if assaults are on the rise or if the reporting itself has risen. “It’s very difficult for [the university] to make a specific determination because historically, sexual assault is such an underreported crime,” Ives said. “The fact that reporting may or may not be going up isn’t a good measurement of whether or not
the assaults themselves are going up, [as opposed to] whether that is an indication that victims are feeling more empowered to report.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention maintains that nearly one-in-five women and one-in-71 men report experiencing rape at some point in their lives, and that 37 percent of female rape victims were first raped between the ages of 18 and 24. This, of course, implies that hundreds, if not thousands of Temple’s 14,000 undergraduate women are raped at a campus the size of Temple’s in a given year. Put in context, a jump from two to six reported assaults seems more like a clerical error than it does a cultural sea change, but the rise in reporting must be lauded regardless. Ives cited “Think About It,” a program implemented in 2013 by the university to educate incoming students about sexual assault, as a potential reason for the rise in reports. Across the East Coast, few schools have fared better than Temple in terms of reported forcible sexual assaults. According to the Annual Fire and Safety Reports released by each of the following universities, six forcible sexual assaults were reported at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, eight were reported on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus and nine were reported at the University of Maryland – College Park in 2012. These figures do not include lesser offenses, such as forcible fondling. Few schools show any sort of serious upward trend in reporting over the last three years. Except for Pennsylvania State University. Sexual assault reporting increased by an unprecedented 1,300 percent at Penn State’s flagship University Park campus between 2010 and 2012, jumping from a scant four reported assaults in 2010 to a whopping 56 in 2012. Granted, far more students live in on-campus housing at PSU than at a school situated in the heart of a city as large as Philadelphia, but Penn State’s reported numbers seem to be the closest any large public or state-related school has come
to mirroring the statistics that the CDC cites. The school’s massive jump is, of course, a statistical outlier in the grand scheme of campus rape reporting, and can most likely be tied to fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal coming to a head in 2011. However, – if it’s assumed that more reporting is a net positive – there are a few policy techniques Temple can glean from some of the aforementioned schools in order to facilitate more efficient reporting practices. At the moment, very little of Temple’s online documentation warns students that they are far more likely to be assaulted by an acquaintance than by a stranger, something that the National Institute of Justice, a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Justice, warned colleges to begin doing in their sexual assault policy statements back in December 2005. The NIJ report, “Sexual Assault on Campus: What Colleges and Universities are Doing About It,” suggests that informing students that the overwhelming majority of forcible sexual assaults occur between friends, relatives and significant others can help confused or conflicted victims make sense of what may have happened to them. Only a single pamphlet from Campus Safety Services and an offhand comment in Temple’s Student Drug and Alcohol Policy mention the phenomenon at all. Temple’s sexual assault policy was amended this semester in accordance with federal guidelines to include passages defining “dating violence,” but the policy itself does not properly contextualize the issue. In contrast, the Rutgers Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report makes a distinction between stranger and acquaintance rapes in its crime statistic reports. Out of the six forcible sexual assaults on the New Brunswick campus in 2012, zero were committed by strangers. More importantly, the Wellness Resource Center’s website – separate from, but tied to the sexual assault policy – is simply not yet the “hub of information” that it needs to be.
The newly amended sexual assault policy, though thorough, is rife with dense terminology that may make it hard for most students to fully comprehend. Ives agreed that Temple’s websites can be used to help clarify the policy in the future. Moreover, Ives confirmed that students are typically granted legal amnesty if they report an assault that occurred during a bout of underage drinking, but the policy makes no mention of the practice. Granted, students can and are encouraged to call Campus Safety Services or the Wellness Resource Center if they have questions, but any small deterrent to reporting that can be fixed easily by updating a website should not be overlooked. The University of Delaware’s Student Code of Conduct lists the university’s amnesty rules explicitly, as does Villanova University’s sexual assault policy, despite Villanova’s standing as a private school. In addition, the University of South Carolina, another publically funded university, goes so far as to offer students the option to anonymously report sexual assaults through its website alone. Though the Wellness Resource Center’s site may not be being used to its full potential, Ives maintains that the university is constantly adapting to recommendations from students. “We do want to make sure that it’s not difficult to find information if you’re in a situation where you need it,” Ives said. Of course, Temple, as well as most other large universities, extensively trains students and employees during their respective orientations each year, and offers multiple other resources throughout each semester. It would be absurd to imply that the administration or Wellness Resource Center don’t have a handle on the actual facts at hand. But for older students years removed from orientation events, there are simply not enough online resources available as a reminder. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.
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Cherry? Students see red Purchase Penn High It’s hard to define the “cherry” in “Cherry and White.”
here has been considerable talk recently about Temple’s construction projects, the safety on Main Campus and the university’s budget, SATIRE but students and faculty are ignoring the real issue of this semester: Cherry and white are Temple’s official school colors, yet the university fails to specify which parMichael Carney ticular species of cherry it uses. Is Temple referring to a blood-red Montmorency, a merlot Bing or some shade in between? Temple’s cherry problem caught my attention about a week ago while I found myself looking toward campus from my window on the 21st floor of Morgan Hall North. I saw painters creating the giant Temple “T” on the roof of the Liacouras Center; undoubtedly an effort to expand Temple’s already massive advertising campaign to airline passengers. However, just beneath the roof, a ribbon of red paint around the building was an entirely different shade of red, and the flags that line Broad Street were yet another. But the variety of colors does not stop there. A glance around campus reveals at least five contradictory shades of red, while a quick perusal of the merchandise at the university bookstore reveals about another eight. The Student Center itself is painted what many would consider red in its most traditional sense. Yet that same Student Center sells burgundy-colored pennants and T-shirts in every shade of red conceivable. The “T” depicted on the university’s
main website is red but noticeably different in shade than that of the “T” depicted on Temple’s Diamond Dollars website. Both of these “T”’s differ in hue from the “T” on the website of the Beasley School of Law. These blatant discrepancies have been largely ignored by the Temple community. Students must question the legitimacy of a university that cannot pass elementary art class. Where will it go from here? Can Temple be trusted to hire faculty? To serve food? I find it suspicious that many of these exotic shades of red are appearing immediately after our 10th president was inaugurated. President Theobald formerly worked as the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Indiana University. It is not a coincidence that Indiana’s school colors are crimson and cream. Not only has President Theobald implemented the same financial policies at Temple as he did at Indiana, but he is trying to assimilate us chromatically by gradually moving the university toward a more crimson shade of cherry. The concept of school colors began with practicality in mind. One of the earliest implementations of school colors occurred at Harvard University during the 1850s when two rowers provided crimson-colored bandanas to the rowing team to make them easily identifiable to Harvard fans at the banks of the river. Eventually, school colors came to represent a university as a whole and encouraged school spirit. School colors have lost much of their meaning in recent years, slowly marching down the capitalist path of merchandise sales and brand recognition. On Feb. 27, 2008, University Communications announced that Temple would designate the online hex color code #9E1B34 as the official shade of cherry. However, the announcement states that “new work products should use the new official color, but it is permissible to exhaust existing supplies that use
other colors.” Evidently, this policy has either not yet been completely adopted or Temple still hasn’t run out of buckets of paint from five years ago. During her term, President Ann Weaver Hart oversaw the publication of Temple’s “Graphic Identity Standards,” a 32-page document detailing specifications for official colors, logos and stationery, among other things. The document frequently mentions the color “Temple red,” which differs from cherry. Even the document designed to unify Temple’s colors fails to accurately declare our colors cherry and white. In fact, the word “cherry” is only used once in the document, while “red” is used 16 times. The cherry problem is not unique to Temple. The University of Pennsylvania’s official colors are blue and red, but its online apparel store sells clothing ranging from traditional blue to navy blue. Drexel University’s colors are blue and gold and share the same variety of blues as Penn. Almost every U.S. university has some type of guidelines for what shade of a particular color should be used to represent the school, from Texas A&M University’s “Brand Colors,” to – my favorite – Stanford University’s “Identity Toolkit.” Although these universities develop detailed color and formatting guidelines, few schools consistently follow these rules. The only solution to the cherry problem is to change our school colors entirely. Might I suggest gray and white to represent Temple’s world-renowned squirrels? Baker Dave’s red velvet cookies would be no more, and any color change would require switching the cherry and white mentioned in our fight song to whichever colors we choose, although this would not be too significant of a change since this is typically sung during touchdowns.
Temple should push to acquire the abdandoned William Penn High School property.
t’s nearly impossible to walk through an area on campus that isn’t sprawling with cranes lifting high wooden beams or the seemingly unavoidable sounds of construction work – the buzzes of drills, the smashing of blocks and the occasional screaming of, “Get over here!” If plans go through, Temple will have yet another buildRomsin McQuade ing to add to its collection. But you can let your ears settle – there will be no noise this time. William Penn High School, one of more than 30 properties the School District of Philadelphia is looking to sell in order to lessen its deficit, has caught Temple’s attention. Why does Temple need it? With a student population that has been steadily increasing over the past few years and a particularly entrepreneurial administration, the university has set itself as a major bidder on local properties. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Washingtonbased firm offered $100 million for all of the avaiable buildings, surpassing the initial $50 million threshold the city hopes to raise. But the firm’s offer represents a disconnect between the two cities – after all, they are more than 100 miles apart. If the Washington firm were to purchase the property, it doesn’t seem like it would be able to dedicate time and energy to all of the properties without being neglectful of at least one. Michael Carney can be reached On the other hand, if Temat email@example.com. ple, whose bid is limited to one property, purchases the land,
there is a much greater chance that both the neighborhood and the university would benefit. It’s also a great chance for Temple to help the school district, albeit indirectly. Jim Creedon, the senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said that as of Nov. 14, the school district had not begun the process and the university has yet to officially submit a bid. For Temple, the purchase would symbolize another chance to showcase the uniqueness of Visualize Temple, the university’s suggestion-based website for primarily physical renovations. “[Temple would] certainly use input from Visualize Temple – both big and small,” Creedon said. However, if the university were to consider student housing, there would be a slight conflict – according to a Philadelphia City Council-issued ordinance, the North Central Philadelphia Special District Controls, Yorktown, the neighborhood William Penn is located near, bars tenants from building “multiple-family dwellings, apartment houses and tenement houses,” among a list of other prohibitions, in order to “sustain and promote single-family residential uses” and “to prevent declining property values.” In this case, it wouldn’t be shocking to expect the waves of controversy that would ensue. In order to strengthen the “educational and extracurricular life” of its students, as Temple’s mission statement states, an expansion would only make sense. If the Washington firm, faced with a skeptical school district, does aim to purchase all of the properties, Temple should vie for this building that could be used to fulfill the needs associated with a growing student population, campus and economic influence. If Temple fails to acquire the 13-acre high school, it could be some time before another property as large as it arrives. In
this case, if future plans were to be enacted, there would be no building and only a plan. But for now it seems there’s only a building in sight but no plans, causing some students to feel as if Temple should focus on renovations of buildings it already uses. Amber Burns, a junior public relations major, said that instead of purchasing a new property, the university should “spend more time renovating the [academic buildings] we already have instead of buying new ones, because the older ones are the ones that need help, not new buildings that will leave the older ones even more ignored.” “Older buildings discourage people because of the preconceived notions of Temple’s area,” said Alison Curran, a student in the School of Media and Communication. “Better looking buildings would give the feel that they care more about the university.” But these new buildings are the very image-builders and signs that the public and prospective students look for. When students see these new buildings – Morgan Hall, Alter Hall or the still-in-construction Science Education and Research Center – they forget the older aura of Anderson Hall or Gladfelter Hall and instead focus on the grandiose stature of the new buildings. As the School District of Philadelphia prepares itself for a region-wide auction, Temple awaits, as do its students, with hope that it will have another property that could benefit the university. William Penn’s acres – adorned with the past adventures of so many students – can once again be turned into diamonds. Romsin McQuade can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A fervent fan base for female teams is possible
t’s a Thursday evening, and McGonigle Hall is desolate. Half of the Cherry and White band is in the stands, and we are nervous to talk too loudly for fear our voices will echo across the gymnasium and distract the women’s basketball team. When it’s time to cheer, we overcompensate for the nearsilence that consumes the rest of the spectators. Unfort u n a t e l y, the scenario Grace Holleran d e s c r i b e d above is the norm for the majority of the women’s basketball games I have attended as a member of the band. In contrast, the entire band attends every men’s game, and most of the time, we feel that we hardly sound loud enough. I would be remiss if I didn’t add that men’s home games are held at the larger Liacouras Center, due to the fact that Temple athletics must pay the center to use its facilities. Statistics from the 201213 basketball season prove that women’s basketball is significantly under-attended. According to OwlSports.com, each of the 17 Temple men’s basketball home games had an average of 5,917 attendees. The 13 women’s basketball home games
averaged just 941 spectators per game. “It’s always been that there are less people at women’s games,” said Nicole Lusskin, a junior music education major and a member of the pep band. “There are events going on at [men’s games], there are themes. They don’t really do that for women’s games, so it attracts less people.” One of the themes Lusskin referred to was the annual “Whiteout.” Fans are encouraged to wear all white, and Temple even provides free T-shirts. Would offering merchandise to fans with an event like the “Whiteout” bring more fans to McGonigle Hall? The University of Southern California’s women’s basketball team also struggled with home game attendance in its 201213 season, with an average of 850 fans at each of the 17 home games, according to the team’s website. Gabrielle Nowack, a junior narrative studies major at USC, said she has never attended a women’s basketball game. “To be honest, I just hadn’t heard that much about [women’s basketball],” Nowack said.
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20 women’s home games in the 201213 season, according to UConnHuskies.com. Perhaps emphasizing a team’s achievements increases attendance more successfully than promotional offers do. But with a team that hasn’t qualified for the NCAA tournament in the past two years, what can Temple do to get its students to care more about women’s basketball? Junior UConn student Jay Garrish said he believes it takes more than raw talent to get the study body interested in games. “The team markets itself extremely well,” Garrish, a history and secondary education major, said. “They’re public figures here and are totally personable. UConn’s basketball program produces players that are modest about their position on campus and proud of their school, which personally makes me feel like a part of the team.” The idea of players having a presence on campus seems to be lacking in Temple sports across the board. This is especially true for women’s basketball. Having a personable team is a strategy Temple athletics KATIE KALUPSON TTN
Other universities show that women’s basketball attendance can rise.
USC, unlike Temple, tries harder to incentive students to attend games of less popular sports by giving away free gear. “They’ll raffle off Trojan merchandise – the first 200 people to show up will get a free T-shirt,” Nowack said, though that doesn’t encourage her to go to games. “I don’t need more paraphernalia, so I don’t usually go.” USC’s lack of success with giveaways suggests that special events work to bring more fans to games held by teams with an
already established fan base, such as Temple men’s basketball, but do little to interest students in trying something new. Nowack said she prefers to go to football games partly because more of her friends attend them, but also for a more obvious reason: “We’re good.” The University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball program thrives for that very reason. As arguably one of the best teams in the country, UConn racked up an average of 8,977 spectators at each of the
appears not to have touched on yet. However, if it works closely with team members and focuses its advertising campaigns more toward the charisma of individuals on the team instead of vague ideas like “#ItBegins,” women’s basketball may start to see attendance rates creep up. As far as the women’s team’s success goes, cultivating a proud and active fan base could help. If Temple is able to form a sixth man – or woman, in this case—with its fan base, the women will certainly take advantage of the adamant support they are not accustomed to. This is quite the catch-22, as fans only want to watch a good team and teams aren’t going to play hard without a raucous fan base behind them. “To have an opportunity to watch [UConn women’s basketball] regularly is unbelievable, and something I think many people at schools where [Division 1] athletics reign take for granted,” Garrish said. Boosting the morale surrounding our women’s basketball team could help Temple students reach the same realization. If Temple’s athletic department works as hard to market the women’s team as it does for the men or even as UConn’s women’s basketball program does, the pep band might start having to attend a few tournament games. And I, for one, would not complain. Grace Holleran can be reached at email@example.com
In The Nation FEDS AUTHORIZE USE OF UNLICENSED VACCINE AT PRINCETON Federal health officials have agreed to import a meningitis vaccine, which is not licensed in the U.S., to subdue the spread of the possibly life-threatening outbreak at Princeton University in New Jersey. The vaccine, Bexsero, is licensed in Europe and Australia but not approved by the FDA. It’s capable of vaccinating people from the rare meningitis strain B. The dangerous health condition has spread on the Princeton campus to include seven infected people. The university’s Board of Trustees will meet soon to discuss the issue. In February, a junior West Chester University student died after contracting bacterial meningitis.
at the university, was seen in a video posted online riding his bicycle into a coned-off area around the preacher where the campus police confronted him. Campus police then arrested Montalvo, which has caused uproar by students resulting in a petition to remove the preacher from campus that has 480 signatures so far. The university continues to allow the preacher, Angela Cummings, to practice on campus.
SPRINGSTEEN AND ‘BREAKING BAD’ SUBJECT OF COLLEGE CLASSES
Students at Rutgers and the State University of New York at Buffalo found unique classes available when registering for their future semester. “Bruce Springsteen’s Theology” is being offered -Marcus McCarthy at Rutgers for first-year students and will focus on using theology to analyze the popular rock star’s music, and vice versa. TENNESSEE COLLEGE STUDENT Twenty graduate students at SUNY –Buffalo ARRESTED WHILE REBUKING ONwill learn about the unique story structure of the recent television series and hear from law professors CAMPUS PREACHER as well as representatives from the Drug EnforceA college student at the University of Tennessee ment Agency in the Spring 2014 class, “Breaking Chattanooga was arrested Thursday when rebuking Down Breaking Bad.’” an open air preacher in an on-campus plaza. Cole Philip Montalvo, a 24-year-old student -Marcus McCarthy
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FORMER OAKLAND WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH ACCUSED OF ABUSING PLAYERS Beckie Francis, ex-coach of Oakland University’s women’s basketball team, is being accused of enforcing her religious views on her athletes, demeaning their bodies and quelling all forms of disagreement on the team. The university, which is in a Detroit suburb, brought these charges on behalf of team members who said Francis would, among other things, have her players photographed in sports bras and spandex to monitor body changes, forcing some to develop eating problems. The school fired Francis the same day her husband resigned as president of the university. Francis denies the charges and the accusations are expected to be heard in court.
NEW TUITION PAYMENT METHOD PROPOSED IN N.J. SENATE
A bill is being proposed in New Jersey that takes a largely different approach to in-state students paying their tuition. Called the “Pay It Forward” program, the bill proposes New Jersey students attending a state college without paying for tuition until after graduation where it will be paid for as a percentage of the participant’s income.
The bill was sponsored by State Senate President Stephen Sweeney and passed through the Senate Higher Education Committee on an easy 5-0 decision, Thursday. Sweeney said the bill still has many modifications to come to make it applicable before it goes to the state senate floor for a vote.
Crime LOCAL FOOTBALL COACH CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ABUSE Philadelphia police have arrested a youth football coach accused of sexually abusing two boys, ages 8 and 9, according to the Philadelphia district attorney’s office. Leon Watson, 24, of the 2400 block of Diamond Street, was charged with rape, involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and several other charges. A statement by the D.A.’s office said Watson was an assistant coach on the Rhawnhurst Raiders football team, as well as a youth team composed of residents of his neighborhood called the “Little Vicks.” The district attorney’s office said Watson is suspected of further abuses and urged parents of children who played for the Little Vicks to contact police. Watson is being held on $500,000 bail with a court date scheduled for Nov. 25.
After tragedy, nurse remembered for service DUROCHER PAGE 1 around 10:30 p.m., each the victim of a stabbing attack. Both women were brought to Cooper University Hospital in Camden, N.J., where Kristen Durocher remained in stable condition as of Friday, Nov. 15. Police arrested Gilberto Villanueva, 26, who they said was an ex-boyfriend of Kristen, after he checked himself into Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, also in Camden, with stab wounds to his hands and arms. Villanueva was charged with murder, attempted murder and second degree burglary. According to a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Villanueva had a restraining order placed on him by Kristen Durocher on Oct. 27, only to have it dropped on Oct. 31. Temple Health System released a statement Thursday, Nov. 15 which said hospital staff were “shocked and saddened” to learn of the murder. “We extend our sincerest condolences to her family and friends as they begin to deal with the after-effects of this tragic loss,” the statement read. “For the past eight years, Suzanne has been a vital and well respected member of of the hospital’s leadership team. She touched each one of us ... and our patients ... in a very special way. She eagerly shared with colleagues her extensive knowledge and commitment to advanced nursing practice in the delivery of quality compassionate care to patients.” A spokesman for the hospital said a memorial is being planned in Suzanne’s honor for faculty and staff members.
Suzanne Durocher (left) examines a patient during a clinical trip in Honduras this summer. Colleagues from the trip recalled her hard work after Durocher was murdered last week. | COURTESY LINA KHONG In addition to the memorial, members of Temple chapter of Global Medical Brigades met Friday to mourn the loss of a friend and come up with ways to carry on her legacy. John Daly, a professor of surgery for Temple Medical School at the Fox Chase Cancer Center who was the advising faculty member for GMB’s trip to Honduras this summer, said Suzanne exemplified the ideal Temple personality with a “fire in the belly to
help others.” “She is a person that will be sorely missed by those that worked with her, those who were friends with her and those that knew her,” Daly said. As part of their remembrance of Suzanne, Daly and other members of the group said they are planning to create a scholarship in her name for others to participate in Global Medical Brigade trips. Khanna said the more than 20
members of the Honduras trip all carry the shared experiences of working along with Suzanne, who led the trip’s triage unit by handling prescriptions and patient questionaires for the more than 600 villagers cared for by program. Khanna said her colleagues will try use Suzanne’s dedication to service as an example for other medical students by holding a group guest lecture in her honor at the medical school’s class in
After appointing deans, Theobald looks to cabinet CABINET PAGE 1 search committee – to assist in the search. No timetable has been set for when the search will be completed. Theobald said in an interview at the start of the semester that the university has already started to identify candidates for the position. “We’ve identified a set of candidates, [Witt/Kieffer] will obviously bring other people to the table,” Theobald said. “We hope to move very quickly on that.” David Unruh, the former senior vice president for Institutional Advancement, resigned in December 2012, a month before Theobald took office. “We just want to do things in different ways and that happens when new leadership comes in,” Theobald said of the resignation in an interview in January. Theobald declined requests to be interviewed for this story.
“Temple University is dedicated to finding the best possible people for these key roles,” said Ray Betzner, a university spokesman, in a statement. “This is an important period in Temple¹s history and having the strongest possible leadership team will be essential in building Temple¹s future.” The president’s cabinet has seen other transitions since Theobald took office on Jan. 1. The university announced former Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw’s retirement in May and the president’s senior adviser, Kevin Clark, replaced him as interim athletic director. When it announced Bradshaw’s retirement, the university said it would conduct a national search to fill the void, but the search was canceled earlier this month when Clark was named vice president and athletic director. Clark was one of two university officers appointed by Theobald this
year. In April, Theobald named Karen Clarke the vice president for strategic marketing and communications, a position created by the president when he took office. Clarke’s position was created because the university does “not do nearly a good enough job of telling our story,” Theobald said in an interview shortly after he took office. The position put into place what officials labeled as a more traditional communications structure, which brought University Communications and Institutional Advancement communications’ under the same vice president. Previously the two were split between the senior vice president of government, community and public affairs and the senior vice president of Institutional Advancement, respectively. Anthony Wagner, the former executive vice president, chief financial
officer and treasurer, left the university earlier this year to become the executive vice president for administration and finance and chief business officer at Georgia Regents University and Health System in Augusta, Ga. The former senior associate vice president for finance and human resources, Ken Kaiser, is serving as interim CFO and treasurer and is overseeing the implementation of a decentralized budget system at Temple. Theobald said in an interview in August that Kaiser will serve in an interim role for a year before the university carries out a search next summer. The president made one other personnel change within his cabinet this year when he appointed Vice President William Bergman as a special assistant to the president in July. Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.
doctoring practices. “We all have this commonality in us, we’ll try to exude her personality,” Khanna said. “We want to teach classmates about her professionalism.” According to a probable cause statement submitted by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office at Villanueva’s arraignment on Thursday, Suzanne Durocher was attacked after she attempted to get the suspect to leave her house when he showed up in her daughter’s bedroom. In her statement given to police, Kristen Durocher said her mother walked Villanueva down the stairs, and after she heard a struggle went downstairs to find Villanueva stabbing her mother before turning the knife on her. Kristen was able to flee to a neighbor’s house. “The unfortunate way she died was through protecting her daughter,” said Erin Hickey, co-president of Temple’s Global Medical Brigade and a second-year medical student. “We wouldn’t have expected Suzanne to act in any other way.” The members of the Temple’s Global Medical Brigade’s 2013 summer trip had a reunion in August at the hospital, from which Khanna recalled Suzanne “worked her magic” to make sure no one left without being fed after the group arrived to find that no food had been provided. Villanueva was held on $1.75 million bail in at his arraignment in Camden County Superior Court on Friday.
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Students, staff run at annual marathon RUNNERS PAGE 2 marathon with a time of 2:11:26, said she chose to participate this year after she began training at Temple. “When I got to college, I got really into running but going to the gym isn’t really an opportunity to show my skill. So I signed up for the half marathon to give purpose to all my hard work,” Mowers said. Philadelphia’s next major running event, the 10-mile Broad Street Runner, will be held on May 4, 2014. Kate Reilly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LIVING TEACHING BIKE TOUR
Senior Anthony Montagnaro was involved in this year’s Green Apple Bike Tour, during which he spoke at high schools about environmental awareness. ONLINE.
KING OF THE JUNGLE Kelsey Dubinsky entered her photo of a yawning lion into the B&H Wilderness Competition. PAGE 17
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A ‘clear’ indicator of health
SIMPLY YUMMY A food truck on Montgomery Avenue offers traditional Vietnamese fare along with burgers and sandwiches. The truck is well-known for its banh mi hoagie. PAGE 8
Interning can start off small
Maintaing hydration is essential to physical well-being.
To flesh out their résumés, interns should start close to home.
’ll never forget the vocal instructor who told me to “pee clear.” As a preteen drama nerd high off of improv games and fruit snacks at acting camp, I giggled at the mere mention of a bodily fluid. However, the instructor’s lesson on hydration Jenelle Janci during long Quality of Life r e h e a r s a l s stayed with me. I still use his simple method as an indicator of when I should put down the coffee and pick up the Evian. While it’s not exactly groundbreaking that hydration is important, one question returns to my mind frequently – exactly how much water is enough? And don’t give me that eight-glasses-a-day crap. I’ll always be confused about exactly what a glass is. What about tumblers? Mason jars? I’ve never quite gotten this glass measurement thing down. About.com’s Shereen Jegtvig put together a simple questionnaire geared to spit out a personalized water intake recommendation. Jegtvig used information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine as her references. On a day when I don’t work out or drink alcohol, Jegtvig’s calculator suggests I drink 72 ounces of water a day – or, in my terms, a little over two Nalgene bottles. The first week I followed Jegtvig’s recommendations, I lost seven pounds in what I assume was water weight, given that my diet stayed the same. I know I have a tendency to hold on to things – receipts, grudges, etc. – but that still blows my mind. Seventy-two ounces can seem like a lot, especially when I remember smartass kids pushing up their glasses and rattling off some fact about how you could live for a few days off of the water from food intake if you had to. Truth be told, you only get 20 percent of your water intake from food. The other 80 percent is from liquid intake, according to an Institute of Medicine report. Although all liquids count toward this daily goal, it’s obvious that calorie-free, plain water is the best choice. While striving for optimum hydration is a crucial part of a healthy lifestyle, it’s important
films and we discuss the history and progress of HIV treatment. It’s not for the faint at heart, though. It’s definitely exhausting.” Though she said she is passionate and dedicated to the promotion of HIV education, Stonberg hasn’t always focused on health-related issues. “I was a women’s studies major with a minor in music,” Stonberg said. “I didn’t know what path to take until someone showed me a copy of the American Public Health Association Journal and I was hooked. At that time, Temple’s public health program was the only one in the city, so Temple actually paid for me to go to graduate school.” Stonberg encourages students from all majors to take the course, not only for the credit, but also for the long-term benefit. “Bono has done a great
or every internship application I have filled out, I am always asked to list prior experience. I wouldn’t have had much to say if I hadn’t started interning at smaller organizations before shooting for my bigcity internship dreams. As someone who has and will conEsther Katro tinue to intern INTERNal in New York Updates City, I didn’t start interning there, as I’m sure is true with countless other interns. Just like a job, internship consideration is given to those with prior internship experience. It bears repeating that while interns are not contracted, and most are unpaid, they still need years of experience to intern for large companies. I first interned in my hometown of Abington, Pa., which is home to approximately 56,000 people. This internship, at Abington Cable Channel, was beneficial to me because I learned the ropes of interning in a less intimidating environment than I would have experienced in an unfamiliar location. I was able to provide my audience, who was familiar to me as a resident of the area, with the stories I was confident they wanted to hear. “Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion once told me after a meet-andgreet at Ithaca College that the best place for any young person to start working is in their hometown. He began his career in his Kentucky hometown, and now he’s on the highest-rated morning news show in the country. My suburban internship was the most hands-on one I’ve had. My experience there gave me all the necessary skills to tackle New York City media internships. Starting in a small environment, I knew how to highlight my community with quality videos. Abington Cable Channel may have been a smaller player on the professional field, but it was the environment that benefited me most at the time. My intern coordinator, Bryan Quigley, said students would be able to leave the internship with a video reel to show employers that they filmed, edited and produced video and audio footage for a professional outlet. “You want to make sure that you get clips of your work
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Francine Affourtit organized her fellow graduate students at Tyler for an opportunity to collaborate with L.A.-based artist Katie Grinnan. Grinnan’s work, finalized by student contributions, was displayed at The Print Center. | KRISTEN VANLEER TTN
Residency leads to collaboration Artist Katie Grinnan incorporated student work into her art. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News
rancine Affourtit had only spent a few days at Tyler School of Art before she had the opportunity to work with renowned Los Angeles-based artist Katie Grinnan.
In September, Affourtit received an email from Robert Blackson, the director of Temple Contemporary, letting her know that Grinnan – an artist in Los Angeles who specializes in mixed-media sculptures that incorporate photography – would be completing a one-week residency at Tyler. Affourtit decided to help organize the event, starting with recruiting other students to participate and spread the word. Grinnan’s visit came just a
few days before her work was to appear at The Print Center, a contemporary art gallery in Center City. “I didn’t know many of the graduate students here at the Philadelphia campus,” Affourtit, a MFA printmaking major, said. “But I was very interested in working with both [a professional] artist, the department, other graduate students and Temple Contemporary, which has a program I really enjoy and support. I kind of started
just stalking graduate students. I would send information to them and try to get them prepped for the project.” The piece was finished by Grinnan with the assistance of students from many departments in Tyler. “[The piece] related to a number of fields and in the end, we had painting grads, photo grads, printmaking grads [and] ceramic grads, all working that
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Brunner acts fast Five-day course
Sophomore Kathryn Brunner appeared in an Arden Theatre Co. production this year.
AIDS and Society, a five-day course, is available during winter break.
EMILY ROLEN The Temple News Kathryn Brunner’s debut onstage was at age 6 in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music.” Since that first time onstage in her hometown of Willow Grove, Pa., she’s been in the same show four times. “I guess I just can’t get enough of it,” Brunner said. “‘The Sound of Music’ is my favorite show.” The sophomore musical theater major said she fell in love with being onstage and being a part of the community of each cast. She said she hasn’t stopped auditioning for roles since she first realized her passion. Brunner recently started her professional acting career at Old City’s Arden Theatre Company. As a cast member of the produc-
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tion “Parade,” which ran from Sept. 26 to Nov. 3, she broke into the local acting scene. The show is from the script written by Alfred Uhry, the score written by Jason Robert Brown and co-conceived by Harold Prince. Set in 1913 Atlanta, the play describes the
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In Professor Dina Stonberg’s opinion, one of the most important classes students may take lasts only five days. She said the week-long course, called AIDS and Society, is generally very popular among students. Teaching public health at Temple since 1996, Stonberg said she believes cramming a formerly 15-week course into five days suits the topic well. This winter break, she’ll teach the class from Jan. 6-10 and from Jan. 13-17. “It’s much more impactful in a week,” Stonberg said. “I bring in speakers, we watch
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Course confronts the social impact of AIDS AIDS PAGE 7 service to teach us that in some Stonberg relies upon a set of that affect vulnerable populaAfrican areas, there are popula- guidelines to ground the class tions like the uneducated, LGBT tions where 1 in 3 people are af- discussion. and poverty-stricken,” Catron fected,” Stonberg said, referenc“There are six prevention said. “The stigma of AIDS has ing the musician’s philanthropic points that I want people to take improved, but there are still efforts to spread awareness of away from the class,” Stonberg people afraid to interact with HIV/AIDS. “But in the Phila- said. “I want people to under- those infected. It’s important for delphia area, we have popula- stand it’s a long-term, chronic everybody to learn that people tions with an HIV rate higher disease that you can manage live with AIDS for a long time than in 1 in 3. We need to re- while having it, but you really now. It’s not a death sentence member that HIV is here and it want to prevent it. Last year, anymore, but those diagnosed is preventable.” it was totally unplanned, but I still face social stigmas, such as Simply Yummy, a truck on Montgomery Avenue, offers traditional Vietnamese fare, including Arielle Catron, who gradu- happened to have a panel of 18 treatment options like taking so the banh mi hoagie, which the owner recommends to newcomers. | ALISA MILLER TTN ated from Temple to 20-year-old many pills and dealing with varin 2011, worked H I V- p o s i t i v e ied access to healthcare.” with Stonberg in Stonberg said Catron’s depeople speak to the Wellness Rethe class. So I cision is one of many student source Center. It think there are stories that inspire her to persist was in working a lot of people in public health education. there, she said, “I have students who, 17 who take the that she gained class for the years later, say they changed The Simply Yummy what I’d recommend to some- may be slow because of the lack her passion for credit, but leave what they were doing in their one who’s never eaten here be- of space, and that may cause us AIDS prevention feeling impact- lives because of this class,” Sttruck offers a mixture fore. If someone gets a chees- to lose customers. That’s just education. ed in ways that onberg said. “A few students esteak and sees someone else part of being in the truck busiof American and She recalled they didn’t ex- have even changed their career get the banh mi, they’ll try it the ness, though.” Stonberg’s class path to work in HIV because of pect it to.” Vietnamese food. Hua also said she believes as being a milenext time and never go back to C a t r o n what they learned. To impact a Arielle Catron/graduate student ARIANE PEPSIN she would do better business if stone in estabthe cheesesteak.” has returned to population, to impact students The Temple News Despite the popularity of the truck were closer to the Stu- lishing realistic understandings Temple as a graduate student in that way – I don’t know many the Vietnamese dishes, Simply dent Center. Nevertheless, she of the disease. pursuing a degree in social people who get to do that.” Traditional Vietnamese cui- Yummy still offers standard said she is still happy with her “It wasn’t intense, but it work, a goal she attributes to sine calls for at least five spices, food truck options. Hua said she choice to open the business at was intensive,” Catron said. AIDS and Society. It was one five nutrients, five colors and an believes the truck should have Temple. John Corrigan can be reached “We went over the different of the main influences, she said, appeal to all five senses in every enough options to keep people “We’re closer to Broad types of sexually transmitted that inspired her to continue at email@example.com. dish. These complex culinary interested and that it allows her Street and more of a place that diseases and the perceptions pursuing social work. creations are the specialty of business to have a competitive people come to on their way to of AIDS. We learned how the “I’m interested in issues Simply Yummy, a food truck on edge. campus,” Hua said. “We thought perception evolved since the Main Campus. “I feel like we’re in com- about going to the University of epidemic began in the ‘80s, how At Simply Yummy, located petition with everyone,” Hua Pennsylvania with the truck, different cultures reacted and on Montgomery Avenue near said. “It’s not so much about the but we’re happy that we chose the global, as well as domestic, Conwell Hall, some students food, but there are just so many Temple. We like it here so far.” ramifications.” consider the Vietnamese dishes places to choose from. If it’s Though it’s the truck speThe syllabus includes a to be the hidden gems on the cold, people want to go some- cialty, not all customers have couple of reflective journals, a truck’s extensive menu. where close by, so they may not tried the Vietnamese fare. Ste- group project, a final and a preOwned and operated by want to walk four or five blocks ven Baranowski, a senior toursentation. Hailey Hua, Simply Yummy for food.” ism and hospitality management “It sounds like a lot, but has been on campus for three Regardless, Hua said she major, said he’s a fan of the there is often time in the class years. Hua, however, said she believes involving heritage in quick service and consistency. to work on the assignments,” learned how to cook traditional the food industry is important “Their breakfast is great Stonberg said. “I start out the Vietnamese fare at a young age. for any food truck owner. She and it’s cheap and fast,” Baweek saying, ‘Give up everySince her family members have said representing Vietnamese ranowski said. “I haven’t tried thing else you have this week.’ frequently owned businesses in food culture is what keeps Sim- any of the Vietnamese dishes They’ve been relaxing since the food industry, she said open- ply Yummy going. here, though.” before Christmas – it’s a long ing one of her own was second Hua said she believes the break. Remember, the credits “We’re one of the few placnature. es that serve Vietnamese cuisine diversity among the Temple count toward the spring semes“My family members have around here,” Hua said. “We all food truck community has imter so the students will have a been in the restaurant business eat it every day, so it’s nice to proved since she arrived three lighter schedule.” for over 20 years – it’s just see others interested in our food years ago and hopes to see it Catron recommends that something we do,” Hua said. “I and enjoying it.” progress during her time on students utilize time managelearned to cook at home and I’ve Owning a food truck as op- campus – including the open- ment if they hope to take advancontinued to do it since then.” posed to a restaurant can often mindedness of students when it tage of everything the class has At first glance, the Simply be a challenge, Hua said, when comes to trying new food. to offer. Yummy menu looks similar to it comes time to cook some of “When I first got here, there “Make sure you have the other trucks on Montgomery the dishes for hungry and often wasn’t really any diversity and it time and energy to devote to the Avenue. It includes burgers, impatient customers. Hua ini- was kind of disappointing,” Hua class because everything hapsandwiches and hoagies. The tially decided to open a truck said. “Now, I see quite a bit of pens pretty quickly,” Catron menu also offers Vietnamese instead of a restaurant because different cuisines and I’m happy said. “With all of the reading staples. Some of these options of easier maintenance, but said about it. It was much needed.” and the project, I wouldn’t take are wonton soup, lemongrass she now realizes the drawbacks. it if you work a lot or have prior chicken with rice and the most Ariane Pepsin “We’re limited by the space obligations. But it was nice to can be reached at popular choice, banh mi. in the truck, but we’re trying to firstname.lastname@example.org. be enmeshed in the topic and “Banh mi is a Vietnamese put more grills in because the have the time to talk about it in hoagie with chicken or pork, or ones we have can only fit so depth.” Dina Stonberg invites guest speakers to present during her the traditional style with Viet- much food at a time,” Hua said. With such a limited amount weeklong AIDS and Society class. She said the curriculum is namese ham,” Hua said. “It’s “We get busy at lunch, but we of time to instruct her students, full but manageable. | COURTESY DINA STONBERG
of AIDS has improved, but there are still people afraid to interact with those infected.
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day in Temple Contemporary, and it was really fun,” Affourtit said. The sculpture, entitled “For Your Information,” was a collaborative effort between Grinnan and the students, and utilized many mediums. The printmaking graduates used a special form of paper to transfer images from YouTube video stills onto cement blocks, which were used to form the base of the piece. The videos were chosen in part by friends of Grinnan from Los Angeles. The design of “For Your Information” resembles workout equipment but is intended to be a “research space,” Grinnan said, where viewers can participate in the work itself. It has been a two-year creation process that began when Grinnan asked friends in Los Angeles to contribute visual information. “There were about 50 or 60
contributions,” Grinnan said. activity promotes a lot of con“People could bring anything versation, so it really became a they wanted to the piece, it social thing. There were even wasn’t specific.” people from other schools comGrinnan ing in.” said she had alBeing able ways wanted the to work side work to be a colby side with laborative effort. students from After getting various areas of in contact with expertise was members of the something GrinTyler communan said brought nity, she made her even closer the decision to to the work. engage students Some students in the project, even played inthough she said strumental roles in the success she never exof her piece, she pected such an said. enthusiastic reKatie Grinnan /Artist “Part of my action. sculpture got re“[Affourtit] organized this amazing thing ally damaged in shipping and where students were coming one of the students helped me in and rotating, so I met a ton repair it, which was so amazof people,” Grinnan said. “The ing,” Grinnan said. “It was actu-
promotes a lot of conversation, so it really became a social thing. There were even people from other schools coming in.
ally really inspiring to see.” Grinnan’s appearance on Main Campus was her first trip to Philadelphia, she said. Tyler students were not only able to learn from Grinnan, but she also learned from them as young artists. She and participating students said learning from one another was the best part of the experience. “Tyler was really sort of an entry point into Philadelphia and getting to know the city a little bit,” Grinnan said. “I think if I didn’t have the experience, then in a lot of ways the piece would have failed for me. It would have been a disconnected relationship to the work and also to the people.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at email@example.com.
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We the Weeds, a program started by Kaitlin Pomerantz and Zya Levy, bond communal relationships by educating Philadelphia’s youth about plant life. | COURTESY KAITLIN POMERANTZ
Project spreads knowledge of urban plants
We the Weeds aims to educate Philadelphia’s youth about urban plants. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News
ree-of-heaven is invasive – it is one of the most common trees in Philadelphia. It also
smells like peanut butter. Botanist Zya Levy and artist Kaitlin Pomerantz tell this to children from Mastery Charter School–Shoemaker Campus, a school in West Philadelphia. The students eagerly rush to the nearest tree to scratch and sniff the fern-like leaves. Through their project called We the Weeds, founders Levy and Pomerantz are attempting to change the way city dwellers view urban plants.
“We want to show people that they don’t have to go on vacation or leave the city to experience nature,” Pomerantz said. We the Weeds formed about two years ago. The duo came together over the goal of expanding knowledge of the city’s wild plants. Levy contributes as a botanist and Pomerantz as an artist geared toward public displays. When the two met, Pomerantz had the idea of labeling
various plants found in the city as a form of street art. As a botanist, Levy helped her correctly identify the plants, and thus, We the Weeds was born. Pomerantz began painting both the English and Latin names of plants next to the places they grew in the city. The plants may sit against red brick buildings, twist around chainlink fences in abandoned lots or peek out from cracks in the sidewalk.
“Putting a name to something gives it value,” Levy said. “It makes you think about it differently.” While Pomerantz began making botanical labels, which she said she hopes to finish in the spring, Levy contributed the idea of ethnobotanical plant tours, or weed walks. Free, somewhat frequent and open to the public, these are short tours in the city led by Levy and Pomerantz during which they
educate people about the plants they encounter on the walk. The duo started the weed walks unsure of what to expect and were surprised when more than 40 people showed up for the first walk near Chinatown. “We were only expecting 10,” Pomerantz said. “Forty was actually too many, and we were a little overwhelmed.” Levy said the walks are short and only cover about one
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Power through healing
Ballads, brew at new bar
A Temple graduate started the Community Reiki Project to help others.
Howl at the Moon introduces another dueling piano bar into the city.
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Philadelphia is catching on to an art form its audiences can only see with its eyes shut. Reiki is a way to heal the body through an instrucART tor channeling energy into their client through touch over their chakras. It’s meant to holistically heal the body and mind emotionally through whatever anxieties or pain the person might be experiencing. The process is meditative, so instructors perform the treatment on clients who are en- Wokworks, located in Rittenhouse, employee Edgar Goldman III prepares an order on Nov. 15, | ANDREW THAYER TTN couraged to close their eyes and focus on their inner-being. “Reiki creates space,” said Briel Driscoll, a Temple graduate and the founder of the ComPhiladelphia. Philadelphia to be the home for always considered himself to munity Reiki Project. “We spend Owner Brennan Twenty-year-old Brennan Wokworks. Despite considering be a Philadelphian because of a lot of time going and going, we Foxman opened Foxman, owner of Wokworks, Miami and New Orleans as pos- frequent trips to the city to see don’t take the time [to relax]. We found success straight out of sible locations, Foxman said he sporting events and family. his new business in don’t process what we’re dealcollege. Located on 19th and chose Philadelphia because it “I’m a Philly guy,” Foxman ing with, whether it’s emotional, Rittenhouse. Chestnut streets, Foxman’s offers a high volume of custom- said. “I’m an Eagles fan and physical, spiritual, whatever it business allows customers to ers, between residents and the have been a Phillies fan since I is. Reiki brings peacefulness to DAVID LOPEZ build their own entrées using people who work in surround- was a kid.” the mind and body.” The Temple News a variety of Asian ingredients, ing office buildings. At Wokworks, the customDriscoll said she realized spices and sauces. Even though he has only er is able to build as simple of a many services such as Reiki, It’s Asian-inspired food Born and raised in New lived in Philadelphia for about WOKWORKS PAGE 14 from Amsterdam brought to Jersey, Foxman said he chose six months, Foxman said he has REIKI PAGE 10
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While some karaoke machines hold only a few CDs at a time, lead entertainNIGHTLIFE ers at Howl at the Moon memorize up to 400 songs across many genres. “Because when I walk into a piano bar, R. Kelly is the first thing I think of,” Alex Walsh, a lead entertainer and dueling piano player, said to the audience during a Wednesday night show. Dueling piano bars are not a new concept to Philadelphia. However, Howl at the Moon, which is located at 258 S. 15th St. in Rittenhouse and opened on Oct. 4, aims to create a more encompassing interactive music experience and revive the live music in the bar scene. The bar uses guitars, drums and keyboards, as well as two baby grand pianos. Sometimes the performers even use trash cans as instruments. Audience members request songs to be played by the band. Songs can vary from hip hop staples such as “Ignition (Remix)” by R. Kelly, to karaoke favorites
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Dueling piano bar puts spin on improv such as “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, to current radio hits such as “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus. “[It] allows their typical customer to sing along with 90 percent of the songs,” Howl’s website says about the bar’s mission. “There are five musicians, all playing different instruments, and they all know how to play every instrument used from bass to piano,” Katie Thomas, Howl at the Moon’s sales and events manager, as well as a Temple alumna, said. “If they don’t know a song, then they learn it on the spot.” Most of the time, the choices aren’t left up to the performers. “They can play anything from Billy Joel to Lady Gaga, and it’s really just up to the audience,” Thomas said. Many performers at the bar come from other Howl at the Moon locations to bring their entertainment to Philadelphia. Thomas said performers come from all over the nation,
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including San Antonio, Boston, Baltimore and New Orleans. The dueling aspect of the piano bar begins when patrons start tipping the pianists to play their song next or stop playing a current song to play the tune they want to hear instead. Small slips of paper can be found at the tables in Howl to write in requests before the show begins, but shout outs and tips are a more popular option. Performers have to be knowledgeable in a wide variety of music so they can comply with song requests. Just being able to play the music is not the only criteria, though. Entertaining the audience is a large part of the performance, which means humor and wit are needed for the job. “I’m not a huge pop fan, but when Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ is performed, it’s really great,” Thomas said. “The whole band plays and they get out metal trash cans to use as drums.” Howl at the Moon has been around since the 1990s and uses the New Orleans location as in-
spiration for its shows. “The inspiration comes from the old-school duel piano shows, but Howl is more of a rock ‘n’ roll show made more entertaining with audience participation,” Thomas said. Lines to enter the bar on weekends have been down the block, Thomas said. “It’s been amazing,” Thomas said. “Just from word of mouth, people have really started to know us. When we were first opening, the most common thing I heard about the Philly bar scene was, ‘There’s not enough places to dance.’ At Howl, we have live music and a dance floor, but it’s not a nightclub and it really works well.” They serve food and a variety of alcohol, from local craft beers to moonshine. The moonshine served, Midnight Moon, can be found at local liquor stores, but it still adds to Howl’s vibe. Since Howl hopes to bring Southern charm to Philly through its New Orleans inspiration, serving moonshine is a
way of expressing its Southern roots. Moonshine used to be an outlawed drink, traditionally associated with prohibition in the South, but it has recently become a government-regulated and alcohol. Moonshine, which is unaged white whiskey, has gained popularity with a national movement toward smaller, local distilleries. It is a trend Howl has picked up on and used to differentiate itself from more traditional bars. As for the venue, Howl is set up with a stage for the band in the front, a dance floor, high tables so patrons can easily watch the show and a bar in the back. “We’re really excited to be a part of the Philly live music scene,” Thomas said. Sinead Cummings can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extreme Rising returns to Philly Extreme Rising will air television shows filmed in the city on New Year’s Day.
hen you’re voting for the greatest comeback of 2013, don’t settle on Goldust or Chris Jericho. Wait until Extreme Rising returns to professional wrestling on Dec. 28 at the reopening Asylum Arena. Although the local company’s shortlived legacy left a bitter taste in many fans’ mouths, John Corrigan I’m pumped Cheesesteaks for the rebirth and Chairshots of Extreme Championship Wrestling’s youngest offspring. I’ll admit I’m biased because I’ve had a great relationship with Extreme Rising staff and talent in the past. However, I’ve also dealt with Pizza Brain, and you don’t see me wiping my rump with its page in the Guinness World Records because that would undermine my journalistic credibility. And because the bathroom door is closed. After canceling shows in April due to poor ticket sales, Extreme Rising has catapulted back into the wrestling world’s dialogue, due to changes in management. Formerly operated by a five-person partnership, the hardcore promotion now runs under one of the five, Northeast Philly native Steve O’Neill. With a résumé listing an executive producer credit for
“Barbed Wire City,” as well as experience producing for Dangerous Women of Wrestling and the Urban Wrestling Federation, O’Neill certainly has potential to reignite Extreme Rising as a mainstream force. “I didn’t spend all of that time and money for nothing,” O’Neill said. “We’ve had decent attendance for a small company. There’s still something here, so we’ve put together the perfect storm for our comeback.” On New Year’s Day at 10 p.m., Extreme Rising will debut its weekly television show on an unannounced local station. It will be available for viewing in Philadelphia, Bucks County, parts of Reading, Pa. and Allentown, Pa., South Jersey to the shores and northern Delaware. The following week the show will begin airing in its regular timeslot of Tuesdays at 10 p.m. “I chose that time because, to the best of my knowledge, there is no other wrestling on Tuesday nights,” O’Neill said. “The Extreme Rising product could do some interesting things ratings-wise in that timeslot.” The “Unfinished Business” event lineup on Dec. 28 features four matches so far, including Super Crazy and his nephew Pesadilla facing Damien 666 and his son Bestia 666. Other talent expected to appear includes Matt Hardy, Sabu, Rhino, Blue Meanie, Devon Storm and Luke Hawx. “Expect a lot of surprises,” O’Neill said. “When we were doing the first shows, we announced everybody because we had to sell out the Armory. The way ticket sales are going this time, I’m able to hold off on announcing certain people to surprise the fans.” Extreme Rising Champion Stevie Richards is scheduled to defend the title against an
unnamed opponent. However, O’Neill has initiated a social media crusade to organize a title vs. title match between Richards and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling World Heavyweight Champion A.J. Styles. Although TNA didn’t respond to requests for comment, several factors work in O’Neill’s favor. In his current storyline, Styles defends TNA’s richest prize in other companies such as AAA in Mexico Wrestle-1 in Japan, so this match could theoretically occur. Plus, TNA seems to be working with House of Hardcore, as evidenced by Bully Ray’s attack on Tommy Dreamer and subsequent challenge for a street fight at TNA’s Old School. With TNA holding a live event at the Liacouras Center the night before “Unfinished Business,” how likely is this online invitation for Styles to invade Extreme Rising? “Never say never,” O’Neill said. “I’m not alluding to something already set up, because there has been no official contact between TNA and our company. We just want to open the door for a working relationship as we have done with other companies in the past. Juggalo Championship Wrestling will be represented by 2 Tuff Tony, and we’ve discussed plans with Billy Corgan’s Resistance Pro Wrestling. It just has to be a relationship where it’s beneficial for both companies. It will be interesting to see what kind of crowd TNA draws at Temple, especially during the holiday. I think a cross-promotion would increase their attendance a little bit, but I don’t think it would the other way around.” Similar to the multi-man booking system of World Championship Wrestling’s dying days, Extreme Rising’s convo-
luted front office will no longer affect the quality and direction of the alternative product. “There is no red tape anymore,” O’Neill said. “Just by the change of the power structure, things are moving much more quickly for the better of the company. We just changed processing from PayPal to another merchant account so it will be easier for fans to purchase tickets. We’re going to focus on certain talent going forward instead of being pigeonholed to other talent because of whatever past political relationship.” General admission tickets, aside from the already sold out first row for “Unfinished Business,” can be purchased at ExtremeRising.com for $25. “Being on TV in our hometown where we run shows and buy ads during ‘Raw,’ and with our social media presence, I think in the next six months the opportunities that will be presented through TV will be better than anything in independent wrestling in the past 10 years,” O’Neill said. “Right now is one of those times when you need something different. I think we have more realistic storylines, more colorful characters, and we’re aiming for that 24 and up demographic. We know kids will come and that’s fine, but we know 95 percent of our audience is older, and I love that because we can go up to a beer or liquor sponsor, something most companies can’t do.” In an era where anti-bullying campaigns and Susan G. Komen sponsorships infiltrate suplexes and swinging chairs, I’m thirsty for some bloody, unadulterated wrestling. John Corrigan can be reached at email@example.com.
acupuncture or yoga are not affordable to everyone. After hearing about a place in Portland, Ore., that offered acupuncture for a sliding-scale rate, Driscoll was inspired to pursue a similar idea with Reiki in Philadelphia. Driscoll said finding teachers for the project was a slow process, but it eventually started to pick up. She said her students wanted to “jump on the bandwagon” and help out with the project. Justine Haemmerli, who is one of the guest practitioners, said her appreciation of Driscoll and what she stands for drew her to the project right away. “Too often things that are very vital and necessary, especially things to deal with healing, are at an unattainable price point,” Haemmerli said. “It doesn’t need to be that way. What I appreciate about [Driscoll] and the concept of the project is it’s not about making money, but helping people out in their lives and helping to sustain folks who are practicing this.” Temple intellectual heritage professor Susan Bertolino is a guest Reiki teacher for the project as well, and is considered a master teacher of the art after completing her Reiki 1, 2 and 3 classes. “[Driscoll] wanted to bring Reiki to everyone, and I think the same about yoga,” Bertolino said. “How can we make yoga and Reiki both affordable and available to everyone, regardless of finances and location? So it was a meeting of the minds.” Roslynn Posley, who runs Temple’s yoga club, said she sees a strong correlation between yoga and Reiki in a mental, instead of physical, sense. “I think that a lot of people hold in negative energy – if we hold in negative emotion, there’s no release,” Posley said. “Negatively, when there’s so much inside of a person, we see them do ridiculous things in their lifestyle. These kinds of acts are releasing that energy and that emotion. Things can be released now in a positive way.” Bertolino said she has started to see people in “multidimensional” ways because of Reiki practice, and believes that physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies must all align and be in balance in order for full health or healing. Bertolino said she has seen Reiki heal in extraordinary ways, like in her friend who was struggling to conceive. “[Her body] was silently telling her that she would never have a baby and it was all her fault,” Bertolino said. “I began sending Reiki to her ovaries and reproductive organs. She is now almost seven months pregnant with a little girl. Reiki
brought me in touch with her sense of blame and self-sabotage. I don’t know if my sending her Reiki helped or not, but I knew it and I told her that she was not to blame. I also sensed that there was a child that desperately wanted to be born, and somehow she needed to heal that wound so that this new life could assert itself. I know how wacko this may sound, but I stand by my words.” Driscoll said one of the biggest rewards of starting the Community Reiki Project is “giving the gift to help people deal with their day-to-day lives.” In Reiki, there is a lot of silence and stillness. Driscoll said she has found she can really become close to a person within the silence and that there’s a lot to tell by the energy that each individual gives off. Driscoll said Reiki is noninvasive and isn’t meant to be intimidating. Haemmerli said she encourages people to try it. “If you’ve ever felt comforted by someone putting a hand on your shoulder, you’ve already experienced Reiki,” Haemmerli said. “It’s getting something kind of beneficial for yourself. By being a person, you’ve probably already experienced it.” The Community Reiki Project takes place in studios around the city where people can join Reiki, but more information and locations can be found at TheCommunityReikiProject.org. Bertolino encourages newcomers to experience Reiki. “Go with your gut,” Bertolino said. “Trust your intuition. If you hear a still, small voice saying, ‘This is something I want to do,’ then follow that sound. We often second-guess our intuition. Reiki helps with that. It gets you to trust that you know what is good for yourself, so trust the process. Just by coming to a clinic and receiving Reiki, you are taking an important step toward wholeness in your life. Embrace it.” Chelsea Finn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; They will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, In a salt land where no one lives. “but Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search for the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct,
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Caught a Ghost performed at Johnny Brenda’s on Nov. 4 as one of two openers for He’s My Brother She’s My Sister. Caught a Ghost is led by guitarist, percussionist, and lead singer Jesse Nolan along with Tim McKay on the baritone saxophone, actress Tessa Thompson on percussion and background vocals and drummer Steven Edelstein. ONLINE. | JACOB COLON TTN
New app creates mini music videos Similar to Vine, Mindie loops seven-second music videos created by its users.
irst comes Vine, then comes Mindie? The latest followup to the quickly-popular application adds a new element to micro-videos: music. Video loops became an Internet phenomenon through the launch of Vine in January. The app, which was originally exclusive to OS and is now available for Android devices and Windows Phones, records six-second Nia Prater videos and conPlay On tinuously loops them. The finished product can then be shared to the user’s Twitter and Facebook profiles.
Mindie is a fairly new app that was released in mid-October by the developer Ever. At first glance, the app appears to be just another copycat. Similar to Vine, it records short videos, though Mindie offers up to seven seconds to users. However, the major difference between the two apps is Mindie’s ability to select a track that will play during the video that will loop as well. Before you even shoot your video, Mindie utilizes the iTunes API to allow the user to search through 30-second previews of songs. After a track is chosen, the app takes a seven-second clip from the preview that will be used as the soundtrack to the finished product. Vines can only include music if the user has it playing in the background while filming. Mindie, however, finds the song, cuts it down and loops it for you. Aside from the music element, there is nothing revolutionary about the new app. You can only access
its features if you are willing to allow the app to access your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Mindie is also similar to Vine in regards to how difficult it is to stumble upon videos from those sites. Unless you follow the Twitter feed of someone that “Vines” often, or friends post their videos publicly, it’s hard to just search for Vines. Many Internet users found ways around this by posting some of the funniest and most popular Vines to YouTube in compilations. Mindie also has this problem, but it’s too early to say if people will go through the effort to pull “Mindies” from the site and upload them somewhere else. The idea of an app that makes mini music videos is clever, but how much of your life can you share within seven seconds? Music videos aren’t exactly a medium that lends itself to brevity. An average song is anywhere from three to four minutes, and a typical music video is at
least that long, or longer if the artist is feeling creative. The shortness of Vine videos works for it, since it is often used for jokes or odd situations that would fall flat if they were dragged out for longer than six seconds. But for a true music video, seven seconds seems too short. The time restricts it to being known only as “Vine with music.” It is too soon to tell if Mindie is catching on. Its section on the iTunes App Store features only three customer reviews compared to Vine’s 302. But its concept might seem interesting to some. “I had never heard of this app before,” said Sean Jalbert, a junior theater major. “As someone who is an 80-year-old man when it comes to social media, I personally wouldn’t download this app. However, it does sound appealing, and I can certainly see it catching on.” Nia Prater can be reached at email@example.com.
Remaking movies is as predictable as the plot lines Directors stick to remakes and reboots because they know people will flock.
emakes have been all the rage in Hollywood since, well, enough time passed after a hit was made that it was in the back of the general public’s mind. Hollywood has been using the remake trick for decades, and it’s not a bad thing. There are varying degrees of remakes. There are concepts that Chelsea are essentially Colatriano copied, such as Roll Tape the recent Stephen King novel remake, “Carrie.” There is an automatic audience draw because of the nostalgia factor. The audience goes into this kind of remake with certain expectations that could range from deviations from the original but not too much change or visual changes. It is impossible to
make everyone happy, but remakes sell tickets because of these expectations. There are also remakes that borrow plot lines from films but aren’t exactly the same. “The Lion King” is Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” which has been adapted into a movie quite a few times. Re-watch “The Lion King” with that in mind, and the illusion of the film’s creative story will be destroyed. Within genres, the same plots are recycled all of time because they’re formulaic. Characters and objectives may change, but the barebones plot does not necessarily have to in order to create a new idea. Romantic comedies: Boy meets girl – or girl meets boy, and hopefully soon there will be more boy meets boy and girl meets girl – boy gets girl, boy loses girl and boy gets girl back because the expectation that they are “meant to be” has been set up for the audience. But there are plenty of romantic comedies out there. They may feel similar to one another, but that doesn’t mean audiences don’t go flocking to them every Valentine’s Day.
The hero’s journey has been long used as the winning formula for Hollywood movies. Audiences want to see a hero face trials that seem to be impossible, only to pass through them with flying colors. According to Box Office Mojo, since 2001 the top grossing films in America have been either a sequel or an adaptation from a comic or novel series, with the only exception being James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Remakes and reboots seem to be absent from this list. One successful remake was Peter Jackson’s 2005 reimagining of “King Kong,” which grossed $218,080,025 in the U.S. and garnered three Academy Awards. On the other end of the success scale is the reboot of the 1990 scifi hit “Total Recall.” In 1990, the blockbuster starring Arnold Schwarzenegger cost about $65 million to make, according to IMDb, and grossed about $119 million in the U.S. and was nominated for two Oscars. The 2012 remake only grossed around $59 million in the U.S. The thought process is that viewers who were fans of a film 20
or 30 years ago will want to watch the revamped version. However, nothing is certain when it comes to box office results. Television is no exception. There are plenty of remakes on television right now. A remake of “Hawaii Five-0” began airing on CBS in 2010 to strong ratings. The third season averaged around 10 million viewers, according to Zap 2 It. Childhood favorite “Boy Meets World” is being rebooted as “Girl Meets World” on Disney Channel with main characters Cory and Topanga’s daughter as the main character. And “Boy Meets World” was not on that long ago – it ended in 2000. All Hollywood mainstream films do one thing: set up a problem that seems impossible to resolve, give the main character some hoops to jump through and see if or how they fix it at the end. But where do we draw the line between remakes and inspiration? Is there a line? That’s up for the paying customers to decide.
TRENDING IN PHILLY COMEDIC OPERAS
@Uwishunu tweeted on Nov. 15 that the Curtis Institute of Music is offering half-priced tickets to their comedic opera, “L’elisir d’amore.” The deal runs from Nov. 21-24 and can found at Uwishunu.com.
What people are talking about in Philly – from news DIRECTOR TURNED PAINTER and store openings, to music events and restaurant openings. @phillymag tweeted on Nov. 15 that famous director For breaking news and daily David Lynch will have an art exhibit next year at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibit will run from updates, follow The Temple News Sept. 5, 2014 until Jan. 15, 2015. Lynch attended PAFA on Twitter @TheTempleNews. from 1966-1977, which served as inspiration for his film “Eraserhead.”
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Shake Shack, located at 20th and Sansom streets, will be hosting Shack Track and Field. Every second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., a 45-minute to hour-long run will take place, starting from the restaurant. All running skill levels are welcome. The next run is on Nov. 26. The cost is free, and at the end of the run, participants receive a complimentary milkshake from Shake Shack. Philly Photo Day was Oct. 18, and now those photographs are on display in an exhibition in Old City until Dec. 28. Every photo taken will be displayed so guests will be able to see pictures taken from all over the city by a variety of Philadelphians. The Philly Photo Day Gallery, located at 120 N. 3rd St., is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. The day was organized by the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. Admission is free. – Sinead Cummings
OUT & ABOUT DISCOUNT TACOS A new restaurant at 7th Street and Girard Avenue is offering two weekly deals. Every Tuesday, Union Taco will have $2 tacos. Each week, a different taco from the menu will be offered at a discount. Tacos include a ground Kobe beef taco with jalapeno queso, pico de gallo and pickled jalapenos, and a mahi-mahi taco with fire-roasted corn and black bean salsa, among other varieties. On Fridays, the deal is $10 flatbreads. They feature a variety of options, from a simple tomato pie to a gourmet black truffle with chicken confit. Union Taco is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. – Sarae Gdovin
FRANKLIN FLEA MARKET OPENS The Franklin Flea market opened this past Saturday, Nov. 16, in Center City. It will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday until Dec. 25. The vision, crafted by Philadelphia resident Mark Velve and the public event company Fluxus, took inspiration from Brooklyn Flea Philly, which came to Northern Liberties in June. Brooklyn Flea Philly, however, ended a few weeks later as it did not draw the estimated crowds. The Franklin Flea encompasses the entire first floor of the old Strawbridge’s store on 8th and Market streets. The market mostly focuses on the vintage and antiques from more than 40 vendors, all of whom were vetted by the Franklin Flea team. Although the market will close at the end of the year, Velve is looking to bring the market outdoors sometime in April. –Samantha Tighe
‘EMO’ BANDS GET RECOGNIZED A few Philadelphia and Temple bands were mentioned on Buzzfeed’s “21 Newer Bands You Should Definitely Check Out If You’re Desperately Missing ‘90s And ‘00s Emo” published on Nov. 15. Among the 21 bands listed, seven are from Pennsylvania. Philadelphia bands Glocca Morra, Everyone Everywhere and Modern Baseball were included along with Pennsylvania natives Hightide Hotel, Snowing, Title Fight and Tigers Jaw. Buzzfeed compares the bands to The Promise Ring, Brand New, The Appleseed Cast and Death Cab For Cutie among many others in a “Sound Like” line under each entry along with a “Best Album to Start With.” –Patricia Madej
@PhillyDailyNews tweeted on Nov. 15 that OSHA has fined contractor Griffin Campbell $313,000 for the partial building collapse that happened in Center City in June. Six were killed and 14 were injured when a building being demolished fell into a Salvation Army next door. Other cases involving the incident are still open.
EDIBLE MAGAZINE DEBUTS @citypaper tweeted on Nov. 14 that Philadelphia is set to get its own food magazine called Edible Philly, which will feature reviews, profiles, recipes and more. Edible has 81 food magazines across the nation, and Philly’s is set to debut this week and can be found at Whole Foods, Reading Terminal Market, Southwark and Weaver’s Way.
Program teaches importance of plants, ecology
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city block. what was there before.” “You really can choose Wood works with the really any block in the city, students at Mastery Charter though Center City is harder be- School–Shoemaker Campus cause it’s more manicured,” she and said he supports the ideas said. “Just one block gives us behind We the Weeds. enough plant life to talk about “In the city, it’s very easy for hours.” to believe you’re losing touch Through these weed walks with the environment,” he said. and We the Weeds itself, Levy “This project has a positive imand Pomerantz said they are pact psychologically in terms of hoping to raise awareness of ur- how you approach the natural ban plant life. world, and the kids really enjoy “Teaching people about it.” local ecology empowers them Pomerantz and Levy said because they have a they hope better sense of their to continue own area,” Pomerworking antz said. with and edWe the Weeds ucating chilheld an ethnobodren. tanical plant tour “Chilin Kensington on dren in Saturday, Nov. 16. school are Levy and Pomerantz taught to post upcoming tours access naand other events on ture through their website, wethtextbooks, eweeds.tumblr.com. but I realize The recent how imporplant tour was part tant implied Kaitlin Pomerantz/co-founder of a continuing econatural scifriendly art exhibit ence is,” called “Me and Earth” at Pile of Pomerantz said. “It’s a way for Bricks, a gallery in East Kens- students to have a hands-on reington along the Frankford Av- lationship with what is around enue arts corridor. The exhibit them.” features at least 20 artists. This is the second time We Levy and Pomerantz are in- the Weeds has worked with the volved in a number of art proj- school. The first time, Pomerects. Last summer they paired antz helped students make their with the Asian Arts Initiative own paper out of old hometo use the Hot Tea Cart, which work, which they turned into served tea made from plants that seed packets. The packets were grow locally for free on Spring then attached to a wall near the Garden Street. school in the shape of a tree. We the Weeds is working As time progressed, the on four murals with the Mural seeds fell off the wall and a garArts Program on 53rd and War- den grew beneath the mural. ren streets in West Philadelphia. “The students loved turning Students at the nearby Mastery garbage into beautiful, colorful Charter School–Shoemaker sheets of paper,” Pomerantz Campus volunteer to help We said. “Eventually, we had plants the Weeds as part of an after- growing.” school program. The mural represents an “It’s nice to get outside, en- idea that We the Weeds strives joy the weather and learn about to spread: Humans and plants things we don’t usually talk are connected, regardless of about,” said Serene Nembhard, where plants grow. a student at the Mastery Charter “We’re trying to show School. people that plants are not just The murals are relatively random chaos and a nuisance, simple and feature outlines and but actively participating in our names of several plants. ecosystem,” Levy said. “I really like [Pomerantz’s] “They clean our air and wause of the wall, which is some- ter,” Levy said. “To know plants thing that is generally covered is to know and have ownership in murals,” Jared Wood, a teach- of your area. It changes things.” ing artist for the Mural Arts ProClaire Sasko can be reached at gram, said. “She manipulates email@example.com. negative space to not only show the beauty of the painting, but
people about local ecology empowers them because they have a better sense of their own area.
Morningside Lane brings its Jersey pride to the Philadelphia music scene. Left to right: Chris Beddy, Ricardo Quadros, Marc Del Giudice, Alexander Del Giudice and Jon Khan. | COURTESY ROBERT JOHN KENNEDY
Morningside Lane conquers hometown, Philly basements New Jersey band earns following at Temple. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News Members of Morningside Lane were worried they might blow the speakers of the PA system, but it didn’t stop them from playing. In a basement show near Main Campus on Nov. 8, the five-member alternative rock band pushed its luck, regardless of the PA system and a missing microphone stand someone had stolen before the group arrived to perform. “It was a decent PA for just vocals, but the fact that we had to plug in the bass also, that could have been trouble,” lead singer and guitarist Marc Del Giudice said. The band also improvised by tying the microphone to the ceiling for Del Giudice to sing into. A dangerous situation was dodged, and both the band and fans enjoyed themselves, focusing on Morningside Lane’s music. “You don’t find circumstances like that – when you do, it’s a breath of fresh air,” Alex Del Giudice, Marc’s brother and Morningside Lane drummer, said about performing at basement shows. “When you go to venues, they have thousands
of dollars of equipment and they got the best sound guys … compared to a basement show, which is totally the opposite. We’re playing on concrete.” Manager Zach Edelman, a junior at Temple majoring in sports management, has been with the band since day one, booking its shows at venues such as the Trocadero Theatre and Legendary Dobbs. Morningside Lane will perform at The Boneyard in Atlantic City, N.J. on Friday, Nov. 29. The band has also played at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square and Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – where it performed side stage for bands Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance – in New York. Edelman books a few stops every so often at basement shows off of Temple’s campus. Morningside Lane started in 2009, and several lineup changes have led the band to where it is today. The band is now comprised of five members, none older than 23, from Bergen County, N.J. Bassist Chris Beddy joined within the past two months after a friend spotted a picture Beddy posted on Instagram of his new six-string bass guitar, which he refers to affectionately as his “baby.” “I posted a picture of my new baby and [my friend] was like, ‘Yo, hit up my friends, they need a new bassist, you know Morningside Lane,’” Beddy
said. He described his and guitarist Ricardo Quadros’ positions with a laugh, saying they “started from the audience, now we here.” Quadros said he used to attend Morningside Lane’s shows before being asked to join the band. “I’ve been friends with these kids for a while, but I was always on the side with people watching the band,” Quadros said. “I used to go out and support them. The feedback that we get, now that I’m part of the band, is the same feedback I used to get around them.” Guitarist Jon Khan said this positive feedback from the audience is what keeps fans coming back. “It’s about the energy and the good time you have,” Khan said. Morningside Lane released two albums: “Just the Other Side of Romance” and “Poets & Back to the Radio” in 2012, both with members who have since left, although the Del Giudice brothers and Khan have stuck with the band since the beginning. Paying tribute to its Jersey roots, all of the members idolize The Gaslight Anthem, a band from New Brunswick, N.J. Morningside Lane has performed at The Court Tavern, the same bar and basement setting where The Gaslight Anthem started to gain popularity. Del Giudice’s vocals sound similar
to The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon’s – gritty yet sentimental. But even the members of Morningside Lane can get confused when trying to pinpoint its genre. “It’s a very contradictory statement, coming from an outsider who just joined the band, that it’s progressive classic rock,” Beddy said. It might be an oxymoron, but it’s essentially the band’s goal to progressively weave its own sound with elements from New Jersey icons such as Bruce Springsteen. “A lot of people take New Jersey for granted – they’re going to [New York] City and ditching Jersey, [but] we embrace New Jersey,” Khan said. “New Jersey’s a great place to live and a great place to grow up and a great place to go back to your roots and say, ‘This is where I came from.’ We want to stay true to our identity.” Keeping this identity in mind, band members said they still enjoy playing in Philadelphia and hope to someday perform at the Electric Factory. “Temple’s right at the heart of Philly,” Quadros said. “To get shows around here, it’s better. People come out more. Philly has a nice scene of students, a younger crowd.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrepreneur puts creativity into traditional foods dish as they would like or more complex meal, using ingredients that are sourced locally and homegrown in planters inside the establishment. “The goal here is that you could leave here for under $10, but you could add a lot and leave here spending $20,” Foxman said. “[What] we wanted to do was provide these great Asian flavors that everyone really loves but with really great ingredients.” Opening a restaurant was not always the plan for Foxman. Since he was a kid, he had planned on going to law school. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in economics. Foxman said he found the inspiration to start his new business from his brief stay in Amsterdam. “I lived in Amsterdam for a while and in Amsterdam, there’s a huge Southeast Asian influence and wok cooking in fastfood,” he said. “I love the idea of using woks and using Asian food as fast-food, so I really wanted to do that concept here.” Foxman said there’s only
one way to start a business, especially if the entrepreneur has never had prior experience in the field. “You really have to jump head first,” Foxman said. “If you try to dance around your idea, you’re going to fail and you’ll also not do it the right way. About a year and a half ago, I just jumped right into it.” While a college education is helpful in obtaining a successful career, Foxman’s story proves that it is not impossible to follow a different career path if it’s something a person is passionate about. “It was a big learning process,” he said. “It takes months and months of figuring out what you’re selling and what people like. A lot of things are left to learn in the real world that they do not teach you in school.” Foxman said there were many obstacles to overcome while trying to bring his concept to life. One of the hardest was just getting a loan. “I had to go to 30 banks before getting the money,” Foxman said. “Eventually I ended
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up getting money from Bank of America, who had a really sympathetic loan officer who thought it was a good idea and he really liked it, so he was my
advocate. That was challenging, but nothing was more challenging than physically building the restaurant.” There are many restrictions
to what he can do in the building because Foxman’s business is in the historic district. “It takes a lot of time,” Foxman said. “If you’re deeply
involved in something, you’ll find success.” Daniel Lopez can be reached at email@example.com.
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For budding interns, starting off locally can be worthwhile
from any internship you apply for,” Quigley said. “Small internships will provide you with a great portfolio to show larger media corporations. We limit the number of interns we take so that each student will have the opportunity to directly use the equipment from the start to end of each of their products.” During my internship with Abington Cable Channel, I worked to produce daily community involvement videos and interviews about prominent members of the district. Working for a small channel, I was able to use the equipment to film and edit videos on topics I was drawn toward. I wouldn’t
have had the opportunity to directly use the equipment if I had started out at a larger media company. I began filming videos about community service activities that I was doing with the nonprofit H2O for Life about raising awareness about the world water crisis. One of my educational documentaries, “Bathroom Pass,” went from Abington Cable Channel to the Academy for Educational Development’s museum in Washington, and even attracted the attention of Diane Sawyer of ABC News who asked to see my film for a piece she was developing for a special program.
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At my Abington internship, I even had the opportunity to further my water curiosity through a two-week trip to China, where I produced a 30-minute documentary called “Esther Goes to China.” Despite the simple title, working in such a hands-on environment was a unique experience. I’m not the only one who sees benefit in starting internships on a local level. Junior engineering major Emily Crosette said that while her research internship at Lafayette College last summer cut into her social life, it ultimately benefited her professional development. “I pregame life with in-
ternships,” Crosette said with a laugh. “I can’t think of a better way to spend my Friday night than assisting with great discoveries in a lab.”
Your college years may be the best four years of your life if you use your classes as a bridge to connect yourself with the working world. Take the smaller
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jobs seriously because they will lead to big opportunities. Esther Katro can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Dubinsky takes ‘wild’ photograph on Study Abroad trip, enters B&H contest Kelsey Dubinsky’s photo from her visit to South Africa could win her a return trip.
lion was unexpected, she said. She had her Canon EOS 5D Mark II and zoom lens on hand when her group’s tour vehicle suddenly came upon the lion, a surprise to guides and visitors ALBERT HONG alike. She was about 20 feet The Temple News away from her subject. “It was one of those moIt could be called the photo ments that everyone looked at of a lifetime. each other and they were like, A lion, its mouth open in ‘Did you get that?’ and I did,” a huge yawn and a large pink Dubinsky said with a smile. tongue sticking out, is the subThe photo was taken in ject of junior photojournalism Kruger National Park, toured major Kelsey Dubinsky’s photo by students during this past taken in South Africa. She has summer’s School of Media and entered the piece into the B&H Communication’s Study Away Wilderness Photo Competition. program in South Africa. The The compeprogram is availtition includes able to any stucategories such dent, regardless as land mamof major. mals, aquatic, The South birds and landAfrica program scape/scenery, was recently voted on in both recognized as a professionally the winner of judged vote and an EPPY Award popular choice from Editor & vote. A safari Publisher for trip for two to Best Use of SoBotswana is cial Media for the grand prize News Services for the winner Kelsey Dubinsky / junior with under 1 of the judges’ million unique vote, and a samonthly visifari trip for two to Namibia is tors, in recognition of the TU for the winner of the popular South Africa Tumblr page. vote. These trips are valued at Lezlie McCabe, the assis$22,000 and $16,400, respec- tant director of SMC’s Study tively. Away programs who accompaDubinsky’s photo is lead- nied the 17 students on the trip, ing the competition with almost said an accolade like this repre150 votes. Voting is open to the sents what the program means public until Feb. 28, 2014. for students. “It’s an honor to have my “To be able to put that picture on the top page right on your résumé, I think that’s now,” Dubinsky said of the amazing,” McCabe said. B&H website, where her photo “They’re going to different can be seen and voted for. sites that a typical tourist would Dubinsky said the reason go to, but they’re going at it she chose to enter this photo in a completely different way was the memorable story of its to learn about whatever story creation. Capturing the yawning they’re going to tell.”
“It was one of
those moments that everyone looked at each other and they were like, ‘Did you get that?’ and I did.
Nicholas Cutrona, a junior journalism major who participated in last summer’s South Africa program, said the trip provided him with a résumé boost along with a memorable experience. “The biggest thing is just the content you can show to a possible employer,” Cutrona said. “[Although] it was just fun as well.” Dubinsky said her ideal career is to be a photographer for a publication with a focus on nature, such as National Geographic. Her peers agreed that her yawning lion photo would be a beneficial portfolio piece to be marketable to future employers. “It’s really just like anything else you would see in National Geographic,” Cutrona said. A close encounter with big cats wasn’t the only highlight of the visit to South Africa, students said. Activities included exploring wildlife, safaris and cage diving with sharks. Dubinsky said it was an experience she won’t forget. “It was an amazing trip and everything that we did was really interesting,” Dubinsky said. South Africa was Dubinsky’s first and so far only study abroad experience, but she expressed her enthusiasm in wanting to return to the area “with or without study abroad” – a motivating factor in entering the competition, she said. If she were to win, Dubinsky said she would bring her mother on the trip to an African safari as her guest. “The whole time I was in Kruger [National Park] the first time I went, I was thinking about how much I wished she was there with me because I knew she’d like it,” Dubinsky said.
Kelsey Dubinsky holds the photo she took in South Africa of a wild lion mid-yawn in Kruger National Park of South Africa. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN Dubinsky said she believes the Temple community is her greatest asset in entering and succeeding in the photo competition. She said she plans to spread the word by having the picture posted on SMC’s Facebook page.
McCabe is also confident that the Temple community will play an instrumental role in helping Dubinsky to be recognized for her work. “I think it depends on getting the word out so the whole Temple community rallies be-
hind her to help her win,” McCabe said. “We have the numbers.” Albert Hong can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Water consumption an important part of overall health to remember that there is such a thing as too much water. Water intoxication occurs when an individual drinks too much water in a small amount of time, diluting the body’s nutrients, according to a HowStuffWorks.com article by Julia Layton. The excess amount of water also causes an electrolyte
imbalance that messes with the body’s sodium levels. This causes a condition called hyponatremia, which is the scientific cause of coma and death associated with water intoxication. This was said to be the case with Jennifer Strange, a young woman who died after a “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” competi-
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tion, also mentioned in Layton’s article. In the case of water, more isn’t always better. However, meeting your target water intake goals can have some major benefits. Feeling groggy? Try a glass of water before hitting “brew” on the Keurig, because even
mild dehydration can cause a decrease in energy, according to the Mayo Clinic. The body is 60 percent water. WebMD.com says maintaining a healthy hydration level can keep things running smoothly – from digestion and circulation to the transportation of nutrients.
As evident in my case, water can also aid weight loss. A satisfied bladder can result in a fuller feeling. Plus, opting for water instead of soda is an easy way to trim calorie intake. From a purely aesthetic perspective, keeping a healthy level of H20 can also result in healthier looking skin. Plus, it’s
cheaper than any miracle cream on the market. While it seems so simple, water intake is a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. I’ll drink to that. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @jenelley.
Earn extra credits this Winter online. Introducing our New Winter Session December 18–January 11
Fight the cold and stay indoors. Take advantage of your winter break to earn additional credits to catch up or get ahead on your degree. Our credits transfer seamlessly to most schools (check with your home institution) and our tuition rates are hard to beat. We make registration simple, click on Guest Student at www.mc3.edu/winter Check out our list of classes: Intro to Cultural Anthropology (ANT104) Microsoft Word 1 (CAO111) Medical Terminology (CAO/HCP 224) Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJS100) Working with Special Needs Children (EDU213) English Composition 101 (ENG101) English Composition 102 (ENG102) Basic Nutrition (ESW206) Personal Health and Wellness Education (ESW235) Safety and First Aid (ESW245) *hybrid World Regional Geography (GEO110) History of Western Civilization 1 (HIS101)
History of Western Civilization 2 (HIS102) History of the U.S. – from 1877 (HIS 205) Introduction to Business (MGT110) Principles of Management (MGT111) Introduction to Logic (PHI110) American National Government (POL124) Intro to Psychology (PSY101) Personality (PSY136) Human Development/Lifespan (PSY206) Strategies for College Success (SCS 101) Intro to Sociology (SOC101) Social Problems (SOC 103)
www.mc3.edu Winter session courses are intended to fully immerse you in the subject matter. To achieve the greatest success the College restricts student enrollment to 1 course. Online courses allow for flexibility in where and when you connect to the course, however students who take a course should be motivated, disciplined, able to handle college level coursework and study independently. Students must be in good academic standing to enroll in this accelerated session. These courses require 6-8 hours of work daily for the session duration.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
AROUND CAMPUS TYLER HOSTS FALL FEAST
The Temple Community Garden invited people to the Artist’s Palate in the Tyler School of Art on Friday for its “Fall Feast.” Members of the organization cooked and baked dozens of foods for students to enjoy. All options were healthy, vegan or vegetarian, with some being gluten-free. Each dish was accompanied by a place card, letting guests know all ingredients and allergens. Many of the items were grown by local farms and co-ops. Entry into the event was free, but guests were charged between $5-15 per plate depending on the amount of food. All proceeds are set to benefit a natural smoothie initiative taking place at Blaine Elementary School, located at 3001 Berks St. The initiative will provide students at Blaine Elementary with these smoothies before the school day, helping them to understand the necessity of making healthy food choices throughout the rest of the day. In addition to the feast, the event also hosted live jazz music, and guests were encouraged to participate in raffles, with prizes supplied by local businesses. -Alexa Bricker
Charlene Briggs uses floral remedies for basic ailments and everyday needs. She creates her own poultices, salves and broths from flower petals, which she uses as a natural alternative to store-bought products and medicines. ONLINE. | DARRAGH FRIEDMAN TTN
Phi Sigma Pi fundraises for Autism Cares One co-ed fraternity organized a chairtable soccer tournament. LORA STRUM The Temple News Whether the brothers played offense or defense, the Phi Sigma Pi honors co-ed fraternity scored one for the Autism Cares Foundation during its eighth annual ICR Philly Cup soccer match. On Nov. 9, the Phi Sigma Pi members competed against teams from Rutgers, Maryland, North Texas, Michigan State, West Chester, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and St. Joseph’s University. The match, held at the student pa-
vilion, was a three-day event that included a welcome dinner and cruise on the Ben Franklin Yacht. “Planning was very tedious,” said Gianluca Pugliese, a Phi Sigma Pi brother and kinesiology major. “We had over 200 brothers traveling from chapters that stayed with us over the two weekend nights. Some even flew in from Texas. Fortunately, I had about two months to prepare [and] great friends to give me a helping hand.” The ICR Philly Cup soccer match is a collaborative effort between the Phi Sigma Pi Alpha Lambda and Gamma Xi chapters at Drexel and Temple that benefits their 2013 philanthropic cause, the Autism Cares Foundation. “The Alpha Epsilon chapter from West Chester University won,
beating the Alpha Beta chapter of the University of Maryland, who beat our Temple University chapter in the semifinals,” Pugliese said. A portion of each participant’s $45 entrance fee was donated to Autism Cares, which provides services to help children and adults with autism lead normal lives. The foundation’s activities include team sports, such as soccer, as well as access to the arts and educational resources. In addition to the donation, participants heard from representatives from the foundation and had the option to participate in a charity run the morning of the match. Pugliese said Phi Sigma Pi collectively raised more than $3,000 for the Autism Cares Foundation. Along with raising funds for Autism Cares, the brothers had other
activities scheduled during the event. With brothers coming from all over the country, Temple and Drexel Phi Sigma Pi members housed tournament members and hosted a dinner to welcome their guests, as well as a closing brunch. In addition to the mealtime events, contestants came together on the Ben Franklin Yacht Saturday night for dinner and dancing. “Overall, it was one of my favorite weekends,” Pugliese said. “I made tons of friends from other schools around the county that I still keep in touch with now, while raising money for an excellent cause.” Lora Strum can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brunner steps up onto local stage BRUNNER PAGE 7 life of a man charged with murdering a young girl. Head of Musical Theatre Peter Reynolds, who has worked with Brunner as a director, recommended her when Arden had yet to cast Brunner’s future role in “Parade.” “They told me what the role was like and I suggested that [Brunner] audition, amongst some other names,” Reynolds said. “She auditioned and was cast. I feel that for a young actor it is important to be in school to complete the degree and train. However, if an amazing opportunity comes up like this, I do what I can to facilitate that.” Reynolds described Brunner as a capable actress and a pleasure to work with. Not only is her onstage experience valuable, he said, but her work ethic is one of her greatest assets. “She’s engaged, so you don’t have to do a lot of prodding,” Reynolds said. “She’s easy to work with, she listens and takes direction well.” Brunner’s experience at Arden Theatre included “a Philly dream cast of actors,” said Alec E. Ferrell, the show’s stage manager. Actors
Jennie Eisenhower and Ben Dibble lot more confidently than I probably were involved in the production. A would have, just because I was with review of the show written by Toby a cast that supported me,” BrunZinman on Philly. ner said. “I formed com says the cast of such close bonds “Parade” showcased with those people impressive vocals and because I was with musical numbers. them all the time. Ferrell said the With anything, when environment could you have people you have been intimidatcan rely on, that’s ing for an actor who really going to help is new to the scene. you. It was also dif“The show is by ferent than anything no means easy – it’s I had ever done, so a big show,” Ferrell Kelsey Dubinsky / junior that was a wonderful said. “It’s a very difexperience.” ficult score. But [Brunner] kind of Reynolds, who served as the dirolled with the punches. She fit in rector of “Spring Awakening,” said with the group incredibly well and he double-cast the show, meaning she held her own.” Brunner was the female lead for only Before her professional experi- half of the performances. However, ence at Arden, Brunner was cast as he said it is unusual for a freshman the female lead in Temple’s fall 2012 to be cast as a lead in any capacity. production of “Spring Awakening” “Talent is talent,” Reynolds said. as a freshman. Brunner said partici- “And then there’s hard work and a pating in the show, was a great learn- strong work ethic, and [Brunner] has ing experience, in part because of the both. Also, in musical theater we content of the show. have a term called the ‘triple threat’: “‘Spring Awakening’ helped me singer, dancer, actor. But [Brunner] come into Temple and the program a is really a quadruple threat, because
“It was one of
those moments that everyone looked at each other and they were like,
she is also a very pretty young woman and her look fits her type. The voice fits and her acting fits what she looks like.” Brunner said she does receive many stereotypically innocent roles, but she embraces it regardless. “I think that’s okay with me right now because I am younger,” Brunner said. “I think I do come across as innocent, so I’m playing up the fact that I’m young and am able to play those roles right now.” While the roles she plays may be young and naïve, Ferrell said Brunner’s persona as a professional actor is the opposite. “You have a little bit of prejudice when you have a younger actor, especially one in college, but from day one, she really came at everything with professionalism and an open mind,” Ferrell said. “She knows her place in a show and really works that to her advantage and does it well.” Emily Rolen can be reached at email@example.com.
DESIGNING YOUR FUTURE On Wednesday from 5 - 6:30 p.m., members of the Tyler architecture community are invited to partake in “Design Your Future: Creating Value In Your Career.” The event will take place in the Tyler Architecture Gallery, Room 104, and students in attendance will receive one point toward their AIA learning unit. This seminar will help architecture students better understand the licensing processes, provide tips for transferring skills into the workplace, update students on changes to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards programs and explain how to get through the internship process with ease. It will also educate students on the importance of the value of the NCARB certificate. Speakers will include Jared Zern, professional architect and instructor of architectural technology, and members of both the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. After the presentation there will be a Q-and-A session. -Alexa Bricker
DELTA ZETA THANKSGIVING The Delta Zeta sisters hosted their annual Delta Tau Thanksgiving Dinner Saturday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. The event gathered 400 alumni, sisters, friends and family in Mitten Hall for this Thanksgiving tradition and philanthropic event. Since 1995, the dinner has grown to include donations to the Delta Zeta’s charitable causes. This year’s philanthropic organization was the Philadelphia School for the Deaf. Delta Zeta collected hats, mittens, scarves and hats for the school. The sisters also collected Build-A-Bear gift certificates for the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Past charities include Toys for Tots, to whom the sisters donated 330 toys in 2012. -Lora Strum
FOOD TRUCK FUNDRAISER Alpha Epsilon Pi concluded their Food Truck Fundraiser last week after hosting five days with five food trucks where 10 percent of the sales went to Save A Child’s Heart, AEPi’s charitable cause. The participating trucks included The Sexy Green Truck, WingoTaco, The Creperie, Burger Busz and Ungrgrnd Donuts. AEPi’s donations to Save a Child’s Heart will help the Israel-based international humanitarian project to provide life-saving cardiac surgery and other life-saving procedures for children from developing countries at the Wolfson Medical Center in Holon, Israel. -Lora Strum
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“What does the Good
Neighbor Initiative between Temple and the community mean to you?
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“I think it’s a great idea, but it needs to be much more emphasized because I feel like a lot of college-age kids can be very self centered.”
LILLIA STAVEROSKY-ANDRULES SENIOR | FILM AND MEDIA ARTS
“I don’t think it works very well because I think Temple needs to do more to get students involved.”
SENIOR | ENGLISH
“I think the program acts more as a façade and does not focus enough on actual outreach.
JUNIOR | STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
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Cardoza lands four recruits on national signing day PLAYERS ADDED FOR 2014-15
The Owls and coach Tonya Cardoza came away with four signees on signing day, the team announced on Nov. 14. Tanaya Atkinson, Khadijah Berger, Wendion Bibbins and Alliya Butts all signed their National Letters of Intent with the team on the first signing day, and will likely round out Temple’s 2014 recruiting class. Atkinson is a 5-foot-9-inches guard from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven, Conn. who averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 rebounds in her junior year last year en route to All-Southern Connecticut Conference and All-Connecticut High School Coaches Association honors. Berger, a 5‘10” guard, posted 17.1 PPG as a junior for Hampton High School in Virginia last year and earned a 2013 USA Today honorable mention. She played AAU ball with Temple freshman guard Feyonda Fitzgerald. Bibbins is a 6’1”power forward who could help supplement the loss of redshirt-senior forward Natasha Thames next year. The Helgen Cox High School senior was a 2012 LSWA Class 4A Honorable Mention All-State selection. Butts, from Holy Cross High School in Edgewater Park, N.J., stands at a mere 5’4” at the point guard position. The height disadvantage clearly is no problem, as the high school senior led all of Burlington County with 25.2 PPG last season for Holy Cross and was named to the Elite 100 Watch List. She has Philadelphia ties, as she played her AAU ball with the Philadelphia Freedom. -Andrew Parent
WILLIAMS, FITZGERALD HONORED IN WEEKLY AWARDS
schedule of opponents for the upcoming season. The first competition of 2014 will occur Feb. 14-16 with a three game set at North Carolina A&T State University. Conference play will begin with road games in March against Memphis and Central Florida. The Owls will play seven games at Ambler before conference home games begin on April 4 against Cincinnati. “I am really excited about our schedule for the spring,” said coach Ryan Wheeler in a press release. “I think we have some early season games that will allow us to compete without being over matched at that time of year. It will allow us a chance to get some guys on the field to see where we are at before we head into American Athletic Conference play. “ -Avery Maehrer
David MacWilliams and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year. The Owls were predicted to place last in the conference, but finished fourth. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Delaware and Auburn, Williams was named to this week’s The American Honor Roll. The junior guard was also named Philadelphia Big 5 player of the week. Fitzgerald, the late game hero against Auburn, was named this week’s The American Freshman of the Week. The freshman guard made four three-point field goals against Auburn, including the go-ahead three in the closing seconds of Temple’s 78–74 win. For both Williams and Fitzgerald, their best outings of the week were in a comeback victory against Auburn, which saw both players recording career-highs. Williams’ 29-point outing was the best of her career, while Fitzgerald recorded a career-high 18 points. -Brien Edwards
Temple’s starting backcourt of junior guard Tyonna Williams and freshman guard Feyonda Fitzger- CONFERENCE HONORS OWLS ald was recognized in this week’s American Athletic Although it was announced Monday that the Conference awards. Owls were not selected to compete in the NCAA After recording 39 total points in victories against tournament, the American Athletic Conference did
FOOTBALL MONEY RAISED FOR TYPHOON HAIYAN VICTIMS IN PHILIPPINES
honor the team for its performance this season. The coaching staff, led by David MacWilliams, was named During Saturday’s game against Central Florida, Coaching Staff of the Year. Freshman Robert Sagel and sophomore Jared Martinelli were named Second fans were given a chance to help victims of Typhoon Team All-Conference. Additionally, Sagel was selected Haiyan in the Philippines. Millions of people were affected by the storm, to the All-Rookie Team. and the American Red Cross was at Lincoln Financial Temple was also awarded the Fair Play Award, Field collecting donations throughout the concourse. given to the team that collects the fewest penalty -Avery Maehrer points during the course of the season. The Owls were picked to finish last in a preseason coaches’ poll, but proved doubters wrong by going 10-4-4 and finishing fourth in the conference. -Avery Maehrer IACOBINI NAMED TO HONOR ROLL Last week, junior middle blocker Jennifer Iacobini was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll due to her strong performance 2014 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED during Temple’s 3-1 win against Memphis on Nov. 8. A week after announcing that the team will play During the Memphis match, Iacoini collected 11 all but one of its conference games in 2014 at Camp- kills and hit .417, recording seven digs and two blocks. bell’s Field in Camden, N.J., Temple announced the full -Avery Maehrer
White slowed by Parkinson’s, but not deterred from coaching WHITE PAGE 1 all the medicine is a pain in the neck. My brain is pretty sharp. I can remember stuff. Long-term memory is great but short-term memory is tough. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning but I can tell you what I had for breakfast 15 years ago on a certain date… The hard part is knowing that I am really not going to ever get better.” The disease has slurred White’s speech and slowed his ability to walk, so he now uses a walker and a cane to assist him in getting around, especially when preparing for practices. “From the waist down, I have a tough time walking,” White said. “Just getting around is a pain, especially getting up and down on that dock.” The dock that Temple uses to get to the river has a steep
downward slope. With the help of his walker, White takes precautions, walking slowly along the railing to get to the boat. “In fact, my walker, I gave one of the guys to put it on the sidewalk while I was on the river and he forgot to put the brakes on,” White said. “We were rowing down the river and at one point Fergal [Barry] said, ‘Coach, isn’t that your walker floating in the river?’” Before White was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the 6 a.m. practices were not as difficult as they are now. “I could get up at 5 a.m. and get out of the house by 5:15 a.m. and be [at the Schuylkill River] before the guys get here,” White said. “Now I have to get up at 4:15 a.m. It just takes me longer to do everything. It takes longer to get dressed, to get to my car
because I have to be careful. a boat and drive while I talk to Everything just takes longer, so the guys. I am still able to coach OK because of I add an extra that. I am a rowhalf an hour on ing geek. When I to everything am not coaching, that I do.” I am looking at “You have rowing K2 webto give him sites.” credit for getThroughting out here out his career, every day even White has made with his Parkinhis mark on the son’s,” senior sport. He has led Zephyr Dippel his crew teams said. “It has to to 20 Dad Vail be tough.” Regatta Varsity 8 Despite the Gavin White / coach titles, the nation’s many adjustments White largest collegiate has to make, he said he believes rowing competition. The team his Parkinson’s has not affected won a record 13 consecutive his coaching abilities. titles from 1989-2001. “My brain still operates After being diagnosed, fine,” White said. “That’s the White was not deterred – his thing about rowing. I can sit in team won the Dad Vail Regatta
remember what I had for breakfast today, but I can tell you what I had for breakfast 15 years ago on a certain date.
twice, in 2003 and 2004. Within his 34 years of coaching, White has enjoyed a wealth of achievements on the national and international stage. In 2000, White coached the men’s four in the Sydney Olympics. He is a fivetime coach for the U.S. national rowing team. He also coached the men’s four to a gold performance in the 2003 FISA World Rowing Championships. After 34 years at the helm of the crew program, White said he believes he can still contribute well into the future. “I can coach for 10 years,” White said. “I don’t feel sick. I have Parkinson’s, yeah, but other than the tremors, dyskinesia and the walking I feel fine. But at some point I have to weigh when [I’m] being selfish and what is in the best interest of these kids. I have to sit down
with my wife and see at what point I am no longer able to do a good job with these guys as I could be.” White’s accomplishments have stretched well across the Atlantic. “That was one of the reasons why I came to Temple,” Barry said. “My friends have gone here before and they were big advocates for Dr. White so that drove me to come here.” “I have always heard about coach White because one of my coaches at [Philadelphia University] went here,” Dippel said. “I am just proud to be a part of the history of coach White.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.
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Shipp providing Owls with an early boost at guard Owls’ 3-0 start. “[Shipp] is looking to attack on offense, she can be a pretty good defender, and she can go rebound,” coach Tonya Cardoza said before the regular season. “She is definitely a good pickup for us and we’re lucky to have her.” Since transferring from George Washington, Shipp has been an impact player for Temple, averaging 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in three contests this year. Shipp is also tied for the team-high in steals, recording eight. Shipp began the season with a career-high 18 points against La Salle, and she was recognized by the American Athletic Conference and the
Philadelphia Big 5 honor rolls. “I’m trying to put up double figures, trying to put up double doubles every game,” Shipp said. “I want this to be the best year of my college career.” But before her success with the Owls, Shipp’s four years with George Washington were filled with physical and personal hurdles. In the last three years, Shipp has undergone multiple operations, including arthroscopic surgery for an injured patella tendon, compartment syndrome surgery to repair severe shin splints and a surgery on a broken collarbone. In addition to her past ailments, while playing for George Washington, Shipp said the
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team camaraderie was very low due to its lack of success, and her designated role with a new coach hampered her effectiveness on the court. “It was a lot of craziness going on at GW,” Shipp said. “I decided if I wanted to play basketball, me being [there] this last year isn’t going to benefit me.” After being granted an extra year of eligibility due to her missing the 2010-11 season, Shipp decided a change of scenery was the best course of action. With the departure of former Owls’ forward Sally Kabengano during the offseason, an opening had been created on Temple’s roster. After con-
versations between both teams’ coaches, Shipp visited Temple and hasn’t looked back. “When Sally decided not to come back, [who] played 30 minutes for us, being able to get Shipp in replacing her was the best thing for us,” Cardoza said. Even though the Owls had a down year last season, the school’s history of competing in postseason play was a motivating factor for Shipp. Although she was expected to start upon her arrival at Temple, Shipp said she had fears about being able to mesh with her new teammates after her experience with George Washington. “At first I was so scared going to a new team,” Shipp said. “But the coaches are so cool and
outgoing and my teammates, too. They welcomed me and I fit right in. I think all of us get along with each other very well. At GW, we didn’t get along.” “At the end of the day, we’re here for basketball so we get it done,” Shipp added. “I’ve never been on a team that is so together. We’re trying to do something this year, trying to prove people wrong.” After the departure of Kabengano and the suspension of junior guard Rateska Brown, Shipp’s added veteran presence is an important asset for the Owls’ young roster. Initially, Shipp did not want to take a leadership role with Temple, but she said she has grown into her position and has high hopes for
her collegiate finale. “When I got here, the coaches pushed me to become that leader and I’m still working on it,” Shipp said. “It’s been good for me. It’s allowed me to grow up.” “I think our team can go to postseason play and go to the NCAA,” Shipp said. “I think we should be in competition for [the Big 5 title]. Of course we have [Connecticut] and Louisville at the top of the conference, but watching some of their game, they’re not the perfect team. It’s not like we can’t contend with those teams.” Brien Edwards can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @BErick1123.
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nior tight end Chris Parthemore “There’s really no way to gave Temple a lead. The two- describe it,” sophomore linepoint conversion was success- backer Tyler Matakevich said. ful, and the Owls were up 36-29. “Back-to-back weeks we were But the lead was short- right there with them. We could lived. have played with anybody. They UCF redshirt-junior quar- had some plays here and there, terback Blake Bortles quickly but physically we were there, drove the Knights downfield controlling the line of scrimin less than a minute. Three mage, breaking on balls, and we straight completions to junior just came up short. We have to wide receiver Rannell Hall – finish.” one for 20 yards, one 8-yarder After the game, Rhule said and one for 12 yards set up what he tried to be “real” with his was to follow. Bortles threw players. the ball deep into the end zone “My job in that room is to where junior wideout J.J. Wor- say that at some point you’re ton reached out and made an in- going to have to listen to what credible, one-handed catch for a you’re being told,” Rhule said. UCF touchdown. After the extra “I think we have enough playpoint, UCF had tied the game ers in there who are saying that. 36-36 with a minute remaining. You can tell because the guys After a quick three-and-out, that are doing what they’re told the Owls were forced to punt. are playing really well.” The Knights started with 19 sec“You can see we’re getting onds remaining when a 64-yard better, and we were close today pass from Bortles to Hall on the against the No. 15 team in the drive’s first play put UCF in po- country, and for most of the sition for a game-winning field game we were beating them,” goal. Shawn Moffitt made the Rhule added. “We’ll never win 23-yard kick as time expired. these kinds of games if we don’t The upset bid was denied, and have all 11 guys doing what the Owls fell to the Knights. they’re supposed to do at the “I told you guys I would end of the game.” try to make it exciting this year, Temple will wrap up its and we’ll try to get better, and home schedule on Saturday it certainly is exciting at the end against Connecticut, the only of these games,” Rhule said. “I other team that remains winless was hoping that we would come in conference play. The Huskies out on the winning end, so obvi- lost to UCF 62-17 earlier this ously I’m completeseason. ly disappointed. It’s Owls vs. UConn Although the just a shame how Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Owls are now lookthat game ended.” (ESPN3; WPHT-AM 1210) ing ahead to UConn, Walker’s 382 their most recent passing yards is the loss won’t be comthird highest total in program pletely forgotten anytime soon. history. He also used his legs, “As much as you try to keep rushing for 41 yards and one it out, it’s always in the back of touchdown. your head,” Matakevich said. “It was by far the toughest “We just have to keep fighting, one to take because we knew that’s the only thing. We can’t we had this game,” Walker said. dwell on it, that’s what the off“Going up against a ranked season is for. That’s going to be team, we felt as though we were our motivation: finishing.” better than them. We just came Avery Maehrer can be reached up short.” at firstname.lastname@example.org or on The Owls have now lost Twitter @AveryMaehrer. three straight games and have blown second-half leads in each one of them.
what doesn’t,” Briglia added. “Personally, I wasn’t the best at not cramming the night before, but I would get my work done on time and I knew if I had a NICK TRICOME game or had to travel that weekend, I would have to get it done The Temple News ahead of time.” Despite the challenges, BriWork in the morning, classes during the day and practice glia managed to excel on the field and in the classroom. afterward. She made the Atlantic 10 As a student-athlete, KaConference First Team three tie Briglia had years in a row to learn how to What’s Next? and did the deal with a hecsame for the tic schedule, but The second of a series examining life P r e s i d e n t ’s it helped in the after graduation for student-athletes. Honor Roll. long run. She was also “I didn’t love having a busy schedule, named to the Philadelphia Inbut looking back now, being quirer Academic All-Area Team that busy and that motivated and in her senior season. “She was excellent,” coach having something to do every day, it’s what I do now,” Briglia Amanda Janney said. “She came said. “It just became routine and from a good background in terms of her high school [Villa Maria you learn how to fit it in.” Briglia, a communications Academy], but she worked reand BTMM major, played for ally hard in the classroom, got the field hockey program from great grades and really excelled 2009 to 2012 and graduated in her communications major.” “It’s one reason why [the from Temple in August. She is now living in Brooklyn, N.Y., team] really respected Katie,” where she works as a reception- Janney added. “She made it ist and administrative assistant look easy. She always had a for video production company positive attitude. They knew she was working hard off the field 1st Ave Machine. “It’s a bit starting at the bot- to make sure she got everything tom and working my way up,” done.” However, she wasn’t alone. Briglia said. “But it’s very cool to see the marketing and adver- Briglia said having teammates tising side of video production who were going through the and how quick a pace that is. same thing helped her along the We’re always working on some- way. “Everybody helps each thing now, which is fun.” But after four years of other when you’re on the team,” learning how to balance classes, Briglia said. “Everybody has the all the time spent on the field and same schedule, so I’ll be writeven a job in Paley Library, Bri- ing a paper up late one night beglia said she was ready for life cause it’s due at 8 a.m. the next morning and we just got back after college. “It’s a huge time commit- from a game. Somebody else is ment and I think that’s what probably doing the same thing.” Briglia also has the support people kind of underestimate about student-athletes,” Briglia of the alumni. “I still stay in contact with said. “The time commitment is something that you have to work girls that I played with,” Briglia around and something that can said. “The Temple field hockey be difficult when you feel like alumni network is a very closeyou have a million things to do, knit group, and it’s comforting and on top of that you have to to know that if I ever needed physically and mentally per- something or if I saw that someone played field hockey at Temform.” “You see what the girls are ple, that I could go up to them doing in the classes above you, and talk to them and they’d be you learn from example and you willing to help me out and vice learn what works for you and versa.”
Former standout Owl is now living and working in Brooklyn.
Katie Briglia started in every game during her final three seasons with the field hockey team. Briglia now works for a video production company in New York. | TTN FILE PHOTO Before graduating, Briglia had an investigative reporting internship with NBC 10 during the Spring 2013 semester and an internship over the summer with Chernin Entertainment in Los Angeles. The internship was an experience Briglia said she believed helped her prepare for the real world. “There were a lot of things about college that I wasn’t ready to leave behind, but in a lot of ways I was very ready to move on from college,” Briglia said. “Going out to Los Angeles for the summer was actually a great transition.” “Although I was still enrolled in Temple and taking classes and doing an internship, I was working out there,” Briglia added. “It was a nice lead-in to working full-time and moving from school to the real world.” Coincidentally, Chernin was the production company that helped to get one of Bri-
glia’s favorite comedies, “New Girl,” on air. Briglia said it’s a show that resembles one she would like to work on someday. “I always loved watching comedies and sitcoms on TV,” Briglia said. “I would love to work in a field where I get to help create those comedies or help bring all the pieces together that go into making what you see on TV and what fans really enjoy.” “I think TV is something that everybody talks about,” Briglia added. “It’s a very common topic, and people enjoy it and get super invested in the characters. It’s something that I think would be very fun to be a part of and that I hope to do in the future.” Nick Tricome can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @itssnick215.
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It’s natural to expect some growing pains for such a young team. Dunphy, who has had five losing seasons since becoming a collegiate head coach in 1989, understands that. “We’re just not tough enough yet,” Dunphy said. “We’re gaining on that. I thought we did some decent things [against Towson], so I’m not overly disappointed in where we find ourselves. I’m encouraged where we find ourselves. Now the disappointment jumps in there with holding that lead.” Those mistakes will happen less often as the Owls gain
more experience. Last year, Will Cummings had to let Khalif Wyatt, Scootie Randall, Jake O’Brien and Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson get their shots. Now, the junior guard is the first option in the offense, averaging 17.7 points per game. One problem the Owls have been faced with is tiring down the stretch. Freshman forward Mark Williams appeared to be cramping up toward the end of the Penn game – his first collegiate game. Redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee played 33 minutes against Kent State, which ties for the fourth-most
single-game total in his career. Quenton DeCosey to be one of Lee said he didn’t think his play- the top scorers on the team and ing time was a problem. to eventually be the player who “I think defends one of Coach has done a Owls vs. Clemson the other team’s good job managtop scorers. De(in Charleston Classic) ing what we do,” Cosey played Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Lee said. “I just (ESPN3;WPHT-AM 1210) 195 minutes last think we have to year. While Debe more efficient Cosey said he is in how we score. We’re short “extremely comfortable” on the as far as depth, we’ll make no court, it’s unreasonable to exexcuses about that. We’re in pect him to immediately live up the game, so there were a lot of to those expectations. things that we could have capi“Dunphy is giving us a lot talized on that we didn’t.” of freedom [on offense],” DeBefore the season, Dunphy Cosey said. “He just expects us said he wanted sophomore guard to get stops on defense.”
The freedom is what DeCosey and others need to settle into their roles and play to their ability. Sophomore forward Daniel Dingle, who was expected to start at power forward before the season, has been bothered by a sprained foot. Sophomore center Devontae Watson has averaged 10 minutes a game, but both Dunphy and Lee said Watson will get more playing time when he’s ready. “We’ve just got to tighten our things up a little bit,” Dunphy said. “Take better shots. We’re still a work in progress.” Later in the season, Dingle
and Watson will get more minutes and DeCosey will have more time under his belt. Cummings will try to adjust to being one of the go-to guys. Pepper will look to turn his on-court confidence into results. All of those things could happen. They were never going to happen right away. Evan Cross can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EvanCross.
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McGonigle a ‘home gem’ to teams large, boldface font. Owl eyes were painted on the walls, work was done on the court to make it more like a basketball court during games and a large owl was painted on one of the corners of the court. No additions or renovations were made to the court’s seating accommodations. “It’s something that’s very noticeable what they’ve done in there,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “Just putting in the new floor, that’s going to be crazy because it was such an old floor. Now with the graphics on the court and the background, everybody that hasn’t been in there in a while, the thing they’ll notice is how great it looks. It catches your eye, and with us playing a lot of games there, it’s our opportunity to show it off and show off the commitment the university has behind us.” The home of Temple’s vol-
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leyball and women’s basketball teams, McGonigle Hall certainly offers more of an at-home feeling for its players with the recent changes, Williams said. “I definitely feel like it’s a home gem for women’s basketball now and also for volleyball, of course,” Williams said. “The new décor, all the designs and the little details that they put into the gym, it definitely makes us feel more comfortable. We always love playing in McGonigle and we feel it’ll draw more fans now.” Although the men’s team plays in the 10,200-seat Liacouras Center next door, McGonigle provides a smaller, louder environment that the women’s team said is better suited for the amount of fans that come to home games. “I like the feel of Liacouras just because it’s a real big arena,” sophomore guard Meghan
Roxas said. “The big Jumbotron is pretty sweet, but I like the fact that McGonigle fills up more than Liacouras does. It’s definitely louder in McGonigle because it’s a little more diluted.” “Playing in Liacouras, you get the video shots,” Williams said. “You get the hype video, the loud introduction and the big lights, so that’s the good thing about Liacouras Center. But our fans can’t fill up Liacouras Center, so we would much rather have our fans being comfortable and us being comfortable in McGonigle. McGonigle’s definitely my favorite place to play.” Particularly with the large owl eyes glaring at the court below, Cardoza said the renovations were made with the intimidation factor kept in mind. “They created [the owl eyes] to be intimidating,” Cardoza said. “And with the owl
on the court and the eyes and the background, it definitely screams Temple. Before the renovations, [McGonigle] was just OK, but now it’s something to be proud of and to show off. We’re really proud of what it looks like.” The court renovation came ahead of Temple’s first season in the American Athletic Conference. “The new decorations and the design now helps our mentality,” Williams said. “We want to be different this year, and having a different home gem and this team playing in it, it’s a good feeling. We feel like we can do a lot of good things this year, and with the fans that the new McGonigle will bring, it’ll definitely help us achieve that.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.
Kellar leads Owls in regionals at Lehigh Captain placed 42nd at the Mid-Atlantic championship. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News The date was Oct. 27, 2006. Will Kellar was a freshman running for West Chester Henderson High School when he first journeyed to Lehigh University’s 5K CROSS COUNTRY course. Since that day, the Temple cross country senior has returned to the Lehigh course time and time again throughout his high school and collegiate cross country careers. As he stood in Temple’s designated starting block staring out at the familiar course lying ahead just before the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship meet at Lehigh on Nov. 15 kicked off, Kellar knew this one would be his last. “It was a weird feeling,” Kellar said. “It’s a little surreal because I’ve been doing this forever. So coming to terms with that I won’t be doing it next year is a little weird. It definitely crossed my mind that this was my last big meet at Lehigh and it was a weird feeling.” Kellar paced the men’s squad just as he has all season with a 31-minute, 15-second finish on the 10K course, good
for a 42nd place finish. “Will did a really good job [Friday],” distance coach James Snyder said. “He was out there by himself, stuck himself out in the mix and he did what he had to do.” Temple last ran at Lehigh for the Paul Short Invitational on a steamy day in early October. With an additional five weeks of training and a 30-degree difference in temperature on his side, Kellar felt his individual performance surpassed that of his race at Paul Short. “It went way better,” Kellar said. “I was in way better shape and a lot stronger.” The senior said his hopes to earn All-Region honors were dashed when the front packs of the race didn’t drop back like he’d seen in years past. “Compared to last year, I was really surprised by the competition,” Kellar said. “I feel like Villanova and some Penn State guys were really coming out hard. I wasn’t expecting them to go out and race that hard in the beginning, so I kind of held back and was hoping I’d eventually catch some of the group and that they would die and they never did. I felt good, but it’s hard to beat guys who are breaking 30 [minutes] in the 10K.” The captain led a men’s squad that saw sophomores Ryan DeBarberie and Owen Glatts finish behind Kellar at
33:17 and 33:20, respectively. who he thought was the biggest Redshirt-sophomore Alex Ize- surprise of the men’s season. “[DeBarberie], no doubt wski and sophomore Will Maltin followed, while freshman about it,” Snyder said. “Ryan David Maldonado rounded out and Owen have a bright future. It’s just going to be a matter the squad. The regional meet marked of putting together the days, the first 10K race for much of weeks, months and years of unTemple’s men’s side, reflecting interrupted training. I’m excited of their exciteits team-wide ment, if that’s youth in a transi- ECAC/IC4A makes sense. tional season. Championships “We were Nov. 23 at Van Courtland They want to be good and they a pretty small Park (Bronx, N.Y.) want to be better, team this year,” and when you DeBarberie said. “There were only seven of us have that taken care of, everyand we had two freshmen. We thing else falls in place.” “I thought I’d be the fourth had a lot of inexperience, we only had one senior and one ju- or fifth guy [for us] coming into nior, and it was definitely a little the season,” DeBarberie said. different than last year with Kel- “But Glatts and I have gotten lar and [2012 alumnus] Travis better every week and we put Mahoney and some other lead- ourselves in pretty good positions this year.” ership guys that we had.” Although the Intercolle“This year it was a bunch of younger guys,” DeBarberie giate Association of Amateur added. “It was a little different Athletes of America Champiand I thought we challenged onship meet on Saturday marks hard and worked hard in prac- the Owls’ last scheduled competice. With time, we’ll see what tition of the cross country season, the team may opt to forgo we can do.” DeBarberie and Glatts both the meet and take advantage of stepped up as Temple’s No. 2 the extra time to rest up before and No. 3 runners for much of the indoor season. the season, helping supplement Kellar and DeBarberie said the loss of junior transfer Cullen the team will decide on its staDavis, who went to Pittsburgh, tus for the meet sometime this and senior Philip Fanz, who week. opted not to return to the team Andrew Parent can be reached for his senior season. at firstname.lastname@example.org or on After Friday’s match drew Twitter @daParent93. to a close, Snyder reflected on
Late-game defensive woes continue issue. During the two games against SMU and Rutgers, the Owls were outscored by a combined 65-28 in the second half. Rutgers scored a game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds left, and SMU reeled off 17 points in the final 10 minutes. “Guys are trying to make plays, that’s what you want to do,” sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “We’re fighting out there. We can hang with anybody. I don’t care what anybody says, this team is good. We are a good football team, but we’re just on the short end of the stick right now.” A lack of depth and talent in the secondary has made lategame situations more difficult for the Owls. “That’s my job in the offseason,” Rhule said. “We still have games to play, and we’re going to keep getting better, but the offseason is to find the athletes that can help us in those situations.” Defensive coordinator Phil Snow has been coaching football for more than 30 years. Snow said he realizes it isn’t just the players on the field.
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Temple’s defense had mixed results against Central Florida. The Owls came up strong on a goal-line stand, but gave up 10 points during the game’s final two minutes. | HUA ZONG TTN “I’ve been doing this a long time so I’m not frustrated, I’m disappointed,” Snow said. “I’m not disappointed in the players. I’m not finding a way for them to win, and that’s part of my job. We all have a responsibility, players and coaches. That’s how I tell the other coaches to look at it, because [the players] are a
reflection. They’re our DNA.” Improving the defense is among one of the many things that Temple will need to work on during its final two games against Connecticut and Memphis. “We’ve got a lot of guys that are getting better,” Snow said. “We’re addressing it. But
it’s hard to address in practice because it’s not the same thing. I just hope the last two games we continue to work.” Jeffrey Neiburg can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.
Sophomore Alyssa Drachslin and the Owls are attempting to make a run at the NCAA tournament. | HUA ZONG TTN
Players gearing up for final stretch
Temple’s 31. Sophomore libero Alyssa Drachslin said she was frustrated with that statistic. “That game, in general, was not a very good game for us,” Drachslin said. “So it just fuels DON MCDERMOTT our fire, for me especially, to The Temple News pick up the defense on our side Temple is heading into the and not let a ball drop.” “When we played them the final two weeks of its season first time, Central Florida played looking to finish strong and very well,” coach Bakeer Ganes make a push for an NCAA toursaid. “They did a good job exnament berth. ecuting. We, on the other hand, The Owls are sixth in their did a very poor job executing. conference, but two and a half So I’m hoping that we’re going games separate them from to do a better job and they’re Southern Methgoing to do a worse job. And if VOLLEYBALL odist for second that happens, I think we’ve got a place. On Fripretty good shot.” day, Temple will start the final In Temple’s loss to South stretch against a Rutgers team Florida, blocks were the most that is 0-14 in conference play significant factor. The Bulls and 4-24 overall before playmade four solo blocks, while ing Connecticut (12-17, 3-11 Temple made none. The Bulls American Athletic Conference) also had 15 assisted blocks on Sunday. to Temple’s 4. Otherwise, the “We just have to take care game was close, with all three of the games we know we can win,” junior middle blocker Jen- sets being decided by four nifer Iacobini said. “Rutgers and points or less. “We just have to work toUConn, we really have to take gether,” Matautia said. “As long care of them.” as we play well as a team and In a home match against really stick together, we can do Rutgers earlier this season, great things. Our team doesn’t the Owls defeated the Scarlet look stacked statistically per Knights 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25player; but altogether, as long as 23). Temple out-aced Rutgers everybody’s playing well, we’ll 9-2, with sophomore setter Sandra Sydlik leading the team with have a great shot.” “We need to really stay fofour straight aces at a key point cused in practices,” senior outin the first set. Sydlik finished side hitter Elyse Burkert said. with five aces. “And [make] sure we’re getting Temple also swept Conthe most out of them to prepare necticut at home, (25-12, 25-21, for the games. And then in game 27-25). Freshman middle blocktime, we just need to er Kirsten Overton have a lot of energy Owls at Rutgers had one of her best and confidence in Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. games of the season our ability, because against the Huskies, getting seven kills to only one we have put a lot of work into this and we are ready.” error. The chance to make the The most important games NCAA tournament is providing on the Owls’ radar, though, are motivation for the Owls. their home matchups with South “I think we’re all really Florida and Central Florida. well aware that we actually “[Against] UCF and SFU, have a very good shot at getwe lost last time,” Iacobini said, ting into the tournament this “So we’re looking for a little reyear,” freshman outside/rightvenge. We have to come in reside hitter Caroline Grattan ally strong and just prepare.” Although the Owls were said. “The motivation to win is swept by both Florida teams just a chance of us getting a spot earlier in the year, the players there. So pushing for these next are confident these upcoming four games, we all just kind of realize that we’re all definitely games will be different. “We will have our home talented enough to get there.” “Every time we play we court advantage,” senior rightwant to win,” Ganes said. “I side hitter Gabriella Matautia think we’ve got it in our own said. “I think just being more hand to finish either second or comfortable with the court maythird. As long as that’s possible be [will help]. When we were we want to try to achieve that. away, the other gym was really We want to get the maximum small, or they had home court out of this team and out of this advantage with people heckling season for all of us.” us, and it was dark. It’s just kind
The Owls have four matches remaining on their schedule.
of comfort in our area.” When the Owls played UCF, the Knights had 54 digs to
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
Secondary falters late against UCF
Owls need more time to improve
The Owls continue to surrender big plays in the final minutes. JEFFREY NEIBURG The Temple News It began less than two minutes into the season and hasn’t stopped since. Temple has given up 3,304 passing yards on the season, which is the most in program history – and the Owls still have two games left. When Central Florida junior quarterback Blake Bortles connected with junior wide receiver J.J. Worton FOOTBALL for the game-tying 30-yard touchdown with 1 minute and 6 seconds remaining, and then again with a 64-yard strike to junior wideout Rannell Hall to set up the game-winning field goal with 10 seconds to play, it was the culmination of the Owls’ two biggest issues – late game defense and defending the pass. “In my job, I always feel that I never want to say that we’re not talented enough,” coach Matt Rhule said. “I feel like I owe it to those kids to never say that. I just feel like, whether it’s them or the kids that we recruit, our job is to keep recruiting defensive playmakers. We haven’t had a lot of guys make a ton of plays on defense.” In the nine games Temple has lost this season, opponents have averaged 357.9 passing yards. On Saturday, Bortles collected 404 yards against the Temple defense. Two weeks ago, Southern Methodist quarterback Garrett Gilbert threw for 538 yards against the Owls. Temple has played three games since defeating Army, and had a lead or was tied in the fourth quarter of all three. For a team that opened the season with six consecutive losses, the Owls have shown steady improvement. But closing out opponents has been a continuing
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An improbable series of events ended the Owls’ hopes for an upset.
Redshirt-senior Abdul Smith crouches down and stares at the field after Central Florida’s Shawn Moffitt made a 23-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Knights a 39-36 victory as they remain undefeated in conference play. | HUA ZONG TTN
AVERY MAERHER Sports Editor
arlier this month, two days after the Owls lost a heartbreaker at Rutgers, coach Matt Rhule’s phone rang. It was Bill Cosby. “How are you doing?” Cosby asked the first-year coach. “I’m doing great,” Rhule replied. “No seriously, how are you doing?” Cosby said. “I’m doing great,” Rhule affirmed. “Well, what pill are you on?” Cosby inquired.
Rhule provided the standup comedian with a similar answer to what he’s been providing the public all season long. “I came here with a mission in mind – and that’s to build a championship-caliber program,” Rhule said. The building process remains a lengthy one, as proved by Temple’s 39-36 loss Saturday to No. 15 Central Florida – a defeat that, again, came in heartbreaking fashion during the final seconds of the game. The Owls battled the Knights throughout all four quarters, as there were 11 total lead changes. Freshman quarterback P.J. Walker threw for a career-high 382 yards and four touchdowns. Sophomore Robby
Anderson, who considered transferring in the summer before returning the week before the season opener at Notre Dame, collected 184 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Junior Kenny Harper tallied 77 rushing yards, as the running game stepped up during Temple’s final scoring drive. A goal-line stand by the defense during the third quarter followed with the Owls driving 99 yards for a touchdown. For all that went right for the Owls, plenty went wrong. With 2 minutes and 4 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, a 7-yard touchdown pass from Walker to se-
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Growing pains are to be expected with this young roster.
he men’s basketball team lost five seniors to graduation from last year’s team. Even so, a Fran Dunphy led team always has high expectations. This group was picked to finish fifth in the American MEN’S BASKETBALL Athletic Conference. However, for the first time in six years, the Owls have a losing record after three games. The cause is apparent: Temple is struggling in the waning minutes of games. In the season opener at the University of Pennsylvania, the Owls had built up a 15-point lead before letting the Evan Cross Q u a k ers come back and take the lead at one point. Temple won that game, but they’ve let eight and ninepoint leads slip away in losses to Kent State and Towson, respectively. “We panicked a little bit,” Dunphy said after the Towson game. “I don’t know that we’re ready yet to win this game on the road against this particular group who is very well-coached and has some senior leadership.” As has been repeated ad nauseam in the past few weeks, Temple is fielding an inexperienced team this season. Three players on the team played more than 200 minutes last year, and one of them – redshirt-senior guard Dalton Pepper – didn’t play in either of Temple’s NCAA tournament games.
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Shipp, refurbished court highlight home opening victory McGonigle Hall received a facelift before the season.
Fifth-year transfer has made an immediate impact. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News
ANDREW PARENT The Temple News
It didn’t take long, but ShiHeria Shipp has a team-made parody Twitter account, with the bio, “Eshtra Eshtra ... Read all about me!!” “It’s because of my accent,” Shipp said, laughing after being asked about the account’s origin. “ I ’ m f r o m WOMEN’S BASKETBALL North Carolina so I don’t articulate my words a lot. When I’m talking fast I say ‘eshtra.’ The stuff I say, they take it and run with it.” Shipp battled with several injuries and turmoil within her former team at George Washington. However, the fifth-year senior guard has found comfort in her first season with Temple, playing a significant role in the
Before a recent makeover in its appearance, Tyonna Williams thought McGonigle Hall looked old school. But during Saturday’s home opening 78-74 win against Auburn, the Owls were playing on a brand new court. “The changes are extremely big,” Williams said. “Not to say McGoWOMEN’S BASKETBALL nigle w a s boring, but the décor was an old-school type. Now I feel like the décor is more modern and its more of a new era, and you know with us moving into a new era and a new conference, our whole mindset has changed.” Some of the changes to the gym include a redone far wall that is now painted cherry red with “Temple” spelled out in a
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Fifth-year senior Shi-Heria Shipp dribbles through Auburn defenders during Temple’s home opening victory on Saturday. Shipp is in her first season with the Owls after transferring from George Washington. | HUA ZONG TTN
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Issue for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013.