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Questions on security after robbery in hall University to implement changes in building security after a professor was assaulted. EDWARD BARRENECHEA CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News

S In season opener, a Big 5 battle Sophomore Quenton DeCosey (middle) drives past University of Pennsylvania defenders during the men’s basketball team’s 78-73 win in the season opener at The Palestra on Nov. 9. The Owls have begun the season 1-1. PAGE 22 | HUA ZONG TTN

Body of N.J. man found in garage

Life, no longer a game For a former runner, an urban environment facilitated transition. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News

Family reported Temple employee as missing.

After spending his collegiate years – and then some – in the city, 2012 alumnus Ben Thomas is living in the sticks. A native of Hanover, Pa., the former Owl cross country and track & field runner is back at school, this time at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va., taking JOHN MORITZ What’s Next? part in a three-year doctoral physNews Editor The first of a series examining life after ical therapy program. Having grown up in a suburgraduation for student-athletes. The body of a Temple Uniban setting much like that of his versity Hospital pharmacist who current dwelling, Thomas said the move back to a small-town athad been missing and was be- mosphere after spending five years in North Philadelphia has been lieved to be suicidal was found significant. in a parking garage at the Health “It’s definitely slower,” Thomas said. “It’s a change of pace and Sciences Campus Friday morn- it’s definitely taken some getting used to. You can’t walk anywhere ing. here. [In Philadelphia] I would just walk and bike or take the subA statement released way everywhere and you didn’t need a car. I miss that. Like right NCAA President Mark through Temple’s Health Sys- now, I’m at the grocery store and it took 15 minutes to drive here.” Emmert.| EDWARD tem confirmed that Robin OutA positive? BARRENECHEA TTN ten, 54, of Woodbury, N.J., was “People are friendly here,” Thomas said. “You know, it’s the an employee of Temple Hospi- South.” INSIDE - Emmert’s visit tal. Thomas’ story is similar to many graduates who competed in President Mark Emmert gave a talk to “We’re very saddened by collegiate athletics – his four-year degree didn’t land him the job he student-athletes last week discussing GARAGE PAGE 3 issues of education. PAGE 3 THOMAS PAGE 19

ecurity policies at campus buildings are under review by the university after a professor was hospitalized with head injuries caused during a robbery inside his Anderson Hall office on Oct. 29. The suspect, Darryl Moon, 45, was arrested in North Philadelphia on Oct. 31 and charged with robbery and aggravated assault, among other offenses. In the aftermath of the incident, which occurred in a building with a security officer posed at the front entrance, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said changes within the academic buildings can be expected by next fall. “We are revisiting all of the buildings, Anderson and Glatfelter [halls] in particular,” Leone said. “I have extra security in there now. We are particu-

larly looking at those doors on the mezzanine level that a lot of folks like to use as an exit and then people piggyback in.” The suspect was recorded by video surveillance coming out of Anderson Hall through the mezzanine doors, however, because the area isn’t entirely within view of cameras, police have not determined how he gained entrance. Leone said in order to better police this area, the possibility of a one-exit, one-entrance policy could be initiated. Students said the doors on the mezzanine, which are locked from the outside, are often used by students leaving class and held open as a courtesy. Psychology junior Romalyn Cease expressed concern regarding the lack of security alongside the entrances through the mezzanine levels outside Anderson Hall. “Sometimes there were security guards stationed at the second floor, but they weren’t always watching the door,”


New conference, new home

The baseball team will play most of its 2014 home games at Campbell’s Field. | COURTESY JIM SOLOMON

Proposed green space for Penn’s Landing To help boost attendance, DRWC hopes to add a new home for baseball skybridge, parks to waterfront. ANDREW GRIFFIN The Temple News The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation plans to make Penn’s Landing unrecognizable. A proposal that would break ground at an unknown future date will create a concrete land bridge where a park will be installed. It will connect Old City to the waterfront in the hopes of making a greener public space in the same vein as the waterfront on the Schuylkill River. “There have been a number of proposals over the last couple of decades,” said Karen Thomp-

son, the planner and project Manager for the DRWC. “The master plan is to take the half cap that is now over Chestnut Street and extend it over Walnut Street to the waterfront.” The DRWC is a nonprofit organization created by Mayor

Nutter in 2009. While Nutter is responsible for its existence, the DRWC does not work for the city. The DRWC was birthed out of a specific vision for the Delaware Valley, to reconstruct the areas along the Delaware river from Allegheny Avenue to

A rendering of what Penn’s Landing would look like upon completion. | COURTESY KIERAN TIMBERLAKE/ BROOKLYN DIGITAL FOUNDRY

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Is the housing bubble real?

Developers and off-campus realtors say the opening of Morgan Hall has left a weakened market for student housing in North Philly. PAGE 2

Owl Stand Up Program

A new program under the Good Neighbor Initiative aims to educate dorm residents on community living. PAGE 2 OPINION - PAGES 4-5

Speak up, Financial Services

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Oregon Avenue. “We want to create a destination,” Thompson said. “There’s a handful of attractions there now, but we want to give people a reason to go there.” The DRWC is working on 10-15 percent of the land along the Delaware’s embankment, the rest being private property. While the Penn’s Laning plan is not in its final stages of design, Thompson said she believes the options are limitless. “It will extend Penn’s Landing back to the city. It’s public investment into a public space,” Thompson said. “Currently, there is not only a physical barrier, but a psychological barrier that I-95 creates between the waterfront and old city.” The re-development at


Team will play at Campbell’s Field in 2014. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor The baseball team will play 11 of its 12 home conference games this season at Campbell’s Field, the home of the Camden Riversharks, in Camden, N.J., athletic communications announced Friday, Nov. 8. Entering their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, the Owls will play in the 6,425 seat facility and is located directly past the Benjamin Franklin Bridge – a relatively short drive from Main Campus. Temple will play its


A Funeral for a Home

Tattooed workers seek acceptance

A project started in part by Temple Contemporary celebrates the history of Philadelphia row homes. PAGE 19

Though tattoos are growing in popularity, hesitancy to hire among employers remains. PAGE 9

Marching Band in Hollywood

Philly gets art gym

The Diamond Marching Band has a role in an upcoming Martin Scorsese film “The Wolf of Wall Street.” PAGE 7

Darla Jackson opens a gym that offers membership for artists to take advantage of workshops, equipment. PAGE 9

non-conference home games at the Ambler Sports Complex, where it has played on Skip Wilson Field for the past 10 seasons. “When I took the job, one of my goals was to get the program and to get the team away from Ambler and closer to campus,” fourth-year coach Ryan Wheeler said. “I started discussions with Camden myself, and [Athletic Director] Kevin Clark got on board and took the ball from there.” The problems associated with commuting to Ambler on a daily basis will be alleviated by the move for at least part of the



Women’s basketball wins opener

Rower battles back

After recovering from injuries resulting from a hit-and-run accident, Fergal Barry is a captain this season for crew. PAGE 22


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Police responded to the 1500 block of North 17th Street Thursday, Nov. 7, after residents reported multiple shots fired . There were no reported injuries. PAGE 6

A 19-year-old non-student was taken to Temple University Hospital after a shooting near the corner of Warnock and Norris streets northeast of campus Saturday night. PAGE 6


broadandcecil.temple-news.com TSG ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN WITH CSS Student Body President Darin Bartholomew announced a series of proposals, including changes to building safety and crime alerts, at the Nov. 11 general assemble meeting. ONLINE



Program to teach neighbor relations Owl Stand Up Program aims to ease community tensions through education. SARAI FLORES The Temple News

A construction entrance to Diamond Green Apartments, which has been able to fill 80 percent of its spaces after the opening of Morgan Hall this semester. Managers at Diamond Green and The Edge said they have felt the impact of the residence hall’s opening. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

Morgan slows off-campus housing After new dorm adds 1,275 beds, apartment complexes report lower leasing. PATRICIA MADEJ The Temple News


fter the opening of Morgan Hall increased bed space at on-campus housing more than 10 percent, developers and property owners of various off-campus housing facilities said the trickle down effects are noticeable, though manageable. Michael Scales, associate vice president for student affairs said the growth in on-

campus housing from Morgan Hall is part of ongoing efforts by the university to ease community tensions around Temple by keeping more students in university housing. “Any time we have students living on campus, there’s a positive effect on the community,” Scales said. Morgan Hall has a capacity to house 1,275 students. Scales said roughly 5,500 students live on campus and aside from a “few vacancies,” the newest residence hall is at its highest occupancy and filled its maximum about two months after on-campus housing opened for students. Recent estimates from university officials place the number of students living in off-

campus housing in the range of 7,000 to 10,000, a trend that has seen dramatic increases in the last 10 years. The rise in student rented properties has been met with a surge in new construction, both of dilapidated row houses and new apartment complexes aimed at luring student renters. “First and foremost, there’s a demand for on-campus housing,” Scales said. “We fill a concern that’s valued. We’re filling concerns from campus safety services to proximity, to resources.” Diamond Green Apartments, an off-campus student apartment complex with 92 units, is at 80 percent occupancy compared to 90 percent last year, Angie Rodriguez, the

property manager said. In an effort to attract students to the complex, which lies to the northeast of campus at 10th and Diamond streets, the owners offered incentives to renters including complete utility payment, free iPad minis and 10 free loads of laundry between the 2012 and 2013 leasing term. Kelsey Degnan, a senior media studies and production major, has a four-person unit but only lives with two other roommates due to a lack people to fill the extra spots. Degnan’s lived in the complex last year and continued her lease with Diamond Green out of convenience. She said the biggest concern is safety and sees it as a large deterrent for

students to lease with the complex, claiming her roommate’s car window was broken by a rock. “I don’t like it that much,” she said. “I would never really strongly suggest living here again. I don’t like the area. There’s a lot of people walking around that aren’t students. The rooms are really small and there’s just no space.” Diamond Green was completed in Summer 2012 and cost $20 million to build by Mosaic Development Partners and Orens Bros. Diamond Green has fully furnished apartments available for $650 a month. The cheapest option at Morgan Hall is a fiveperson, double room apartment


Students living in residence halls will be pledging responsibility this month as part of the five pillars of the Owl Stand Up Program directed by University Housing and Residential life. Created by Shondrika Merritt, the assistant director of Residential Life, the program aims to educate students living on campus about their responsibilities once they live in the surrounding community and how they can be good neighbors. The program stems from the Good Neighbor Initiative, which also focuses on improving relationships with residents. “You want to be able to take away what you learned from Temple besides what you learned in a classroom,” Merritt said. “‘What did you learn from living inside a residence hall?’ I want [students] to be able to say, ‘We learned that responsibility, integrity, respect, leadership and support is something that we gained from living there or something we strive to create in a residential community.’” With the student body increasing at record numbers – this year’s incoming class of nearly 7,100 is the largest in five years, according the university – the Owl Stand Up Program works to address issues students may face when they move off campus. Working closely with the Good Neighbor Initiative, the program aims to minimize local residents’ complaints


Honor code would oversee academics of why, they were questions of how,” Bartholomew said. “Whenever you do anything like this there’s always going to be some students here and there that question why we’re even doing it at all. Overwhelmingly MARCUS MCCARTHY the questions have been, ‘How Asst. News Editor would it be implemented? What would the rules be like?’ So I reAn honor code that would ally don’t think it’s seen negaexclusively address academic tively.” honesty and behavior is in the Implementing an honor beginning stages of discussion code at Temple would centralbetween Temple Student Gov- ize rules and regulations for ernment and the exclusively university. academic Discussion matters. started this seThese rules mester with a are briefly meeting of the mentioned ad hoc Academic in the StuIntegrity Comdent Code mittee and disof Conduct, cussion on the with cheattopic at a Facing and ulty Senate and plagiarism Council of Deans defined, as retreat. Darin well as a Peter Jones / vice provost of B a r t h o l o m e w, three-part undergraduate studies Temple’s student section on body president, also brought the classroom rules and academic idea up at the Oct. 28 TSG gen- dishonesty. eral assembly meeting, where Further academic rules vary students responded with mixed across colleges, degrees and feedback. graduate levels. Peter Jones, the “They weren’t questions vice provost of undergraduate

Student government discussing code with jurisdiction over academic honesty.

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that there is little difference – that the goals of an honor code could be met by a Student Code of Conduct.

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studies and a main proponent for instituting an honor code, said it isn’t necessary but has a place. “One could argue that there is little difference – that the goals of an honor code could be met by a Student Code of Conduct,” Jones said in an email. “In many institutions, the two are considered different in the respect that the honor code deals only with academic issues and the Student Code of Conduct extends to encompass on- and off-campus student behavior.” This move toward an honor code is in part an element of Temple’s efforts to increase national prestige. “This is something that the provost’s office brought up to us in a discussion,” Bartholomew said. “As we push towards the Top 100 in the country, we need to start looking at things that other schools in that Top 100 have.” Honor codes have been long standing in prestigious universities throughout the country. The honor system at Princeton University is entirely studentrun, down to the hearings for violations, with the ability to recommend a range of punish-


Food waste is piled along the collection line in the Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria. Sodexo has several initiatives to discourage students from wasting food.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

Waste a perennial problem at J&H Sodexo has several programs to reduce food waste. KALEY MALTZ The Temple News In an attempt to reduce food waste at the buffet-style Johnson & Hardwick cafeteria, Sodexo employees have implemented a number of systems to


discourage students from loading their plates with more food than they can handle. “Waste has always been an issue,” said Andrew Lebo, the area marketing coordinator for Sodexo and a Temple alumnus. “There will always be food waste, but we want to get it as low as possible.” One effort is the implementation of “Trayless Tuesday.” On these days, Sodexo removes trays to discourage food waste

that day. “We try to promote ‘Trayless Tuesday’ about once a semester,” Lebo said, adding that the policy was unlikely to be implemented on a long-term basis. “The way that J&H is set up, it’s not conducive to be absolutely trayless,” Lebo said. In 2011, Temple held the “Weigh Your Waste” event that





Few details released in developing NCAA president alternate to cancelled Spring Fling Mark Emmert Officials said events will serve as “alternative” to Spring Fling. JOHN MORITZ LOGAN BECK The Temple News Little information has been released about a possible alternative to Spring Fling that was promised by the university when officials cancelled the tradition, citing excessive drinking and poor class attendance. Temple Student Government, which will work along with Student Activities to come up with a program, held an open forum with students to discuss ideas for a replacement. “I am now reaching out to different leaders of various communities within the student body to hear their direct input,” Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said.

Chris Carey, the director of Student Activities for the university, said in an email that students “have the chance to contribute ideas at weekly meetings for Main Campus Program Board. The department has brainstormed ideas as well, and will be in touch with some other departments and students for ongoing feedback and planning.” Carey stressed that events decided upon by the university would be an “alternative” to the cancelled Spring Fling, rather than a replacement. “I think the most important thing is to ensure that any event or series of events does not negatively impact class attendance,” Bartholomew said. “Beyond the concerns about alcohol, there was a real legitimate concern about the academic impact of a day where classes are skipped and often cancelled.” In addition to TSG and Student Activities, MCPB, which oversees the planning for

events such as Homecoming, is expected to have a role in finding alternative activities. Talia Banks, the president of MCPB, said her organization has had minor discussions with Carey and the Student Activities office, but have yet to begin formal discussions over the planning for future events. Spring Fling 2014 was cancelled at the start of the semester following a review by university administrators prompted by President Theobald during the summer. “It’s kind of been hijacked by a group of people that make this into a bacchanal, a drinking fest,” Theobald said in August. “We’re not involved in that.” This year’s Spring Fling was marred by the death of 19-year-old West Chester University student Ali Fausnaught, who fell from the roof of an offcampus row house where she had been with Temple students. However, university officials denied that Fausnaught’s death led them to cancel the

event. Spring Fling was started more than 20 years ago when the university was by a large majority a commuter school for students to spend the day on Main Campus and visit tents advertising various student organizations. In recent years, officials said they had become concerned that the event acted more as a drinking holiday for students, many of whom now live in the blocks immediately surrounding Main Campus. While professors were encouraged to hold classes as scheduled, many students took the day as an opportunity to skip and take part in the festivities. Spring Fling was typically held on the third Wednesday in April. There is no word on when a possible alternative would be held. John Moritz and Logan Beck can be reached at news@temple-news.com.

Body of missing N.J. man found in garage after family reported victim was suicidal the circumstances of this event and we extend our sincerest condolences to Mr. Outten’s family and friends,” the statement read, “We are cooperating fully with the Philadelphia Police.” Outten was reported missing by his daughter on Sunday, Nov. 3 after he did not arrive for a planned visit. He had last been heard from on Nov. 1 by telephone, according to a press release by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Office has yet to release a cause of death. Calls to the office were not returned Monday, Nov. 11. Bernie Weisenfeld, a spokesman for the prosecu-


tor’s office, said Outten was divorced, had two daughters and lived alone in his home in Woodbury, N.J. Outten notified the hospital that he would not arrive for work from Friday, Nov 1 to Sunday, Nov. 3. Weisenfeld said Outten was found by Temple police inside his car in the parking garage. His car had last been recorded going over the Ben Franklin Bridge into Philadelphia around 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Weisenfeld said family told the police that they believed Outten to be suicidal when they reported him missing, though there were no details on what circumstances led to his death. A spokesperson for Tem-

ple Health Systems declined to comment further on the case. In November 2012, Temple police discovered a female student who had died of a selfinflicted gunshot wound inside her car in the Liacouras Parking Garage on Main Campus. Temple sent a TU Advisory to students and faculty after the 2012 incident, while no such notification was released in Friday’s incident. Students or faculty in need of counseling can contact Tuttleman Counseling Services at 215-204-7276. John Moritz can be reached at john.moritz@temple.edu or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.


CSS to revise building security by next fall SECURITY PAGE 1 Cease said. “They would see people go through the doors, but they didn’t seem to care.” Cease also said most students ignore the warning about letting people in through the second-floor doorways. Leone said changes to the entrance will be discussed by CSS, including a possible future setup similar to the TECH Center or Morgan Hall, where students would have to swipe their Temple IDs to enter. “Everything from policy

procedures to physical changes are all on the table,” Leone said, adding that work to achieve these modifications has already begun. “We have already had university locksmiths looking into the doors to see the best way that we can secure them,” Leone said. Dustin Som, a kinesiology senior, said he does not believe security has handled the issue at Anderson Hall properly. “Coming from North

Philly, I wasn’t surprised that an assault can happen,” Som said. “However, I don’t see them doing anything to prevent this from happening again.” Some students shared Som’s sentiments, fearing the worst-case scenario. “As a graduate student, I am mostly in school throughout the whole day,” Maryam Golalikhani, a fourth-year Ph.D Physics student, said. “You are always scared of being alone.” Still, Leone said any chang-

es are coming at a time when the campus crime rate dropped approximately 15 percent from 2012. “I could tell people till I am blue in the face that crime is down, but when something like this happens it doesn’t matter because people see what they see and feel what they feel,” Leone said. Cindy Stansbury and Edward Barrenechea can be reached at news@temple-news.com.

speaks on campus Mark Emmert discussed college athletics as part of a nationwide tour. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News During a day that included meetings with school district representatives, university leaders and student-athletes, NCAA President Mark Emmert visited Philadelphia and Main Campus last week to educate high school students on new eligibility requirements and to encourage students to put academics ahead of athletics. Emmert’s day in the city on Nov. 6 started with a meeting about educational preparedness with university leaders sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and was followed by meetings with community and religious leaders along with representatives from the school district to “talk about how we can reach young men and women to make sure they’re paying attention to their academics while getting ready for college.” “You’ve got to have your academic house in order, not just a good left hand and a jump shot,” Emmert said in an interview. “You’ve got to have English and math, too.” Students entering Division I athletics after Aug. 1, 2016 will face updated eligibility standards and Emmert said they are working to educate high school students on the rules. Emmert also held a “Student-Athlete Huddle” with 150 student-athletes in the Fox Gittis Room in the Liacouras Center. During the hour-long Qand-A session, Emmert addressed a wide-range of subjects. He most notably said there could be changes in the coming months to the rules that govern student-athletes. “The rules have become ridiculously complicated,” Emmert said. “They try to govern way too much in the lives of not just athletes, but the athletic departments and schools and conferences. Over the coming school year and into the summer you’ll see, I hope, some debate and hopefully some changes that’ll actually have an impact on your lives either next year or the year after.” Emmert added that in order to allow students to manage their schedules more efficiently to pursue part-time jobs and internships, the NCAA would consider policy changes. “That may require us to look at our rules and look at our policies and processes, and we’re happy to have our mem-

bership do that, I hope we can,” Emmert said. In an interview after the event, Emmert addressed issues facing Temple and the NCAA. When asked about the likelihood of the enactment of sexual assault policies from the NCAA, Emmert said the NCAA would not be implementing specific discipline policies, but he said those would be left to the universities. However, while the NCAA has not shown interest in implementing sexual assault policies, the association has looked to advise universities as they handle the issue. “So far, the members have not wanted to create specific national policies, but [rather] to provide support, encouragement and advice to campuses as they deal with these issues,” Emmert said. “It’s treated more as an educational issue and one of working with student-athletes, working with non-athletes, making sure they understand the causes and prevention of relationship violence. It’s a national plague that we all need to deal with.” Emmert also said the NCAA needs to do a better job at showing employers how student-athletes are valuable in the workplace. “Somebody who’s played soccer or softball at Temple, they not only have a great education, they know how to manage time, they know how to lead, they know to follow, they know how to be committed to teamwork,” Emmert said. “Those are skills that employers value greatly, but they may not know that that’s what it means to be a Division I athlete at a place like this. At the university level, the conference level and the national level, we need to tell the message more and more of the skills someone develops as an athlete.” When asked about his stance on changes to Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know law, Emmert said he didn’t know enough about the issue to comment. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Pennsylvania State University, there’s been an increased call to change the state-related universities’ – Lincoln University, Penn State, Temple and the University of Pittsburgh – standing with the state. The four universities are in the Right-to-Know law but are not considered state agencies. Sean Carlin can be reached at sean.carlin@temple.edu or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

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A sign warns students and faculty to show their Temple IDs inside Anderson Hall. Police are reviewing security policies in Anderson and other campus buildings after a professor was attacked and robbed. | JILLIAN HAMMER TTN

ments up to expulsion. However, a system similar to Princeton is not what Bartholomew said he envisions for an honor code. “I don’t see us going completely student-run, at least not yet,” Bartholomew said. “Students are involved in writing it, so you’re going to be able to very easily understand what it’s about.” The honor code at the University of Pennsylvania is a list of rules prohibiting cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, multiple submissions, misrepresentation of academic records, facilitating academic dishonesty and forcing an unfair academic advantage. Suspected violators to the code are subject to hearings by the university. Jones said the tentative

timeline for instituting an honor code at Temple is to have initial recommendations in Fall 2014. It is yet to be determined who would make the honor code rules. Bartholomew said he would like to see a board that student representatives serve on. Jones said he would like such a body to include representation from the provost’s office, college deans, faculty and students. Judging from student feedback, Bartholomew said the code should be reviewed either every year or every semester, possibly having all students signing off that they agree to adhere to it each time.

Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus. mccarthy@temple.edu or on Twitter @MarcusMcCarthy6.




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Honor code needs to carry weight

Student Government is While it outlines the disciplincoordinating with university ary process and the hearing sysofficials to intem, the actual stitute a student Disciplinary processes must p u n i s h m e n t s honor code that remain transparent under a that can be would be sepahanded down student honor code. rate from the by the universiStudent Code of ty are largely up Conduct, which governs most to the discretion of those decidaspects of student behavior. ing upon each individual case. The new honor code would deal The first order of busiwith academic honesty. ness for an honor code would Such a code would be de- be to spell out clear definiveloped and reviewed by some tions of terms like plagiarism, representatives of the student as agreed upon by both membody, as reported in “Honor bers of the faculty and student code may rule academics” on representatives. Then, to avoid page 2. the ambiguity that muddles the While attempting to add SCC system, violations must more student input to the regu- be investigated in an approved lation process is noble, both manner with possible sanctions TSG and the university need to spelled out beforehand, instead ensure that any honor code sys- of left to the discretion of a distem would be created with the ciplinary body that acts out of greatest possible transparency the public’s sight. to the student body. Student Body President The Student Code of Con- Darin Bartholomew said that duct system currently in place Temple’s honor code would is too broad in its definitions of likely be similar to that of the purely academic rules and regu- University of Pennsylvania’s, lations, inclusing those regard- in which the rules are decided ing offenses such as plagiarism upon by students but upheld by and cheating. the university. In any case, the As written, the Student honor code must be clear, conCode of Conduct also offers lit- sice and easily accessible to stutle in the way of a clear system dents. of punishment for violations.

Time will tell for PA ENGN project

Pennsylvania’s seven re- der to better create jobs and spur search institutions have part- creativity within Pennsylvania’s nered to form the Pennsylvania manufacturing industry. Engineering As colinitiative which leges that are The Pennsylvania aims to “reviEngineering coalition is constantly in talize Pennsyla commendable idea, but contention with vania manufaceach other for turing through lacking in concrete plans. funding, grants, science, entuition money gineering and innovation” by and many of the same prospecdirectly linking collegiate re- tive students, the seven member search, as well as students them- institutions deserve praise for selves, with the manufacturing reaching an agreement to help industry in the Keystone State. foster cooperative research and A letter titled “Made in job creation throughout PennPennsylvania” was written sylvania, especially at a time by the presidents of the seven when the state’s unemployment member schools and published rate – 7.7 percent according to on Oct. 1 on the PA ENGN web- the Bureau of Labor Statistics – site, and was subsequently re- sits above the national average. printed in the Inquirer on Nov. However, both the pub10. The letter, written in part by lished letter and the initiative’s President Neil Theobald, stated website are vague on details, that the seven member insti- and do not fully delineate the in tutions – Temple University, ways in which the project will Drexel University, the Pennsyl- bring the state’s education and vania State University, the Uni- manufacturing industries toversity of Pennsylvania, Lehigh gether. Of course, the project is University, Carnegie Mellon just beginning and the initiative University and the University may need some more time to of Pittsburgh – plan to “create take shape. Time will tell if any a statewide consortium for en- meaningful partnerships spring gineering and manufacturing from the PA ENGN coalition. research” in Pennsylvania in or-

CORRECTIONS An article that appeared in print on Nov. 5 titled, “Crime alerts must improve across nation,” misreported that Dean of Students Stephanie Ives is able to send out alerts over the TU Ready system. While she can be consulted in the process, she is not technically able to send alerts to the Temple community. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Joey Cranney at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.


Nov. 24, 1987: the men’s basketball team opens the 1987-88 season ranked first in the country. The Owls beat the University of Pennsylvania, 78-73, in the first game of the 2013-2014 season on Nov. 9.

Should Temple restrict tobacco? Restricting tobacco on Main Campus isn’t practical and may be dangerous.


ome students deal with the misfortune of getting smoke blown into their faces when walking down Liacouras Walk, entering dorm buildings or walking to class. For those nonKate Reilly s m o k i n g students, the idea of a smoking ban on campus may seem too good to be true, and some may even find it unrealistic. But the reality is that Temple is toying with the idea of making its campus smoke-free. Just how Temple would prevent students and faculty from smoking on campus has yet to be decided, but it seems as if colleges across the country are already taking part in the initiative. According to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights, there are at least 1,177 100 percent smokefree campuses, in the country. Of these, 792 are tobacco-free. Now, many of these campuses are small community colleges with little campus space, but the list includes the University of California, University of Arkansas and Quinnipiac University. Skepticism among Temple students about the changes is high, and many may wonder how the university can even pull this off. The fact that Temple is a public school and is an open campus makes the idea of enforcing a nonsmoking policy on school grounds unrealistic. “It would be nice if Temple

was tobacco-free, but we are in North Philly and Temple is an open campus,” freshman Leah O’Gorman said. “Do I enjoy when people smoke around me? No, but there is nothing we can do about it.” Babysitting students and faculty who are of the legal smoking age in Pennsylvania could be even harder. “I just don’t get how the school could ban something that can legally be bought by students at a convenience store right [near] campus,” freshman Emily Rothstein said. “If I’m legally allowed to smoke off campus, I should legally be able to smoke on campus,” freshman Will Morris said. The inconvenience for smokers is inevitable and would affect a smoker’s lifestyle if they live on campus. “[Nonsmokers seem] outnumbered and I don’t think it would pull through,” sophomore film major Maxwell Minka said. “I’d like to be able to smoke on campus.” Furthermore, banning smoking on campus may cause students to venture farther away from Main Campus to sneak tobacco. “I don’t want to have to walk to my house to smoke or go into the unsafe environment [around] Temple to smoke a cigarette,” Minka added. Whether Temple restricts tobacco on campus or not, it’s clear many students aren’t in favor of the ban. From the start, the plan seems inconvenient, dangerous and flawed.

A smoking ban would be a welcome improvement.


s Temple talks about possibly joining the country’s chain of smoke-free college campuses, hopeful nonsmokers can’t help but breathe a little easier. “I think they should join, and I’m really surprised Chelsea Ann that so Rovnan many young people these days still smoke,” said sophomore journalism major and nonsmoker Avory Brookins. “All the knowledge we have about how dangerous cigarettes are, yet people still turn to them. It’s just a terrible habit. Temple should definitely reinforce that this is a bad thing to do to yourself.” A study conducted at Missouri Western State University revealed that cravings caused by nicotine addiction often lead to a decrease in student productivity, making it difficult for some students to make it through a class without stepping out to smoke. The study showed that students who smoked had a tougher time avoiding this distraction when attending classes or doing homework, resulting in a lower GPA. Brookins and fellow sophomore journalism major Noe Garcia said smokers not only Kate Reilly can be reached at endanger their own health, but kathryn.reilly@temple.edu. the health of nonsmokers around them as well. “I think [a smoking ban] be awesome because not only

is it gross, but what about people who have asthma or something?” Garcia said. “It’s a really disgusting habit, and they just flick their cigarettes on the ground half the time and step on them, but that’s not good for the squirrels or any other animal, for that fact.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, secondhand smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, hundreds of which are toxic, while around 70 have been proven to cause cancer. Nonsmokers shouldn’t have to hold their breath or worry about their lungs being charred. It’s hard to walk anywhere on campus without getting smacked in the face by a cloud of cigarette smoke. On an average day, I probably come across at least 10 to 15 smokers. Not too long ago, I was walking to class and got caught behind a girl smoking. I made the mistake of inhaling as I tried desperately to move past her on Liacouras Walk. Designated smoking areas aren’t going to alleviate the health risks to nonsmokers either. Smokers would potentially be able to smoke walking to and from classes if smoking remained permitted. Nonsmokers constitute the majority, as 24.8 percent of America’s full-time college students aged 18 to 22 years old were smokers in 2010, according to Americans for Nonsmokers’ Rights. Becoming a smoke-free campus would be a healthier choice and a better move for the community as a whole. Chelsea Ann Rovnan can be reached at chelsea.ann.rovnan@temple.edu.




SFS fails to communicate Open records for state-relateds Temple’s Student Financial Services is inferior to that of Penn State and ASU.


tudent loans, in many ways, have become an epidemic. According to a report released in September by the U.S. Department of Education, the threeyear default rate has risen. Considering the lifelong implications of the costs students take on during these precious few years at Te m p l e , Dan Craig it would be fair to assume that Student Financial Services would do everything it can to make these years easier for students. Each of Temple’s roughly 39,000 students must deal with one of Temple’s five SFS offices at one point or another in his or her academic career. When class registration opens each semester, financial holds are often placed on student accounts, barring anyone that isn’t in “good financial standing” from registering for the following semester’s courses. However, multi-hour wait times and an apparent lack of basic communication have plagued Temple’s main SFS office in Conwell Hall for years, and when registration opened yet again on Oct. 23, seemingly

little had changed. Take Julianne Adamko, a senior advertising major, for example. She said she had a hectic experience when dealing with Student Financial services earlier this year when she was under financial review. “They told me the forms I had to get and once I sent them in, it wasn’t until I was [fully] moved in that my mom got a letter in the mail saying they needed a different document than what we handed in,” Adamko said. “Once my parents gave [them] that, they needed another form and it took them two months to even tell me what documents I really needed,” Adamko added. “That was once I called them and personally talked to the person working on my account.” Director of Student Financial Services Craig Fennell, who came in to the position in April 2012, said he recognizes these problems. “Financial aid is a partnership,” Fennell said. “When I think about communicating to students, I know we need to improve, and I think in some ways we have improved. I know there’s plenty of opportunity to improve – I do not argue that with anybody.” Fennell seems to have the direction to work out some of these kinks. That being said, a group is the sum of its parts, and hearing from senior speech, language and hearing science major Alexandria Mancini gives more perspective on where the headache comes from. “Every time I’ve ever had a

question, I’m either on hold for an hour plus or I have to go in, and there have been plenty of times when I’ve walked in and just seen a bunch of employees standing around and laughing and talking,” Mancini said. “Obviously this has negatively affected my ability to manage my financial aid because I can never get vital questions answered.” Now, you can’t make a complete judgment call on seeing employees socializing at work, as I’ve done plenty of sitting around at various jobs. But when you have such a negative reputation already, a student’s anecdote becomes, in some ways, an affirmation of larger issues. Chi Hwan Moon, a senior advertising and film major, has a similar story. “They send me notifications of changes and I rarely know what they truly mean,” Moon said. “There is no way to remotely get my financial issues together. When I call it takes forever, the machine hangs up sometimes. It’s so hard to reach them if I don’t go in person.” Fennell said he’s attempting to put plans in place to address some of these problems. “If we’re not communicating with students what they need to do, then they have to come in here,” Fennell said. “If we’re really effective behind the scenes they would have to spend less time having to call and come in, and that’s the ultimate goal.” It’s good to hear there is at least a plan of action for addressing these problems, and Fennell cautions that some of

these plans simply take time to implement. Fair enough, but for those further along in their education, especially graduating seniors, the clock is ticking. What’s more disheartening is hearing from Brendan Dooley, a senior political science and economics major at Pennsylvania State University, who also serves as the University Park Undergraduate Association vice president. Dooley said he’s never had any trouble with Penn State’s Office of Student Aid. “I’ve had my account put on hold by accident and it took less than a week to resolve,” Dooley said. “They’ve got an army of people up there who can sit down with you. With over 90,000 kids [including its many satellite campuses] they need to stay on top of their stuff.” Temple and Penn State are different schools. Yet, since both are relatively large staterelated institutions, it makes you wonder why students see these types of problems here. Fennell said at his previous position at Arizona State University, a school with more than 79,000 students, they were able to get waiting lines at the financial aid office down from two hours to 10 minutes. Fennell’s track record should provide a glimmer of hope to students waiting for improvement from Temple’s SFS. At Temple, some students have been fighting through these issues for years. Things need to change, and for many they need to change quickly.


he Mark Emmert Hypocrisy Tour made a pit stop at Temple on Wednesday. On Nov. 8, the National Collegiate Athletic Association hosted one of its many “Huddle[s] with NCAA President Mark Emmert” at Temple’s own Liacouras Center, wherein Emmert gathered 150 studentathletes, to spout – rightfully – that studentathletes pay Jerry Iannelli must more attention to their grades, especially in light of increased eligibility standards set to take effect on Aug. 1, 2016. Among other things, the president reportedly discussed the NCAA’s ongoing legal battle over the use of player likenesses in video games, the morality of student-athlete merchandise sales and the fact that Division I athletes will most likely never see a direct cut of the billions they help bring the NCAA and its schools in television contract revenue each year. “Dr. Emmert’s visit to Philadelphia was at the invitation of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce to speak on the topic of college readiness and academic success,” Stacey Osburn, the director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said in an email. Osburn added that Emmert has held student-athlete “Huddles” at Whittier College, Old Dominion University and Marquette University, and that Emmert would spend some time at the University of Houston this week. Taken in a vacuum, Emmert should, of course, spend as much time speaking to his constituents as humanly pos-

sible. Emmert, 60, was selected to succeed the late Myles Brand by the NCAA’s Board of Directors in 2010 and controls the fate of roughly 1,100 athletic departments nationwide. However, Mark Emmert is potentially the most despised man in sports right now, and for good reason. Emmert has the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously the unluckiest and most ineffective man to ever lead the NCAA. Unlike Brand, who has been retroactively lauded for strengthening the association’s academic standards and cracking down on racially insensitive mascots, Emmert ascended to the presidency a mere 10 months before being rocked by the worst series of scandals in NCAA history. Depending on who you ask, he’s been both far too lax and way too harsh on Pennsylvania State University’s football team after allegations broke in 2011 that former defensive co-


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ordinator Jerry Sandusky had been using his position to systematically rape young boys in on-campus showers for a decade and a half. Emmert and his team fined the university $60 million, cut many of the university’s available scholarships and banned the Nittany Lions from postseason play for four years. After receiving massive blowback from both Penn State fans and the national media – an online ESPN poll in July found that 63 percent of the poll’s 30,000 responders were in favor of lightening or lifting the sanctions – Emmert waffled, agreeing to restore many of the university’s scholarships and to potentially lift the Nittany Lions’ postseason ban. Emmert has also overseen a botched investigation of the University of Miami’s football team, wherein evidence that the university had given players millions in illegal benefits was illegally obtained, as well as the suspension of multiple high-level players for potentially violating the NCAA’s ludicrously strict policy that bars student-athlete from receiving any sort of outside compensation or gifts for their onfield performance. This week alone, Emmert’s NCAA reinstated Colgate University freshman Nathan Harries after vacating his eligibility for allegedly playing against middleaged men in three church l e a g u e basketball games, according to Salt Lake City’s Deseret News. Moreover, Emmert and his cohorts are being sued for allowing video game publisher EA Sports to use player


hough a broader interpretation of Pennsylvania’s Right-toKnow law may create more paperwork for university administration, taxpayers have a right to know where their money is going. At an Oct. 21 hearing, Pennsylvania’s four state-related Joe Brandt i n s t i t u tions testified before the Senate’s State Government Committee in Harrisburg to argue against a broader interpretation of the Right-to-Know law, which establishes open records for most of the state institutions. The state-relateds – Temple, Pennsylvania State University, Lincoln University and the University of Pittsburgh – are only required to file a yearly report that denotes “the salaries of their officers and directors and the highest 25 salaries paid to employees of the institution,” state Rep. Kerry Benninghoff noted in a memorandum outlining his desire to broaden the scope of the Right-to-Know law. State politicians, such as Benninghoff, would like to see more Dan Craig can be reached at daniel.craig@temple.edu. information available from the state-related universities than the current minimum. According to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, likenesses in video games while “every record flatly refusing to let any NCAA of [a state-fundstudent-athletes see a cut of ed entity] is the profits. According to NBC presumed to be Sports, a federal judge cleared public.” Adding the suit on Nov. 8, allowing it to to that, it states move forward in federal court. that an agency This is the man that spoke “bears burden to Temple’s student-athletes on to prove” if a record should Nov. 6. not be public. State-related inEmmert took the time on stitutions like Temple exist in Wednesday to remind Division a “gray area” between public I athletes that they aren’t going funding and private control. to be paid for their services any Those in favor of broadentime soon, despite making $1.7 ing the law, particularly Arthur million himself in 2011 off of Hochner, president of Temple the backs of the very players he Association of University Prorefuses to pay. According to the fessionals, argue that there Chronicle of Higher Education, ought to be as much transparthe NCAA signed a 14-year, ency as possible since there is $10.8 billion TV contract with precedent that publicly funded CBS and Turner Broadcasting institutions are accessible to the System in April 2010 to show- public. case basketball alone. Temple’s “Indiana University, where own American Athletic Confer- President Theobald comes from, ence has a television deal with is covered by Indiana’s Access ESPN through 2020. to Public Records Act,” Hochner For comparison purposes, said in an email. “Complying the NHL’s latest 10-year TV with [Right-to-Know] requests deal with NBC Sports totaled is seen in PA’s 14 state univera scant $2 billion according sities [in the Pennsylvania State to USA Today, and that’s for System of Higher Education].” an organization that pays the Transparency among uniemployees it concusses. Since versities is not uncommon, as 2010, Emmert has remained Hochner said, but for these steadfast in his belief that state-related universities, poliplayers are compensated well cies have been opaque. enough in scholarship money, The way the state-related despite the fact that the prac- institutions argue against fuller tice is more akin to Microsoft inclusion in the Right-to-Know hypothetically paying its em- law is that they are special inployees in stock options than it stitutions which, due to their is a benevolent charity giving service to the Commonwealth back to its community. The Na- of Pennsylvania, should not be tional College Players Associa- bogged down by transparency tion maintains that FBS football laws to which state agencies players and Division I men’s are subject. A 2011 Penn State basketball players lose an aver- report titled “Moving the Comage of $456,612 and $1,063,307 monwealth Forward” notes that per year, respectively. the state-related institutions are So yes, Mark Emmert key players and “economic entechnically spoke to Temple’s gines” in their home communistudent-athletes on Wednesday. ties and the state. Temple, as Whether he was listening is an- “Moving the Commonwealth other story entirely. Forward” reports, “directly employs nearly 7,500 CommonJerry Iannelli can be reached wealth residents.” at jerryi@temple.edu or on In a joint testimony from Twitter @jerryiannelli. the hearing, the state-related universities wrote in a footnote that they “acknowledge that there are several instances

Emmert speaks, outlook bleak The NCAA president stopped by Main Campus last week.

State-related universities should adhere completely to the Right-to-Know law.


where state-related universities have certain benefits and obligations of public status, but believe that these do not result in them having the essential characteristics of a state agency for RTK purposes.” The footnote argued that since state-related universities are “nonprofit entities which serve the public good,” they are not state agencies and thus should not be subject to the Right-to-Know law. The problem is that definitions of “public good” can differ drastically. The Temple administration, as well as the administrations of the other state-related universities, sees public good as something that requires a degree of opacity. These institutions argue in the joint testimony that plenty of open records are already available, since the institutions must submit a detailed report to the Pennsylvania Auditor General, as well as information that must be disclosed to the Internal Revenue Service and other information that must be provided under the School Code. Representatives from Temple’s administration did not respond to requests seeking comment about the Right-toKnow law. “I suspect that one of the main reasons the university does not want to be covered by the RTK is simply the potential cost of compliance,” law professor Mark Rahdert said in an email. “It would be a costly and sensitive process to identify which records are subject to disclosure and which are not.” Temple keeps many records pertaining to students, faculty and even the hospital, and sorting through them would be time-consuming at best. However, this arduous process is precisely the nature of obtaining free information. According to Philly.com, prisoners have abused the law to harass people involved in their charges, and though the law may impose an increased “administrative workload” on the universities, there must be more accountability for taxpayer dollars. “Where do the athletic scholarships, special academic advising and athletes’ room and board get budgeted?” Hochner said. “You can’t tell from [the current information available to the public].” “Temple’s administration has had a decades-long habit of acting public when it benefits them, such as [when asking for] state funding and acting private when it benefits them, such as keeping tight control over information or having full autonomy over such decisions as tuition and fees,” Hochner added. Obviously no sole person, institution or interest group can define what public good really is. However, if Temple and the other state-relateds are going to claim to serve the public good, then denying taxpayers and students knowledge of where their taxes and tuition are going is an outright contradiction of that statement. Additional transparency for an institution that receives some public funding is not “public bad” unless the institution is less able to perform its function. Opacity in certain areas is not excusable just because more paperwork and money would be required in order to be transparent. If Temple is going to declare itself to be “Philadelphia’s public university,” then it should live up to that claim.

“If Temple is

going to declare itself to be ‘Philadelphia’s public university,’ then it should live up to that claim.

Joe Brandt can be reached at joseph.brandt@temple.edu.





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A shooting on the corner of Warnock and Norris streets northeast of campus left a 19-year-old man in critical condition at Temple University Hospital on Nov. 9. The man was shot in the back shortly before 11 p.m. and escaped to Percy Street where he called police, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Neither the victim nor the suspect are believed to have university ties. Temple issued an email alert at 12:16 a.m. and a follow-up email announcing an all-clear at 7:34 a.m. As of Monday night, no arrests have been made. -John Moritz

Pennsylvania State University recently approached former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with the offer to take overas the university’s new president, according to a report by the Inquirer. Rice, who served in George W. Bush’s administration and is a professor at Stanford, declined Penn State’s offer to succeed its current president, Rodney Erickson, who plans to leave at the end of June 2014. Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers told the AP that its partner search firm is “reaching out pretty broadly” for candidates. The university’s trustees called off a meeting last week, which was supposed to be held to vote on a new president.

-Marcus McCarthy

Students show IDs at the main entrance to Anderson Hall. Police say they don’t know how a non-student was able to enter the building in an assault and robbery on a professor on Oct. 29. | JILLIAN HAMMER TTN


Eric Fromm wrote an article in the school’s student newspaper to dispel rumors about his religion and asked for tolerance for his choice of faith. He said he was an atheist before coming to NCU and chose the school for its communications curriculum. The student body president of NorthFromm said he has gotten a lot of support from fellow stuwest Christian University publicly andents. nounced being an atheist last week and -Marcus McCarthy the school had no issue with it. Officials from the Christian-affiliated university in Eugene, Ore., said they have LAWYER SETS UP SCHOLARSHIP PAYING known about this for a while and respect STUDENTS NOT TO GO TO LAW SCHOOL his choice. Matthew Willens, a Chicago-based personal injury lawyer

and part-time law professor at Loyola University, established a scholarship urging prospective graduate students not to attend law school with a $1,000 payment for them to go into any other field instead, according to CBS Chicago. Called the Anything But Law School Graduate Scholarship, Willens said he isn’t “anti-law school,” but is concerned about over saturating the market. In the scholarship’s description, Willens explains that they “currently do not have enough jobs to be able to effectively train the current number of freshly minted lawyers in our profession.”

-Marcus McCarthy

SHOTS FIRED AT 17TH AND OXFORD STREETS Multiple shots were fired in broad daylight near the corner of 17th and Oxford streets on Thursday, Nov. 7. Police reported no injuries. Philadelphia police responded to the scene and shut down parts of the 1500 block of North 17th Street for about an hour after receiving reports of gunshots at 2:15 p.m. Residents on the block reported hearing between three and five shots coming from the street. -John Moritz

Lease sales slow after Morgan opens ‘Trayless Tuesdays’ aim to discourage wasting food at J&H cafeteria HOUSING PAGE 2

for $4,725 per semester. The Edge, an 800 unit facility, has seen a larger impact after the university decided against renewing its housing contract after opening Morgan Hall. The off-campus housing hall is at 63 to 75 percent occupancy as opposed to 93 percent occupancy last year, said Christina Knowles, director of sales and leasing. “Revenue has obviously decreased during this transitional year whilst the new product that is designed to appeal to non-freshman is introduced into the market,” Knowles said in an email. That new demographic, at least this year, is an appeal to international students, which account for 80 percent of residents Knowles said. “Students from overseas are a key market for the village,” Knowles said. “The location and facilities are very well-suited to their needs and expectations. The team works closely with the university to ensure the experience supports both their studies and cultural experience.” Yue Zhu, an accounting major and international student from China, moved into The Edge only one month ago. “Other places had no rooms,” Zhu said. “The Edge

had empty rooms.” The Edge has four-person suites available for $645 a month, with amenities included. University Village, owned by American Campus Communities, is at 100 percent occupancy, said Mathos Sokolo, residence life director and senior strategic communications major. In addition, Paseo Verde, operated by Altman Management Company, is still finishing construction, but is not concerned about business from the Temple community. “I think we have a different product,” said Donna Keegan, director of marketing and training for Altman Management Company. Paseo Verde offers apartments, not shared suites, and as a result, caters more towards families and graduate students. “We have graduate students looking for alternate housing,” she said. “That’s the niche that was serviced.” Keegan said though apartments are still under construction, there are 60 units available with 22 units filled, 16 by Temple students, with a majority being graduate students. The View at Montgomery, owned and under development by the Goldberg Group, is scheduled to open as a student

housing facility in Fall 2014. The property was purchased from the School District of Philadelphia for $10.75 million 2008. The 832-bed facility will begin leasing rooms in the spring. Beyond the large-scale apartment complexes popping up around campus, developers said the boom in housing has had a noticeable, but less profound effect on their real estate. Peter Crawford, president of Crawford Development Group, said he has reached 100 percent occupancy at his properties, but at a much slower rate this year. “I don’t think there’s a need for [more construction],” Crawford said. “But my vision for the Temple area is that they’ll house more undergrad students and that grad students will elect to stay in the area and a new breed of homeowner will move in the area. I hope that the apartments will be built and the area will flood.” Mitch Wolfson, operator of Willington Properties, said he’s also reached 100 percent occupancy for the year and doesn’t see much competition from oncampus housing. “I don’t think Morgan Hall has affected us,” he said. “There is a lot of building down at Temple. I think Morgan is a nice fa-

cility that will attract a certain niche of students.” Wolfson said he believes construction has not yet reached a limit due to a constant and changing market with different products available to students. Star Bocasan of TempleTown Realty said she has seen an effect from Morgan, but a minimal one. Bocasan said TempleTown has not yet reached its maximum occupancy rates as of this year, citing that now that there’s more on-campus housing available, it’s decreased the amount of applicants. However, there is a different product available. “With our properties, even with off campus housing it’s different,” she said. “There’s a feel and living style that dorms can’t offer.” Boscasan said she believes that the continual construction is positive. “It doesn’t mean there isn’t room for people to build stuff. There’s a lot of Temple students,” Boscasan said. “It’s great they’re trying to build community, as long as building is thoughtful and considerate of Temple, then it’s OK.” Patricia Madej can be reached at patricia.madej@temple.edu or on Twitter @patriciamadej.


aimed to raise awareness of how much food is wasted in one day at Temple. In one day, the amount of waste reached 953 pounds. The next year, the weight was slightly lower, hitting 922 pounds. Lebo said these numbers are “absolutely outrageous.” In an effort to reduce food waste, Sodexo has partnered with The Philadelphia Urban Creators. J&H sends waste from the dining halls to PUC to be composted. In addition, Temple student Nadia Ouazzi prompted a food donation program through a partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club. The organization comes by weekly to pick up food that has been untouched and saved by staff. Although this program has only been implemented in the food court in the Student Center and at the Diamond Club, Lebo said Sodexo hopes to expand the program to J&H and the new food courts in Morgan Hall. “It comes down to the students,” Lebo said. “How much food do they want to take? We

try to tell students that you can always go back for seconds. Their eyes are bigger than their stomachs.” Sophomore media & communications major Lindsey Adams said waste sometimes comes from more than students’ over-indulgence. “A lot of food is definitely wasted here,” Adams said. “I try to take what I need, what I end up throwing out is food that I didn’t like,” Adams said. Freshman Simon Mathews said waste “depends on the student. I usually have to go back for more.” Freshman Kyle Callahan said “Trayless Tuesday” could “reduce waste, but also piss a lot of people off.” Lebo said the burden of reducing waste lies with students working with their peers. “All of it comes back to education,” Lebo said. “We always try to get student-volunteers because when we have students educating students, it’s perceived a little differently.” Kaley Maltz can be reached at kaley.maltz@temple.edu.

New program aims to educate students in residence halls on community living as part of Good Neighbor Initiative STANDUP PAGE 2 about noise, trash, littering and vandalism by raising student awareness of their responsibility as neighbors. Caleb Hussack, a risk management major who lives on 7th and Diamond streets, said he does not believe the Owl Stand Up Program will be effective. “The area’s already trashed and littered,” Hussack said. “Look off campus and then look on campus – there’s definitely a difference between the maintenance. On campus, like White Hall, there’s people paid to clean up. There’s nobody paid to clean up [off campus].”

University officials estimate there are more than 7,000 students living off campus in the surrounding community. The rise of students living off campus has impacted the neighborhoods near Temple. Hunter Butler, a youth mentor who lives at on the 1800 block of North Bouvier Street, comes from a family that has lived in the community for more than 90 years. “The transition happened about seven or eight years ago,” Butler said. “This is when in your junior year you couldn’t live on campus anymore. You

had to move off campus, out of the dorms. Most of the original owners sold their houses and they sold them to people buying property for profit.” “In the beginning what happened was we felt disrespected because a lot of the students were partying with no respect for the original home owners,” Butler added. “And I’m pretty sure when they go home to mom’s house they don’t act like that.” Although exclusive to students living on campus, the Owl Stand Up Program will be marketing a campaign focused on

raising awareness on one of its five standards for a few months at a time during the year. The standards are themes created by students on Merritt’s committee. This month, the program is focusing on responsibility. Merritt, along with a committee of six students including resident assistants, will be attending university events to market their campaign. They will also be hosting activities in and out of residence halls centered on this month’s theme. “Respect is the one thing that we’re going to start with,

and we’re going to post it all throughout the community to say we all can, in our own different ways, embody the act of showing appreciation for people and community,” Merritt said. “We want our students to leave and go into the neighborhoods remembering and then leave Temple University representing it with these standards.” Part of the Owl Stand Up Program’s campaign includes Tshirts, banners, posters, bracelets and water bottles. These items will be handed out during activities in an effort to get the word out within the student


“I guess the [Owl Stand Up] Program can help everybody coexist,” said Griffin Morrow, a freshman sports and recreation management major who lives on the 1400 block of North 15th Street, said. Committee members from the Owl Stand Up Program will be working to get a website up this year and will continue to market its standards in residence halls. Sarai Flores can be reached at sarai.flores@temple.edu.

LIVING MONKEYING AROUND A senior anthropology major became captivated with the idea of sharing his passion for animals after his zoo internship. PAGE 8 TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2013


Tyler professor Pazia Mannella highlights the natural erosion of shorelines and the changing appearance of beaches over time in her exhibit, “Swell.” ONLINE.



“A Funeral for a Home” is a project created in part by Temple Contemporary, which aims to preserve the historical significance of row homes in Philadelphia. PAGE 18


Grant prepares for cross-country charitable bike ride One theater graduate will participate in a 4K journey to benefit cancer research. CHEYENNE SHAFFER Chief Copy Editor

Michael Grant has no bicycling experience. This summer, however, he’ll get more than enough practice as he rides 4,000 miles from Baltimore to San Francisco in 70 days as a part of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults’ 4K for Cancer program. After hearing about the trip from a friend, Grant, a theater major who graduated in May,

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said he was immediately drawn to the challenge. “People have said, ‘You’re crazy, why would you do this?’ but when I first learned about it, it was one of those things I [had] to do,” Grant said. “I don’t even own a bike, but I think that’s the best part about it. I love the sense of adventure of not knowing what you’re getting into.” Aside from a desire to travel, Grant’s motivation stems from his mother’s battle with cancer. When he was 13 years old, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She passed away shortly after he moved from his home in Valhalla, N.Y., to Philadelphia. “It was crazy because it was my first day of classes at

Temple,” Grant said. “It was a long fight with cancer, so it wasn’t a surprise, but it was really emotional. It was at the point where she was living in a hospice and there was nothing we could do, so I kind of knew that leaving for college was a final goodbye.” Before the ride, each participant must raise $4,500 for the Ulman Cancer Fund – Grant has pledged $6,000 and said he plans to utilize his fundraising page on the organization’s website and host events to raise money. On June 1, four different 4K for Cancer bike rides begin – while each one starts in Baltimore, the three other groups Grant has been preparing for his bike ride across the country, while fundraising for his pledged GRANT PAGE 18 financial contribution of $6,000. | LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN

Law prof confronts apathy

A fracking accident by XTO results in negative environmental effects.

Burton Caine sees inconsistent stances on First Amendment rights in students.


TO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of the gas giant Exxon Mobil Corp., has recently been fined $100,000 for criminal violations and is forced to clean up a 2010 wastewater spill caused by hydraulic fracking in Lycoming County, Pa. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s office announced Sept. 10 Toby Forstater that the Green Living company will be prosecuted. XTO is subject to three criminal counts under the Solid Waste Management Act and five counts of violating the Clean Streams Law. The Inquirer reported on Sept. 22 that Robert Marquardt, who lives in the Lycoming County area, said there has been “no lasting damage” from the 2010 spill of the Marcellus Shale wastewater at the well site on his cattle farm. Marquardt is not a geologist, hydrologist or an environmentalist. He is a farmer who leased out a huge plot of land for hydraulic fracturing. His land is also the site of a catastrophic wastewater leak, called “produced water” by frack-



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Members of the Diamond Marching Band appear in atrailer for the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The student musicians said costuming, rehearsing and filming took several days. | ERIC DAO TTN

Marching onto the big screen

Student musicians represented the marching band in a new Scorsese film. SHAYNA KLEINBERG The Temple News


he skills of the Diamond Marching Band caught the eye of movie producer Martin Scorsese, who directed “The Wolf of Wall Street,” soon to be released in theaters. Scorsese sought out the band to be featured in the film, in which they perform in their underwear. “This all was very exciting,” said Matthew Brunner, an

assistant professor at the Boyer College of Music and Dance and director of the Diamond Marching band. “It was one of those ‘someone who knew someone else who knew of us’ moments, and they passed our name along to the music coordinator.” Brunner said the opportunity for the Diamond Marching Band came as a surprise. “Out in Hollywood, the University of Southern California [Trojan] Marching Band is frequently asked to appear in movies because they are a great band and right there in Los Angeles,” Brunner said. “Since we are so close to New York, I was hoping in the future that would happen for us. I honestly didn’t

expect it to happen so soon.” The movie is based on Jordan Belfort’s autobiography about his life finding success on Wall Street, in which he recalls his rise to becoming a wealthy stockbroker, his involvement in illegal activities, corruption, fraud and his distasteful relationship with the federal government. The Diamond Marching Band appears alongside an Alist cast, including actors Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio. The film depicts the wild and unabashed lifestyle of successful Wall Street investors. “The movie is just as crazy as [Belfort’s] life was,” Brunner

said. “The book seemed to be a bit of a confessional about the wasteful spending of some guys on Wall Street and how those with money could get people to do anything.” Belfort illegally made billions of dollars on Wall Street. Because he had more money than he knew what to do with, he often hosted lavish parties involving drugs and prostitutes. The Diamond Marching Band’s appearance comes during a party thrown by Belfort. “That’s where our scene came from – people with money that could get others to do anything,” Brunner said. “Told to me by one of the assistant direc-


Burton Caine is known to the state and federal government as a troubleFACULTY maker, according to his FBI file – a photocopy of which sits on his office desk in the Klein Law Building on Main Campus. The law professor, who has taught full time at Temple since 1977, teaches the courses Constitutional Law and First Amendment. He’s taught in Israel, China and Japan, where he said he often makes comparisons to the constitutional laws of other countries. Sometimes, however, he said teaching American constitutional law is a matter of comparing the written system of law to the actions actually taken within the legal system. Caine is no stranger to being a controversial thinker. During the Vietnam War, he defended protestors and accused draft dodgers. In 1998, he defended a Nazi march in Philadelphia for the American Civil Liberties Union. “I talk about civil liberties and the guarantee of individual liberty,” Caine said. “Unfortunately, it’s often contrasted with what we actually do in the United States.” The state of law in America


Tyler class helps artists to market their work and build their résumé One class teaches art students skills such as business card making and résumé writing. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News Despite the milestone of graduating from the university, breaking into the job marINSIDE THE CLASSROOM ket is often a daunting task, particularly for students in artistic fields. Students in the Tyler School of Art have the opportunity to prepare for inevitable post-

graduation networking through Artist Career Workshop, a class taught by Jennifer McTague. The course helps students gather and showcase the skills they’ve developed in other classes such as printmaking and painting. The aspiring artists learn how to effectively present their work in the professional realm. McTague took the class during her undergraduate at Tyler when it was taught by John Dowell. “The course is designed to help give artists a professional edge for when they graduate,” McTague said. “While we go through steps that most Temple

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grads will have to deal with, like résumés and cover letters, we mostly focus on the career aspects unique to artists. The main project is a written proposal for students to get funding for their work or exhibition or artist residency.” Although Artist Career Workshop is a requirement for printmaking and visual studies majors, students from other disciplines also have access to the course. “We develop their artist statement,” McTague said. “We cover presenting their website in a professional matter, creating inventory of their artwork, determining how their taxes

vary since most artists act as independent contractors. The most important skill is learning how to sell their work, so you know the linguistics for once you graduate and handle your art out on your own.” Diane Cilino graduated from Tyler in 2011 with a BFA specializing in printmaking. While interning for six months at the Lower East Side Printshop in Manhattan, Cilino said her developed range of experience enabled her to procure various freelancing gigs. “Although I haven’t settled Jennifer McTague teaches students how to showcase their into a job position that I have artistic skills in an effective manner to enable their success in been wanting, I still apply the the professional world after graduation. | ERIC DAO TTN






Madeja embraces love of zoo as career inspiration An internship at the Philadelphia Zoo inspired one senior. KARLINA JONES The Temple News Michael Madeja, a senior biological anthropology major, doesn’t just go to the zoo to see exotic animals. It’s where he found his career aspirations. His interest in animals was sparked after writing a paper on primate violence for Anthropological Approach, which encouraged him to learn more about primates, Madeja said. The honors student then registered for an elective class called Primate Behaviors after switching his major from pre-med. “I really enjoyed everything about it, from the videos we got to watch to studying morphology, and even to studying the phylogeny,” Madeja said. “Primates can teach humans a lot, like medicine, evolution, natural history, conservation. Primates are really charismatic.” As part of the curriculum

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ing companies, referring to the myriad chemicals that contaminate it after the natural gas is acquired through fracking. The numerical evidence reported by the Inquirer is alarming: More than 50,000 gallons of toxic wastewater spilled. More than 3,000 tons of soil were excavated and removed. This is the first criminal fine after 4,400 environmental infractions, according to the PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, XTO discharged pollutants for 65 days. After an official from the Department of Environmental Protection discovered the leak on Nov. 16, 2010 the damage was already done. Public awareness of the spill hasn’t spread until this year, despite the damage that’s been present. Kane was heavily criticized for simply doing her job – by finding XTO guilty and bringing this to the public’s attention. It seems business people in the state are more concerned with the ability to make a profit than to preserve the environment. Gene Barr, the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry president, claimed that charging XTO has negative effects on potential local busi-

for Primate Behaviors, Madeja was required to complete several tasks at the Philadelphia Zoo, including observing animals. The class focused on the nature of primate families and behaviors, which could explain human behavior. Scott Kirkland, the class’ teaching assistant, said he noticed the particular interest Madeja took in Primate Behaviors. “He was always interested and engaged in what was happening during the labs,” Kirkland said. “With 70 students in a class, it can be difficult to stand out, but he did.” Recently, Madeja had an internship at the Philadelphia Zoo, which he learned about from a friend who had previously interned there. “I went to the expo and instantly fell in love,” Madeja said with a laugh. “One of the heads in the public programs department said a cheesy animal joke and I was hooked.” During his time at the zoo, Madeja said he felt at home as he developed relationships with the animals, interns and em-

nesses, as he told the Inquirer on Sept. 13. This statement should not come as a surprise, as he is a member of Gov. Tom Corbett’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. Neither Barr’s nor Marquardt’s claims have academic experience in environmental protection. Furthermore, there is a lack of ecological tests to disprove whether environmental harm was done to the area of the spill. Contrary to Barr’s statement, businesses should always be liable for their actions. For far too long, the American public has been forced to pay for cleanups despite minimal funding for the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, also known as the Superfund. Likewise, those who live near devastated areas are often burdened with cancer clusters and are sometimes even forced to relocate. “The criminal charges filed by the attorney general are unprecedented and an abuse of prosecutorial discretion,” XTO said in a news release on its website. “There was no intentional, reckless or negligent misconduct by XTO. The incident did not result in significant or lasting environmental harm.” Curiously, this statement implies nothing of serious impact occurred at all. We can in-

ployees. He said he knew he was in the right place by observing how passionate the workers are about their jobs and caring for the animals. “The Philadelphia Zoo is full of the most supportive, friendly, informed people,” Madeja said. “The supervisors and staff members are so full of passion for what they do that you can’t help but feel inspired.” Madeja spent at least three days a week at the internship. Alongside fellow interns, he spent most of his time with the goats in the KidZooU section but also cared for three baby Galapagos tortoises. He said after the experiences he had there, he believes he’ll have lasting relationships with both the interns and the animals. He described the animals as having individual personalities, recalling specific creatures he worked with. “I could tell you anecdotes about some, bare minimum facts about others, life stories for another couple and everything in between,” Madeja said. “All of them have their own personali-

ties and you feel like you get to know them.” As an avenue to channel his passion for animals and their histories, Madeja said he is interested in working at a museum after graduation. This career will allow him to teach people things about animals, natural history and conservation, knowledge of which he gained during his zoo internship, he said. His experience from the time he spent interning is something he said he would like to pass along. “The education aspect has always been in my life too, but I was just kind of afraid to approach it because of the formality,” Madeja said. After his interning experience, the intimidation factor is gone. Madeja said he plans to attend graduate school for museum studies with a concentration in education. “I found myself at the zoo and I haven’t looked back,” Madeja said. Karlina Jones can be reached at karlina.jones@temple.edu.

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Sculpting a new future for artists Darla Jackson started a gym built around creativity. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News Philadelphia has a gym that ditches the whey protein and bench presses for paint brushes and molding clay. Darla Jackson, a 2003 graduate of Moore College of Art and Design with a ART degree in fine arts, opened the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym last summer. The gym offers artists of any experience level to become a member, which gives access to wood and metal shops, molding, casting, welding, bookbinding and more. “The gym itself can also be very much geared towards peo- Casey Crawford works at Sketch Burger in Fishtown. She is also an aspiring tattoo artist and has apprenticed at several shops.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN ple who want to go in with no experience, but it’s also for people who can come in and use the jobs on their own and just want a space,” Jackson said. “We do as it is on the body of its owner. food seriously and we welcome plays a large role in the hiring 42 percent of managers agreed have a pretty wide range, people Tattoo owners are Phyllis Farquhar, the owner everyone.” process. their opinion of a potential emwho have been out of college a growing in numbers of Sketch Burger in Fishtown, According to statistics pub“Businesses word things ployee would be lowered by few years and are looking for created a restaurant where cre- lished by the American Medical very carefully,” Lawton said. visible body art. And according but still seek space to continue making what ativity is condoned. From the Association in 2012, the tattoo “They won’t come out and say, to The Patient’s Guide, a webthey used to do. We have mak- acceptance at work. walls to the arms of employ- industry generates $2.3 bil- ‘We won’t hire you because of site consisting of 25 publicaers of things, craft people who ees, the building is covered in lion annually and 21 percent of tattoos.’ In a conservative com- tions centering on skincare, the are making furniture; working BRIANNA SPAUSE unique artwork. Americans have tattoos. pany culture, businesses often tattoo removal industry has exon their homes, want to make The Temple News “I hire employees with Although many workplaces look for neat appearances – perienced a 32 percent increase shelves. People want movement, tattoos because I know our de- approve of tattoos, not all of the those who will not generate any in the past year. want to have their hands in sync n the past few decades, the mographic of customer, and business world is as accepting. concern.” “I definitely think [tattoos] to make things.” popularity of tattoos has we have tattooed customers,” Linda Lawton, the associStatistics compiled by Ca- affect your career path negaAfter graduating, Jackson become as permanent of a Farquhar said. “We’re a very ate director of the Career Cen- reerbuilder.com support Law- tively,” said Nicholas Eldering, GYM PAGE 10 presence in the workplace casual restaurant – we take our ter at Temple, said appearance ton’s claim. The website says TATTOOS PAGE 10

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Eagles not welcome in Philly bar Doobie’s won’t show Eagles games because of Vick’s history with dog fighting. SINEAD CUMMINGS The Temple News This corner bar won’t show Eagles games, but it has nothing to do with the team’s playing. Doobie’s on 22nd and Lombard streets refuses NIGHTLIFE to play the games because of Michael Vick’s previous involvement with dog fighting. Pat Brett, the owner of the bar, is an animal activist, and aside from not playing the Eagles in bar, she welcomes pets of all kinds into the establishment – from dogs and cats to even a fox. The Eagles ban has been implemented for years, but Brett has recently been gaining attention for her boycott, possibly because of how long it has lasted. Brett’s family has owned the neighborhood bar for 35 years and because of her love for animals, has used Doobie’s as a platform for commenting on animal rights. Brett said she has maintained a strong belief in refusing to support anyone involved with animal cruelty. She keeps a picture of Lucas, Vick’s prize dog fighter, behind the bar as a reminder of what she is protesting. “We actually bought that television when the Eagles were in the playoffs in 2007,” Brett



Nonprofit creates a biker-friendly future Neighborhood Bike Works aims to make Philly more bikeliterate. ALBERT HONG The Temple News Neighborhood Bike Works is a nonprofit focused on pedaling students further in a different way. The organization, started in 1999, encourages biking as an affordable, environmentally friendly and healthy method of transportation. The organization has two locations – its headquarters on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus and a North Philadelphia location at 1426 W. Susquehanna Ave. Both stores hold many weekly and monthly programs, such as adult bike repair classes, but the organization’s main focus is educating the youth of Philadelphia on cycling, espe-

cially the ones who can’t afford bikes or proper training. Mustafa Abdul-Rashid, the youth program coordinator of NBW, teaches Earn-A-Bike classes at the North Philly bike shop on Mondays and Wednesdays. His full-time job involves developing youth programs and working with a program director to continually improve the classes. “I’m really more into the kids learning social skills and problem solving,” AbdulRashid said. “A lot of our programs are designed where it combines a lot of different skills that you may not notice, but use every day.” Earn-A-Bike is one of three entry-level programs offered to children ages eight to 18, which offers both mechanical training and a chance to earn a free bike. Through 15 two-hour afterschool sessions spread throughout eight weeks, kids learn how


Philadelphia children gathered at Neighborhood Bike Works on Nov. 6 to learn how to repair bikes. Their service hours go towards getting their own bike. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN

Albert Hammond Jr. finds newest ‘challenge’ Four years sober, The Strokes guitarist has come back with a brand new EP. DAVID ZISSER The Temple News

Hammond Jr. performed at Johnny Brenda’s on Nov. 6 to promote his newest self-titled EP. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

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Albert Hammond Jr., the 33-year-old guitarist of The Strokes, has MUSIC recently taken up scuba diving. Attracted to the sensation of being underwater and the pains-

taking hours it takes to master, it’s an activity he became enamored with after first trying it while on vacation. It’s also a hobby that’s vastly different than how he used to spend his recreational time. In 2009, while in the midst of recording “Angles,” the fourth Strokes record, Hammond Jr. entered a rehab facility for a litany of drug issues, including but not limited to cocaine, heroin and ketamine. “When you first get out, you kind of stay in this stage of self-pity or you feel a lot of


guilt for the things that you did, and in that process you realize that you have time,” Hammond Jr. said. “So all of a sudden, you have this time when you’d normally be doing this stuff when your brain’s kinda coming back. So it’s fun for me, for my personality – it’s fun to find things that challenge me and new things that I can learn, and be good at.” Also, Hammond Jr. seems to relish the opportunity to slow things down a bit. “You know, you’re so used





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Penn’s Landing is also hoping to bring more economic activity to the city. By creating a destination, the DRWC expects greater business throughout Philadelphia. “In terms of economic development, this public investment will trigger private investment,” Thompson said. “It’s also a green space that creates room for concerts and festivals. This park will be a grand civic space.” The idea of green space is in part responsible for the creation of DRWC. The mayor’s office of sustainability implemented a plan called Greenworks Philadelphia, setting a goal to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the United States, through sustainability projects like those of the DRWC. “The new park is part of a commitment by the city to increase green space and trails all over the city,” Mark McDonald, Nutter’s press secretary, said in an email. “A number of investments have already been made and more are planned, all in an effort to make Philadelphia a place where people want to live, work and play.” “The plans for Penn’s Landing are in accordance with the mayor’s green initiatives,” Thompson said. “We are very interested in encouraging people not to use cars and to ride their bikes.” The details of the project have not yet reached their final stages. “I’m for the project at Penn’s Landing if it increases green space and access to bike trails,” said Will Scheirer, a freshman environmental studies major and member of the Sustainability LLC. “Overall, improving the quality of life in the city is vital to our community, but there has to be a balance with checking what’s best for the environment,” Julie Hancher from

Green Philly Blog said in an email. “I do know that green space is something that helps reduce crime, stress and help communities. Whenever there is a new construction in Philadelphia there should be choices that make the best environmental call for the location, whether that means using recycled materials, products that can be reused again or simply without chemicals during the production or installation of the construction.” So far, many residents have been vocal about DRWC’s projects. “There’s a lot of public engagement about what’s going on at the waterfront,” Thompson said. “The DRWC holds regular public meetings – people have been concerned for a long time about Penn’s Landing’s future. The [Central Delaware Advocacy Group] grades the DRWC each year. People are absolutely engaged and involved about what is going on, and we encourage their comments.” The CDAG is a volunteer organization that overlooks the “citywide visioning process,” according to the nonprofit’s website. The project seems to be in favor in the public’s opinion, even after considering more than just the environmental impacts. The construction site is adjacent to South Street and Old City. “We are a few years away from construction, but we would want to mitigate any effect on South Street,” Thompson said. McDonald said there will be an impact on the area but assured it’s for the best. “While any construction project presents challenges for the surrounding community, the end result is usually a substantial benefit for the rest of the city,” McDonald said. Andrew Griffin can be reached at andrew.baerd.griffin@temple.edu.

The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym offers memberships to artists and gives them access to various equipment and workshops, which include bookbinding, casting, molding and welding. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

Gym members lift brushes, not weights set out to find her spot in the art world but couldn’t find a space to work on projects. She found that every space she sought after ended up being too small and unable to fit all of her equipment or too expensive. More importantly, Jackson said she couldn’t afford all of the equipment she needed. Then the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant came along. After submitting a 150word proposal for a sculpture gym, Jackson was granted the award in 2011. The first step was finding a space, which ended up being right in her backyard. “I drove by it for years and years,” Jackson said. “Then I realized nothing was in there, called some people up and took a look. It was cold and dirty. There was dog poop, trash and


filth, but I knew this was the away, and the gym became a space right away. Everyone community building piece. thought I was crazy. It took “It’s just grown tremenmore work than I ever thought dously in the last few months, it would.” it really has,” said Kyle Keener, The work ended up pay- an employee at the gym. ing off. JackMemberson worked ship prices range alongside a from $25 to $225 team of vola month. Students unteers from are eligible for a March 2012 25 percent disuntil June count with a stu2013 when dent ID. she opened Thanks to the the PhiladelreDarla Jackson / owner community phia Sculpture sponse, Jackson Gym. The rehas cleaned up sponse, she said, was rewarding. the inside of her building and The space is similar to a the outside as well, with murals typical gym where people have painted by members of the gym. monthly memberships, but they Fixing the inside required can get personal training in spe- more than an artistic edge. cific areas of art. Jackson said Thanks to the crossover people came to sign up right that comes from practicing

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sculpting, Jackson said she’s done everything from putting up drywall to installing toilets. “I feel like I can fix almost anything within a safe and reasonable situation, use construction processes, drilling, cutting, nailing – it all crosses over,” Jackson said. Even though the gym is open to all ages, Jackson said she sees potential in students. “The arts have a huge place in this world, it’s definitely beneficial and valuable and worthwhile,” Jackson said. “In order to make it as an artist, you have to pay attention to how things are made and put something out there that is special and unique, and just really be true to yourself. That sounds a bit cheesy, but hey.” Chelsea Finn can be reached at chelsea.finn@temple.edu.

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a senior economics major. “I think most people look at them as a youthful, reckless consideration – somebody who doesn’t look very far into the future.” The aspect of tattoos that raise concern is rooted in the history of an America with a different culture. In the 1950s and ‘60s, tattoos gained popularity with groups like biker gangs, but also generated a negative connotation. This notion created a hurdle American society has not yet been able to clear – the unacceptable nature of visible tattoos in a professional environment. There is a large generational gap between the CEOs of companies, the hiring managers and the business professionals who hold onto the negative connotation of society’s tattooed past, and the members of the younger generation who view ink as an artistic expression. “The problem with tattoos is the generation shift,” said Alex Melonas, a political science professor and Ph.D. candidate at Temple who has visible tattoos. “At certain levels, it’s different. I don’t ever think that someone like the chair of a department would ever have a sleeve and show it.” Melonas is an example of how times have changed. Temple hired the longstanding professor with knowledge of his tattoos. “My ability to exist as a professional with tattoos is simply the nature of academia,” Melonas said. “This is one of the last places where you can have a little bit of freedom in your job – not a lot – but some.”

Lawton encourages students with tattoos to make a strategy to influence hiring decisions. “Get hired and become invaluable,” Lawton said. “Set precedents [as an employee with tattoos] so that those under you are open to new opportunities.” The possibility of obtaining a career with tattoos is not impossible – there are numerous opportunities for the inked population. The business world seems to have not yet made the shift but others have. Depending on the industry, having tattoos may even help with an individual’s career path. “My interaction with students has been possibly lubricated because my tattoos suggest I’m more approachable,” Melonas said. “They make me seem less standard, more interesting. However, as the authority I must be aware of credibility and not appear too approachable. In the back of my mind, the credibility factor is there, because we always have to perform within the standard of our career.” The growing trend of tattoos may keep big businesses at bay for now, but students have hope that the stigma will turn around in the future. “By the time that we all grow up, as you might say, I think a lot of us will be in power and in places where you wouldn’t expect people to be covered in tattooed at all,” said Mark Rossmair, senior information science and technology major. Brianna Spause can be reached at brianna.spause@temple.edu.

Artist Lorenzo Buffa developed a biodegradable wooden watch strap. ALEXIS RYAN The Temple News

A local artist sought out to make a watch that won’t exactly last forever. Two years ago, Lorenzo Buffa was about to graduate from the University of the Arts with a degree and an idea. For him to graduate, Buffa had to come up with a thesis project based on his major, industrial design. Buffa knew he wanted to work on something he would continue after school. His idea was to combine the elegance of watches with the raw material of wood, called the Carpenter Collection. “It was definitely a struggle,” Buffa said. “A year ago, January, I was working for a housecleaning company and I was the new guy, so I was the one on toilet duty. It was the worst. And my loans kicked in and I was just like, ‘Holy crap.’” With showings, interviews and public exposure, his idea became a reality, but it didn’t happen overnight. Buffa made a campaign on Kickstarter to see if his idea would be accepted by the public. His campaign started on Oct. 11 and ended Sunday. Buffa’s goal was to raise $10,000 to start the production of the watches. Not only did he meet his goal, he surpassed it six times over. Buffa said that without Kickstarter, he would not have had as much backing on the project – about 65 percent of the

people pledging to support his campaign with donations were from Kickstarter. “I’ll be honest, I had a bit of an idea that it would do well because I had two years to talk to people about this, to put the seed in everyone’s head,” Buffa said. Buffa said the campaign has been a project of “love and passion through experiment after experiment and trial and error.” The biodegradability of the watch was a coincidence. Buffa said he loves wood as a material and a natural product because it will eventually decompose. The concept of it being biodegradable also factors into his personal values. “We live in this world and our impact is huge,” Buffa said. He described the watch as being a “conversational piece” or “a little sculpture on your wrist.” As a creative individual, Buffa said he believes it is important to push material and to reinvent it. He said he wants people who wear the watch to be happy they are wearing a piece that looks different from the norm. Not only this, but they are also contributing to a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Buffa knew the popularity would take off, but he said he did not know it would reach so many different groups of people. “We hit the fashionista people, we hit the conscious people, first adopters and artsy-fartsy folks,” Buffa said. “It’s got kind of a wide niche.” Production of the watches will not start until late November. Besides launching the Car-

Creator of Analog Watch Co., Lorenzo Buffa, holds prototypes of his watch from the Carpenter Collection at his soon-to-be storefront in South Philly. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN penter Collection under his selffounded brand, Analog Watch Co., Buffa is looking toward the future. His next watch project will include another earthly element – stone. In the coming year, he is planning to collaborate with Trees for the Future, a nonprofit that helps organizations plant trees. For every wooden watch

sold, Analog Watch Co. will plant a tree. For the stone watches, Buffa will work with an organization that involves geology and renewable energy research. Buffa said he wants to build Analog Watch Co. around the philosophy of unique materials and partnerships. Alexis Ryan can be reached at alexis.ryan@temple.edu.




Strokes guitarist releases solo EP HAMMOND PAGE 9

to instant gratification when you’re doing drugs and when you stop the delay of it, it’s – doing stuff that takes time, like getting better at guitar. And you get a good feeling from it, and it takes time, it takes work.” Now four years sober, Hammond Jr. has pumped out a steady stream of new music. In addition to contributing to two Strokes releases, including “Comedown Machine” which was released earlier this year, he’s continued his solo career that began in 2006. His latest outing “AHJ,” an EP and the third record in the Albert Hammond Jr. catalogue was released via Cult Records, the label owned by friend and Strokes bandmate Julian Casablancas. “It really just felt like when we first met again,” Hammond Jr. said. “When I met him before

I joined the band we moved in is a challenge he said he faced together and lived together for with little apprehension. seven years. So we had this diaThe five song EP “AHJ” logue of just like roommates. So which was released on Oct. 8, being on his label kind of feels has had a heavily emphasis on like the same visuals. Thus way. And then far, he’s rethere’s exciteleased a pair of ment because music videos – we’re both doing one for album something new opener “St. that [can] fail Justice” and but can also sucone for “Carnal ceed.” Cruise.” The Rife with former is shot quirky, twinin his apartkling guitar ment and sees licks, Hammond Hammond Jr. Jr.’s solo project Albert Hammond Jr. / musician go through all retains all the the facets of a offbeat zaniness relationship, that he popularized with The including the breakup and a Strokes. Decidedly different hefty makeout session, in a from The Strokes, however, is brief three minutes and three the fact that he steps up to the seconds, while the latter, which mic and fronts the band. This was described by Hammond Jr.

“The only thing

I can attribute to being in this place is working hard on myself. And figuring things out.

as “trippy and nightmarishy,” features Hammond Jr. taking a stroll through the woods amidst an excessive haze of colored smoke. Also in the works are an additional two videos to be shot in Europe. Post rehab, Hammond Jr. had a brief lapse of creativity. However, he feels that he’s come back with fervor. Calling the recent material that he created with The Strokes, as well as for his latest record “AHJ” some of his best material he’s ever written, Hammond Jr. has found himself in a place of confidence. He largely attests this to coming out of the other side of an ugly struggle with drugs. “There was all this that happened, and I reached a point and then after a year or two of not really writing, different stuff started to come out, including cool stuff on both Strokes

records,” Hammond Jr. said. “And then I felt like it was my best stuff. The only thing I can attribute to being in this place is working hard on myself, and figuring things out.” But for Hammond Jr., drug addiction was more of a brief detour then a final destination. “It’s like an upside down pyramid; drugs are just the first thing,” Hammond Jr. said. “It’s not like it’s not important, but it’s very small compared to what you’re trying achieve later on. It’s the one step you have to do to start the other blocks, but it’s very tiny on the scope of things. Doing [drugs], that’s had some kind of effect. The girl you’re with, your friends, it all has an effect on you. And music is just a picture of that time or where you feel like you’re at.” David Zisser can be reached at zisserd@temple.edu.

Owner refuses to play Eagles games DOOBIE’S PAGE 9 said, pointing to a TV mounted in the corner behind the bar. “Haven’t played a game since 2009 when the Eagles hired Vick,” Brett added. “The day that I heard [it], I was in the car listening to KYW on my way to [Doobie’s]. I came in through the door and said, ‘The Eagles hired Vick, we’re not showing the games here anymore,’ and that’s how it started.” “In the beginning it was certainly odd to turn away customers who wanted to watch the game, but I think now everyone knows that we do it so we don’t get very many people who come in asking for Eagles games anymore,” Brett said. “Although this past Sunday [Nov.3], I actually turned away five people.” Brett, who has worked at the bar since she was 22, said she has been fortunate to have a supportive staff and that she often works Sundays when most Eagles games would be shown. Doobie’s is also known as a neighborhood bar, so many patrons are familiar with the ban on Eagles games. Running a bar has also given Brett a flexible schedule so she can extend her love for animals into animal rescue. “My husband and I have been doing [cat rescue] for 12

years,” Brett said. “Where I live we have a terrible stray problem, so we do TNR – trap, neuter and release – with the ferals, cats that can’t be placed into homes because they are too fearful of humans.” Brett even extends her rescue work into the bar. “The friendlys that we find in the neighborhood we get vetted and try to adopt out,” she said. “I was just talking to someone in the bar about adopting a kitty.” Brett has also done wildlife rescue with birds, raccoons, squirrels and geese. She doesn’t mind her passion for animals overlapping with her business, welcoming pets into the bar. “I’ve had a couple of my cats in here, coming in to say hi to employees,” Brett said. “People bring their dogs in on leashes. We actually have a fox that comes in, a little fennec fox – the smallest of the foxes. His name is Gonzo and he’s 8 years old, which is actually old for a fox. Often when he comes in he has to be held because he doesn’t like dogs.” Brett said she has always had a love for animals. “I was the little girl who used to bring every injured animal home to my mom,” she


Taking the groundwork of power violence forerunners such as Infest and Crossed Out and inserting a healthy portion of disdain for just about everything, Chicago heavy hitters Weekend Nachos has returned with a new LP entitled “Still.” Chock-full of blast beats and snotty declarations questioning punk credentials, Weekend Nachos has crafted an ill-tempered, lightning-fast record. Lending local support will be the West Philly fastcore quartet Congenital Death.


Fronted by Matt Pike of the legendary stoner metal band Sleep is far faster and grittier High on Fire. Equal parts psychedelic and heavy, High on Fire is what some can imagine a peyote trip sounds like. Joining it will be Finnish death rockers Kvelertak.

Pat Brett stands in front of a picture of Lucas, Michael Vick’s prize-fighting dog, which serves as a reminder to why she doesn’t support the Eagles. | NICKEE PLAKSEN TTN said. With a strong position on what she feels is right, Brett is unafraid to take a stand against anyone who is suspected of animal cruelty. “I don’t like what [the Eagles] did in hiring [Vick] right after he got out of prison,” Brett said. “I thought that was a little too quick for him to return. But there are some suspicions of an-

other Eagles player doing some [dog fighting], I don’t know for certain yet whether that is true, but if I find out that he is fighting then we still won’t be playing Eagles games here.” In June, Eagles player Bryce Brown had his pit bull and its seven puppies taken from a kennel after suspicion of involvement in dog fighting. The dogs have since been re-


Belfast, Ireland exports And So I Watch You From Afar turned and Brown has not been is a group worthy of patience. tied to involvement in any ille- Presenting a mathy, experimental take on post-rock often in gal dog fighting operations. Doobie’s plans on continu- seven-minute portions, And So ing to support animal rights I Watch You From Afar utilize while being a safe haven for all reverb-laden guitar leads and slow, brooding tempos to create pets. dense, audible landscapes, usuSinead Cummings ally without vocals. can be reached at – David Zisser sinead.cummings@temple.edu.

Miss Philadelphia focuses title on working with the blind Francesca Ruscio finishes her year with philanthropic work before stepping down. PATRICK MCCARTHY The Temple News Holding the gleaming crown in her hand, Miss Philadelphia Francesca Ruscio explained what her title actually represents. “Service, scholarship, style, success,” Ruscio said. “Those are the four points to the crown and service is my favorite aspect of this entire experience.” The sophomore was crowned Miss Philadelphia at the Prince Music Theater on March 2, running with a platform that aims to help raise awareness for retinal blindness. Ruscio teamed up with a mom of three children, two of which suffer from acute symptoms of blindness and are losing eyesight progressively. She said she praises the passion of the mother every time she speaks to a crowd, who is fighting for her children to do simple things, such as drive a car, catch a baseball or even see

their sister. “I’ll be working with that family, probably ‘til the day I die” Ruscio said. “I really believe in the mom, I believe in the cause. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday her sons can actually see her, can see me and carry on a normal life.” Ruscio said she felt inspired by their cause and used her networking to the family’s advantage to help promote their annual fundraiser that boasts nationwide donations in the hundreds of thousands to Fight for Sight. Working closely with the Miss Philadelphia organization, Ruscio set up a game show with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia over this past summer. Ruscio went to the hospital and appeared on every television in every room, answering questions for any child calling in. Later that day at the hospital, Ruscio met a young girl from the oncology unit who was a fan of Miss Philadelphia. Ruscio said she plans on visiting the young girl continually and is giving the crown to her at the end of her reign. “There are so many little

girls that look up to me – I’m their inspiration” Ruscio said. “These little kids fight for their lives every day, and I like to surround myself with good people, people who inspire me to live a happier life.” Giving and taking inspiration from the community are some of the morals instilled while working with the Miss Philadelphia organization. Kate Cohen, the current coexecutive director and former Miss Philadelphia, credits former director Kevin McAleese for revitalizing the organization and keeping their vision clear. McAleese passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a heritage of strong values, empowered women and a united community. “[McAleese] was a veteran and the heart of the organization,” Cohen said in an email. “The committee and former Miss Philadelphias worked together because we were determined to keep the pageant alive and thriving despite the loss of our dear friend and mentor.” Cohen hopes passing on this title will keep a stronger community while building stronger women. “We look to celebrate each woman’s unique, authentic self

and help her to achieve her goals, whatever they may be,” Cohen said. With a love for the city and the community, Ruscio said she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I don’t see how it would be plausible for me to gain and not give back,” Ruscio said. “The organization has done so much for me and I want to live out [McAleese’s] legacy.” Ruscio is studying broadcast journalism at Temple and hopes to be a meteorologist for a local news station. She has plans to stay involved with the community and the Miss Philadelphia organization for the rest of her life. Hoping to one day win Miss America, Ruscio said she wants to succeed not just for herself, but for her friends, her family and ultimately her city. Ruscio will finish her reign at the end of this year, but auditions for the next Miss Philadelphia will be held on Nov. 24. “Philly is a tough city to conquest in a funny way because it’s so diverse,” Ruscio said. “You really have to relate to all walks of life.” Patrick McCarthy can be reached at patrick.mccarthy@temple.edu.

Miss Philadelphia 2013 holds her crown, which she says she will donate to a child with cancer. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN



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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is hosting “The Surrealists: Works from the Collection,” from now until March. The exhibition showcases more than 50 surrealist artists who paired art with subconscious analysis. The art featured centers on dreams and fantasy. Many famous artworks of the movement will be on display. Tickets are $17.50 with a student ID and grant general admission to the museum as well as admission to the exhibition. – Sinead Cummings

Nonprofit supports community, green living to repair and maintain a bike as well as earn credits, or hours, through participation to eventually graduate and take home a bike of their own. Abdul-Rashid said Earn-A-Bike motivates kids to learn basic bike repair with a “little reward factor.” “You don’t get a bike for free,” Abdul-Rashid said. “Everybody that comes in must learn something.” Ride Club, a four-week program, teaches kids how to ride safely on busy streets. This involves teaching proper hand signals, what to wear to make themselves visible and how to deal with dangerous drivers. Being a nonprofit organization, NBW gets help from the many volunteers who come to help on a consistent basis, including students from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple. Abdul-Rashid got his start in the organization when he was in high school as a youth assistant in 2002. Charlie Alcorn, 23, started volunteering at classes such as Earn-ABike around February of this year. With an interest in teaching, he got in touch with a volunteer coordinator to get started helping. Now, he said, is his “teaching time.”


“It’s a lot of fun … because it’s not like a formal classroom setting,” Alcorn said. “It’s this space where everything’s hands-on and being after school, the kids are more energetic.” NBW also takes donations from the community in the form of used bikes, parts and accessories. It also accepts clothes that help with the hot and cold weathers that participants ride in during the monthly group rides. The next group ride is the Major Taylor Bike Ride on Nov. 30 near the Mann Center, which recognizes Major Taylor, a record-breaking African-American cyclist during the late 1800s to early 1900s. With Philadelphia children learned how to fix bicycles at Neighborhood Bike games and youth awards planned, Works on Nov. 6. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN NBW aims to provide a place that suits all kids. is why Abdul-Rashid does what he aging them, trying to embrace it.” “We create different outlets … does. If you are interested in learnand [it’s] where kids can be creative “The impact we try to have is to ing more about Neighborhood Bike and learn with their hands,” Abdulput kids on bikes, give them choices, Works, they will be presenting at the Rashid said. let them be independent and teach upcoming Fulfill: A Micro-Granting NBW has also partnered with its them some skills and safe riding Meal at Temple Contemporary on neighbor Tree House Books, a nonmethods,” Abdul-Rashid said. “If a Thursday, Nov.14. profit with an aim to help kids read person is active and learning and trywith afterschool programs. All this Albert Hong can be reached at ing to do something positive, I’m not effort toward creating opportunities albert.hong@temple.edu. turning them away – we’re encourfor youth to take part in something

Remembering Eddie Guerrero’s legacy The anniversary of the wrestler’s death still leaves a deep impact.


rudging into class for another unwanted eighthgrade Monday morning, I plopped my schoolbag on the floor as my buddy Dennis Brahma stung my soul. “Eddie Guerrero died.” I didn’t believe him, of course. It had to be some storyline. Maybe Guerrero will feud with Undertaker after “Survivor Series.” As I asked more people and read more websites throughout the day, my skepticism faded. I hadn’t John Corrigan started watchCheesesteaks and Chairshots ing sports entertainment until 2000, so I missed Brian Pillman and Owen Hart’s tragic deaths. With every teardrop on that evening’s “Raw,” I realized Guerrero was my first active pro wrestler death. It sucked. And it always will. I grew up idolizing these superheroes, rallying them to make the hot tag, climb over the steel cage or shake that arm before the ref drops it for the third time. Wrestlers endure unlimited abuse on a nightly basis – they’re not supposed to die. How can we escape reality if they do? Eight years later, it’s still unacceptable that Guerrero no longer shimmies down the ramp. Acute heart failure should have passed by a warrior who had already defeated his

substance abuse problems. In an industry sprawled with vices, Guerrero served as the beacon of hope – the personification of a successful 12Step program. Young grapplers could learn from his in-ring skills, and his peers could model his dedication toward achieving sobriety. Sharing similar religious beliefs as the born-again Christian, I can’t help but question why God would withdraw his best soldier from the battlefield at such a crucial time. I’m obviously not a relative of the Guerrero family, so my selfish grievances with his untimely passing pertain to the squared circle. However – any wrestling fan who had the privilege – and that’s not exaggerated, of living through Guerrero’s career feels like he or she lost a family member. Brahma, that same friend who broke the news to me, said he never felt the same about professional wrestling after Guerrero’s passing. “[Guerrero] had a personality that was larger than life,” Brahma said. “He had the charisma of The Rock, the in-ring ability of Kurt Angle and the attitude of Stone Cold [Steve Austin]. Maybe I was just young, but the way he performed just left you with the feeling that you really knew ‘Latino Heat,’ that you were part of La Familia.” As the youngest son of Gory Guerrero’s legendary clan, Eddie developed his high-flying, technical prowess in his backyard makeshift ring. Honing his craft across the globe, the ring general riled up crowds in Mexico as one half of The Pair of Terror with Art Barr and tore through the competition in Japan as Black Tiger II. In perhaps the greatest match

in Philadelphia history, Eddie Guerrero and Dean Malenko revolutionized Extreme Championship Wrestling with their two-out-of-three falls swan song. Establishing a mainstream presence in World Championship Wrestling, the Latino World Order leader helped define cruiserweight wrestling with classic bouts against Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Ultimo Dragon and his own nephew Chavo Guerrero. Guerrero’s WWE tenure will always be my favorite because his character was fun to watch. I’m sweating just typing about “Latino Heat” and his “mamacita” Chyna. My first notion of college stems from Guerrero earning his GED and celebrating by defending the European Championship in tuxedo pants and a bowtie. More importantly, my first notion of Playboy stems from Guerrero crashing Hugh Hefner’s mansion in a failed attempt to prevent Chyna’s photo shoot. Even when Chyna finally dumped Guerrero, he took it like a man by being caught in the shower with two of the Godfather’s Hoes. If you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. The breakup of my favorite couple led to the formation of the most entertaining tag team in WWE history: Los Guerreros. Tricking old ladies into throwing pool parties, kicking golf balls onto the green and stealing just about everybody’s wallets, Eddie and Chavo kept fans laughing in an era when wrestling comedy commonly drew crickets. As much as I appreciated Guerrero’s talent, I never expected him to rise above mid-card level. When he challenged Brock Lesnar for the WWE Championship at No Way Out

2004, I racked my brain for ways Lesnar could catch him with an F-5. But Guerrero countered that into a DDT onto the title belt. My eyes bulged. Ascending to the top rope, he exploded with a frog splash to slay the Beast Incarnate and become the WWE Champion. What a glorious moment that captures everything I love about professional wrestling. Thinking past that moment tarnishes the bliss. Considering how short his title reign was, and how he only lived for a few years after that match, evokes a bittersweet aura around that post-match jubilee among his fans. Eight years later and Guerrero still has them. We wonder how many five-star matches he would have wrestled against: CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio. We debate on how he would have adapted to the PG era. We think about how proud he must be of the captivating character his wife Vickie has become. Guerrero mastered the essence of professional wrestling: alluring spectators to suspend their disbelief and embrace the moment of his actions, his voracious battle cry and his devious smile. We can’t live in that moment anymore, but we cherish his memories. Viva la raza, Eddie. Lying, cheating and always stealing the show.

TRENDING IN PHILLY What people are talking about in Philly – from music events and restaurant openings. For breaking news and daily updates, follow The Temple News on Twitter @TheTempleNews.

GO POPCORN GETS NEW PHILLY LOCATION @PhillydotcomENT tweeted on Nov. 7 that Go Popcorn, a gourmet popcorn shop, has opened on South 12th Street. The popcorn is made from non-GMO corn grown on a farm in Lancaster, Pa. The shop has seven daily flavors with a special flavor of the week selected on Fridays.

COUNCILMAN KEENEY SUPPORTS SRIRACHA @NBCPhiladelphia tweeted on Nov. 5 that Philadelphia Councilman Jim Kenney would welcome Sriracha’s manufacturing plant “with open arms” into the city. The plant, located in California, has been getting public nuisance complaints due to the spicy odor it produces. Kenney wrote a letter to Huy Fong Foods, Inc. stating the company should consider Philadelphia if in need of relocation.

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OUT & ABOUT 50 YEARS OF PA. BALLET This season is the Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th anniversary. In order to celebrate the history and the future of the ballet, the choreography will have a mixture of traditional and new-age techniques. One of the traditional performances will be “The Nutcracker” by George Balanchine. The season will end with “The 50th Finale: The Ultimate Celebration.” Performances will be held at the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theater. - Chelsea Finn

GINGERBREAD AT LIBERTY PLACE In honor of the holiday season, the third annual Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display returned on Nov. 4. The display features 13 handcrafted houses, modeled after the historic homes in Fairmount Park, including Lemon Hill, Laurel Hill, Strawberry Mansion and the Please Touch Museum. The gingerbread houses, designed and created by a variety of Philadelphia pastry chefs, will be on display in the Rotunda of The Shops at Liberty Place until Nov. 22. The free display will run Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The historic homes are also available to tour and will be decorated for the holidays beginning Dec. 5. – Sarae Gdovin

BOARDWALK GETS REMODELED On Nov. 6, members of the Schuylkill Project and architectural firm Andropogon Associates, Ltd. presented proposals to expand the use of the Manayunk Canal boardwalk to local business owners and community members. Presently the boardwalk is used mostly for recreational exercise such as running, biking and walking. However, members of the Schuylkill Project hope to introduce additional recreational opportunities, possibly even retail space. Andropogon is working on another Manayunk project, the development of Venice Island. A storm water management tank, a playground and a performing arts center are being added. Venice Island will open sometime in 2014. Project members have already set up a timeframe for the project. A public presentation of the boardwalk will be held in January, where one of the proposals will be selected. In March, an estimation will be ready and the final project will be presented in April. –Samantha Tighe

“ELF” DEBUTS IN PHILLY The Walnut Street Theatre, located at 825 Walnut St., will ring in the holiday season with its new production of the Hollywood film “Elf.” The musical, directed by Marc Robin, will open Wednesday and run until Jan. 5. “Elf” received its Broadway debut in New York in 2010 after the movie starring Will Ferrell was released in 2003. The original script was written by Northeast Philadelphia native David Berenbaum, who attended George Washington High School during his time in the city. Tickets range from $14.25-$81.75 and can be purchased online at Ticketmaster.com or WalnutStreetTheatre.org. Tickets can also be purchased at Walnut Street Theatre’s box office or over the phone at 215-574-3550. – Patricia Madej

RENDELL SUPPORTS BULLET TRAIN PLAN @PhillyMag tweeted on Nov. 7 that former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is backing plans for a bullet train for Amtrak’s Northeast corridor. The train, which will travel on average at speeds of 300 mph, would make a trip from Philadelphia to New York City in an hour and from Philadelphia to Washington in about 45 minutes.

EXHIBIT DOCUMENTS LIVES OF ‘JUVENILES’ @CBSPhilly tweeted on Nov. 9 that InLiquid is holding an art exhibit documenting the lives of children across the United States in correctional facilities. The exhibit, called “Juveniles in Justice,” is a photography project completed by artists Richard Ross, Roberto Lugo and Mat Tomezsko and will run in Philly until Dec. 21.




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Practicality reigns in class for aspiring artists skills I’ve learned from [Artist Career Workshop] in promoting my work,” Cilino said. “I actually plan to go back to school for art therapy.” By creating business cards, building portfolios and writing grants – all activities of focus in Artist Career Workshop – Cilino said she fostered an entrepreneurial spirit to compete in the creative marketplace. “I learned not to be afraid to hype up your artwork for sales,” Cilino said. “I gained insight on how to survive as an artist in the economic world we live in. Most importantly, I learned not to push your lifestyle as an artist aside just to pay off your student loans while working an irrelevant job.” As the founder of the nonprofit Second State Press – a communal printing workshop intended to enable artists to do their work without overcharg-

ing – located inside the Crane Arts Building, McTague said she relies upon her social and professional network throughout Philadelphia to maintain relevancy in the ever-changing landscape. “Professional development isn’t a stagnant course, so it forces me to keep up to date with what’s the most current in the field,” McTague said. “When [Dowell] taught me, it was about how to get slides published and produced. Nowadays everything is digital.” Bonnie Kissinger, a senior printmaking major, said the Artist Career Workshop puts the entire Tyler curriculum into perspective. Success in the job market depends on willingness to accept personal challenges and improve weaknesses, she said. “I know that a lot of students in Tyler dread writing


assignments and the thought of being a business professional, but it’s something we all have to face,” Kissinger said. “As a senior, I know that a lot of the resources I have at my fingertips will be gone in a matter of months, so I want to be as prepared as possible when I graduate. I recommend this course to those who don’t like writing, because it forces you to overcome those obstacles with the help of someone who knows what they’re doing.” Considering Philadelphia’s vibrant arts scene, McTague said she realizes the significance of branching outside the classroom and allowing students to explore the cultural community. “We take lots of field trips to different artist studios and arts organizations for students to broaden their network,” McTague said. “I still follow the same avenues I encourage my

students to take, such as the Center for Emerging Visual Artists’ dialogue series where you can go and get professional development tips. It’s very inspiring for students to hear successful artist career stories.” Angela Wang, a senior visual studies major, said she believes the demanding workload will benefit her and her fellow classmates’ careers in the nottoo-distant future. “It’s a lot of work, on top of driving yourself crazy in the studio,” Wang said. “Hearing experiences and gaining advice from the speakers helps. While it is exhibition-heavy, I think this class also teaches practical skills, such as preparing for interviews and writing résumés that are useful for any kind of career in the future.” As a member of Tyler’s alumni board, McTague said she enjoys giving back to the in-

Business cards, résumés and cover letters are discussed in McTague’s Artists Career Workshop. | ERIC DAO TTN stitution that initially shaped her passion and skillset. “It’s an honor for me to be back at one of the best art schools around,” McTague said. “You have to do this work anyway once you graduate, so you might as well do it in a supportive environment where you’re

going to get a lot of critical feedback. Instead of a missed job opportunity, you will get a second chance to make an impression.” John Corrigan can be reached at john.corrigan@temple.edu.


Taking advantage Caine stresses freedom of speech of travel options a must while abroad Fall break in England is defined by traveling throughout Europe.


ecently, my study away professor took my peers and I to high tea at the Kensington Palace Orangery – just the relaxing trip I needed to prepare for an incredibly packed fall break schedule touring Europe. Christasia Wilson I ’ v e Across the heard of peoPond ple having an epiphany that they are adopted, but now I know it can truly happen. I had the experience firsthand during high tea when I realized my family really adopted me from London – I was in my element that day. OK, maybe that’s wishful thinking, but it certainly felt like it in the moment. High tea is usually an afternoon meal in Britain. It consists of cakes, small sandwiches, bread, butter and jam. Of course, the highlight of the menu is the tea. Everyone was dressed up and sipping on tea with their pinkies pointed skyward in the traditional fashion. I was hoping Prince William and Princess Kate would make an appearance, but little George is probably keeping them busy. After experiencing high tea, I had the opportunity to get out of England and go to mainland Europe for my fall break. The greatest thing about London is that I can be in another country in a few hours. In America, after one hour I’m still trying to drive through New Jersey. Planning fall break was no easy task, especially since I’m on an “I’m too broke and too cheap” budget. Fall break was the only week I didn’t have to think about classes or my internship. I had no worries – other than catching buses, trains and flights. In a moment of spontaneity, I decided to go to Italy by myself. After telling a friend, I got the typical response: “How long should I wait to take your clothes when you go missing in Italy?” Ironically, she said the same thing when I started ven-

turing off in Philadelphia alone. I come from a long line of people who get up and go places by themselves. I get it from my mom, who once went to Jamaica alone with no concrete plan other than to experience the country. So naturally, my thought process was along the lines of ‘What could go wrong?’ Full of excitement to go to Italy, I had a terrifying realization – all my photos would be selfies. Even though there’s nothing wrong with a selfie every now and then, going to Italy alone might get boring. Luckily, one of my friends agreed to go with me to Rome during the break. After we had that settled, the next step complicated our plans immensely. I pulled up the map of Europe on my laptop and played a game of chance. Wherever my finger landed was the next destination for the break. I asked my friend if she would meet me in Italy after she went to Switzerland and I went to Paris. You would think that after going to Rome and Bologna in Italy we’d be satisfied, but we couldn’t stop there. Eventually we settled on visiting Poland and then Belgium to end the journey. In order to avoid breaking the piggy bank, we used sites such as Ryanair, CheapOair and Ebookers to find the cheapest flights possible. Cheap travel sites such as those should be bookmarked on every student’s laptop when they study abroad. Making the most of every moment in another country is a must, but affordable travel is necessary for those with a packed itinerary. For each place we set out the highest price we’d be willing to pay in order to get there. Even if this meant sleeping in airports, we were determined to get to four countries in 10 days without shelling out all of our available funds. With help from each other and Google, we accomplished something that initially seemed unlikely.

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is troubling, Caine said. As a defense lawyer who is the former head of the ACLU, Caine is a staunch defender of First Amendment rights, with particular attention to the freedom of speech. The current collegiate generation, he said, has an inconsistent stance on the First Amendment rights of American citizens because they were raised in an environment that does not reflect the standards set by the First Amendment. Caine said it isn’t always simple to convince students that legal rights should be upheld to the fullest. “Most people don’t believe in constitutional rights,” Caine said. “They’ll give you a list of what they like and what they don’t like. The way I start my First Amendment course, I hand out a questionnaire and I say, ‘The First Amendment says all speech should be protected. However, if you think there’s any speech that should not be protected, write exactly what you don’t think should be protected and why.’” One of the only people to express full support of the First Amendment rights in one of his surveys, Caine said, was a woman in her 90s at an assisted living facility where he’d given a speech. She wrote that all speech should be protected, with no exceptions. “Uniformly, the students don’t believe in the First Amendment,” Caine said. He said he believes this is due to generational circumstances. The Bush Administration’s establishment of the Guantánamo Bay detention camp is a particularly striking example, Caine said, of why


young people today have mis“People have an inaccurate them of the pop-up, he rememconceptions of true liberty. view of it sometimes because bered. This worried him imHe is particularly passion- they think they know about it,” mensely, but Cole offered a perate about the MOVE housing Cole said. “Professor Caine has spective that was aligned with bombing of 1985, when the opened my eyes to it. There’s Caine’s generational theory of Philadelphia Police Depart- more to than what basic knowl- apathy as explanation. ment dropped a bomb on an edge encompasses.” “The circumstances of the Osage Avenue row home after a Caine recalled recently try- times in previous generations standoff. Eleven members of the ing to send an email to a col- – wars and civil movements – back-to-the-earth, separationist league about an article he was make [free speech] more tangimovement lived in the home. working on. He was surprised ble and valuable to them,” Cole “The MOVE situation was by a pop-up message on the uni- said. “Whereas we, growing one of the most dramatic deni- versity computer that advised he up with social networking and als of constitutional law you can “consider toning it down.” Facebook, we understand we’re imagine,” Caine said. “The right He immediately took a pho- going to be censored one way or to life.” to, which now hangs on a cork- another, and we kind of accept When Ramona Africa, board next to his desk. it.” the sole living survivor of the “The most basic right is the Erin Edingerbombing, spoke on Main Cam- right to be left alone,” Caine Turoff can be reached at pus on Oct. 31, Caine said he said. was shocked that more people His students didn’t seem erin.edinger-turoff@temple.edu or on Twitter @erinJustineET. didn’t attend or support Africa. concerned when he informed “I asked one [faculty member] what she thought and she said, ‘I’m conflicted because I see the right and wrong on both sides,’” Caine said. “I said, ‘What was the right of the government? What if [MOVE] was [the mob]? We’d call it murder.’” One of his students, Rebecca Cole, is a third-year graduate law student who finds his First Amendment course to be highly valuable. “Personally, I think it’s more interesting and more important,” Cole said. “You can talk to anyone about the First Amendment and they’ll say, ‘Yeah, freedom of speech.’ You can’t have a conversation with someone on the street about, say, tax law.” Cole said she believes taking Caine’s class has affirmed her strong belief in constitutional law and civil liberties, but said not all of her classmates are as engaged as she wishes they Caine holds “Secrets” by Daniel Ellsberg, what he calls a would be. significant text to free speech.|ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF TTN

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tors, the backstory you won’t see in the movie was that the company had a big month and Belfort hired a marching band to come in and play in the office. One of his guys came out and saw the band members and said, ‘Hey, if you take off your uniforms and come in dressed in your hats and underwear, I’ll double what you’re making.’ The band members were already making a lot for this gig and they hesitated a bit, so the guy said, ‘OK, I’ll triple it’ and pulled out a huge wad of cash.” Twenty of the college musicians were selected to be in the movie and spent numerous hours over the course of several days to film one short scene. “The scene isn’t longer than five minutes, but took an entire day of filming and a day before that for costumes, determining how we were going to march into the room and all that,” said Doug Friese, head of the band’s drummers. “If we were doing this every day we’d be bored. It was cold because you’re only wearing your underwear and staying there for the entire day. I had to put a huge smile on my face when I came marching out.” Friese’s face can be seen in the official movie trailer – he’s the first band member to enter the scene, holding a baton. Other band members featured in the movie had similar reactions to

working on the film. “It was an eye-opening experience [about] how quickly Hollywood moves,” said Derek Witzel, a tuba player in the Diamond Marching Band. “The first day we went there was to practice and to be sized in what we were going to be using as far as undergarments,” Witzel said. “Once we finished practicing and recording they separated us by gender and had a few of us at a time go into the room to see what we were going to use. When I got in it was quite the shock because they literally said, ‘OK, well, drop your pants.’” The nerves of working on a major film were heightened by their exposing costumes, students said. Members of the Diamond Marching Band weren’t coerced into performing while scantily clad. “Getting on the set for the first time was extremely weird because I was meeting all of these extras and actors while I was in underwear and a tuba,” Witzel said. “As we tried a few times to complete the scene the people in charge were amazed at how quickly we understood what we were supposed to do as far as marching around the room in an orderly fashion. After the first shot we were all fairly comfortable as far as being in our underwear, because at that moment, the strippers were

Members of the Diamond Marching Band performed dressed only in their underwear, but said they weren’t the most scantily clad actors – strippers appeared in the same scene of the movie the student musicians appeared in. | ERIC DAO TTN introduced to the scene and they had [on] less than we did.” The scene was shot in about 12 hours during the course of two days and was comprised of about 200 people, including the band, extras and actors. Despite being in their underwear and

working hard on set, the band said it was a memorable experience. “Overall, I enjoyed this opportunity to the fullest and it truly was a life-changing experience,” Witzel said. Brunner said the students

had an opportunity to showcase their skills as musicians and as people with a passion for what they do. “How many people will get to say they worked with an Academy Award-winning director in their lifetime?” Brunner

said. “My guess is not many, but some members of the Diamond Band sure can.” Shayna Kleinberg can be reached at shayna.kleinberg@temple.edu.


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Celebrating the life of a home “A Funeral for a Home” is a program

that commemorates the histories of row homes. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News Philadelphia artist Jacob Hellman sees beauty and life in vacant homes, instead of just crumbling foundations of a long-forgotten residences that now languish on a city block. Many row homes, the historical infrastructure of the city’s original living spaces, are decaying without so much as a final word or one quickly snapped family photo before a move. However, this spring, with the help of a commemoration project titled “A Funeral for a Home,” the story of one of those houses in the Mantua section of the city will have the opportunity to be told. Thus far, the Mantua community has participated directly with A Funeral for a Home, which strives to honor the “life,” or rather the history, of a house – not only with the funeral process itself, but also in recognizing and promoting the idea that one building can have a profound impact on a neighborhood. The idea to start the project was sparked by a combination of attendees at a meeting of the advisory council for Temple Contemporary and the work of Hellman. Seth Bruggeman, an associate professor of public history at Temple, is involved in the project as a consulting historian. Temple Contemporary, a branch of the Tyler School of Art that aims to reimagine the social applications and impact of art, was previously known as Temple Gallery and began in the 1980s. The program was reopened in 2009, featuring a 3,400-square-foot gallery within the Tyler building. A Funeral for a Home is funded by a grant from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, a first for Temple Contemporary. “Housing was something that the advisory council here at Temple Contemporary wanted to address,” Patrick Grossi, the manager and public historian of A Funeral for a Home, said. An event hosted by Hellman was all it took to gain attention for the project, which at the time was in


Associate professor of public history Seth Bruggeman acts as a consulting historian for “A Funeral for a Home,” in order to support preserving the history of city buildings.| LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN its beginning stages. “We learned that there was an artist, [Hellman], who held a funeral to honor a house with some of his friends,” Robert Blackson, the director of Temple Contemporary, said. “From there, we decided to get involved with him and a few other artists.” After scouring the city to find a house that was already in the condemnation process, Blackson, Grossi and other project members settled on the house in Mantua between 40th Street and the Schuylkill River. Though the “funeral” will focus on this house, Blackson said the goal is not to raise awareness in Mantua alone, but to shed a light on the distressed housing situation across the city. “We’re bringing [the neighborhood] together to think about these issues in a creative way,” Blackson said. “So it doesn’t just become the picture of the house with the broken window.” Collaborating artist brothers Steven and Billy Dufala, who are contributing to the artistic efforts of A Funeral for a Home, also said they want this project to be a celebration of unity and life. “We are working more specifically on the design process,” Billy Dufala said. “The details are not planned out yet because we still need to work with the neighborhood,

but whether it’s draping the house in white linen or placing flowers around, we want to invite members of the community to get involved.” Leading up to the main event, the project is set to host a series of small, open programs the group hopes will continue to open people’s eyes to the bigger picture. The first of these events will be held at the Cannon Funeral Home in Northeast Philadelphia on Nov. 19. It will be open to all members of the community who are interested in learning about the process and history of honoring those who have passed away. “The funeral directors there have welcomed us in, and it’s a public event where they will be talking about the day-to-day responsibilities of maintaining a funeral home in a big city,” Grossi said. With outreach into the community expanding, Grossi also said that through his research he hopes to bring the history of the house, as well as the history of the people who have been touched by it, to the forefront. “One of my primary roles as a public historian for the project is doing oral histories with residents and thinking about ways in which we can present historical material out in Mantua,” Grossi said. “This means figuring out how to take the life and energy of the gallery and move it outdoors.”

Members of the Mantua Civic Association, specifically the organization’s president DeWayne Drummond, have also played a significant role in the expansion of A Funeral for a Home. “I think this is something that people all over the city have an affinity with,” Blackson said. “Our work in Mantua is to involve the residents living around that home and the former residents that lived in that home.” Mantua residents and beyond will also able to go to an interactive website, FuneralForAHome. org, where they can submit personal stories about houses they lived in or grew up around in their neighborhoods. To the people involved in the project, it is not simply about demolishing an old house. The experience has become more personal. “We’re trying to create a moment that doesn’t typically exist when demolishing homes,” Grossi said. “I think that there is value in taking a step back to recognize, not just the history of a particular home and the people who lived in it, but the process of these homes going up and coming down over the decades.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at alexa.bricker@temple.edu.

Cancer benefit ride emotional for bikers will head to Seattle, San Diego and Portland, Ore., respectively. The moment before departure, Grant said, is similar to a pep rally. “There are so many sendoff videos I’ve been watching that are so moving, every time I watch them I just bawl,” he said. “I can’t wait until that’s me.” Once his team, which will have about 25 members, begins the ride, they’ll rely solely on donations from the towns they stop in for food and shelter. They’ll sleep in church basements, at community centers or in the homes of host families. Each morning two different team members will drive a van to their host destination, explain their mission and ask for donations so meals are ready by the time the bikers catch up. On some days, the group will be on the road by 7 a.m. to reach their destination by late afternoon. Along the way, there will be at least

The Independent Hotel, located in the center of Midtown Village, will be debuting the work of Tyler School of Art students today, Nov. 12 with a wine and cheese reception. The hotel said that the partnership with the school is designed to add to the modern but comfortable atmosphere and that displaying the original work of Tyler students will only add to its sophistication. The reception will be held from 6 - 7:30 p.m., the work of students Tiffany Livingston, Kaitlin McDonough, Jonathan Ryan and Seneca Weintraut, including 10 paintings and four drawings, will be for sale. Wine and cheese will be offered while guests are invited to explore the work of these students, which will be displayed predominantly on the second floor of the hotel. While the event is free and open to the public, people who wish to attend must RSVP by email at events@independentcollection.com. -Alexa Bricker


five stops for service days that are planned in advance by two team leaders. “We’ll stop at hospitals, hospices and community centers, basically anywhere where cancer has touched a community to volunteer and help out,” Grant said. “It’s anything from administration work to yard work, then directly interacting with cancer patients and delivering them care packages.” On mornings the team travels, the day will begin with a dedication circle where every team member dedicates their ride to someone affected by cancer and writes the person’s name on their calf. “It could be someone you know or someone you meet along the way,” Grant said. “If you’re going up a huge hill and you don’t think you can go anymore, you bring it back to the person you’re riding for, and that motivates you to keep going because

it’s just a physical challenge and you can do it. My entire ride will be for my mom, and then each day I’ll dedicate to someone.” Though they initially showed reluctance toward his plans to participate in 4K for Cancer, which will be in its 13th year this summer, Grant said his family became supportive once he explained why he felt compelled to take the trip. His friend Julie Britton, who completed the ride last summer and told him about the program, has been one of his biggest supporters. “It’s no easy journey, but the sense of accomplishment you feel every day is worth the struggle,” Britton said. “[Grant] will have a new family to succeed and relate hardships with, and the generosity of the people you meet along the way humbles you.” The only aspect of the ride Grant said he’s nervous about is the toll

biking more than 50 miles a day will have on his body. “There are going to be days when it’s freezing cold, there will be days where we ride in the rain, it’ll be hot, it’s going to wear on us very quickly,” Grant said. When Grant reaches San Francisco in early August, he said he’s most excited for the final few miles across the Golden Gate Bridge. “Riding into San Francisco is going to be one of the best moments of my life,” Grant said. “Seeing all these people here to support us that were there at the beginning, there’s going to be an overwhelming surge of emotions and accomplishment.” Cheyenne Shaffer can be reached at cheyenne.shaffer@temple.edu.

“The Brother/Sister Plays ” will premiere Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7 - 9 p.m. in Tomlinson Theatre. Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the interconnected series set in southern Louisiana uses African mythology and spiritual undertones to relay modern stories of African-American youth. The first play, “The Brothers Size,” narrates the tale of brothers Oshoosi and Ogun, who couldn’t be more different, but continue to be mistaken for one person. The final play, “Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet,” sheds light on one young man’s struggle to find himself, attain his sexual identity and come to grips with the death of his father. This event is open to all. More information can be found from the Temple Theatres box office at 215-204-1122 or at theatre@temple.edu. -Jessica Smith


The Sigma chapter of Gamma Iota Sigma will be sponsoring the H. Wayne Snider Distinguished Guest Lecturer Series on Wednesday, Nov. 13 from noon -12:50 p.m. Students will hear from top professionals in risk management, insurance and actuarial science industries. The event will be presented by Pamela Rogers, the Spencer Educational Foundation risk manager in residence and vice president of Enterprise Risk and Insurance Management at Weight Watchers International, Inc. Possible topics of discussion will include experiences in the workplace, valuable success skills, industry trends and career opportunities in the field. The series will be held in Room A031 of Alter Hall. For more information, contact Regina Ross at 570-335-0415 or regina.ross@temple.edu. -Jessica Smith

LOCAL FOOD, TYLER DISHES On Thursday, Nov. 14, Temple Contemporary will host a charitable dinner for Fulfill, a microgranting initiative similar to organizations such as Sunday Soup and Philly Stake. The event is open to all and will be held from 6 - 9 p.m. Attendees can recieve a meal featuring locally grown food for between $15 and $25. All meals will be served on dishes created by the Tyler School of Art ceramics and glass departments. After the event, diners are encouraged to take home the dishes used for their meal as a gift. All of the proceeds garnered from meal purchases will go toward three nonprofit organizations. Those benefitting will be Girls Rock Philly, Neighborhood Bike Works and New Leash on Life. Event registration is available online and questions can be directed to Sarah Biemiller at 215-7779138. -Erin Edinger-Turoff


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“They play a huge role. They’re very active in getting new people to register and reregister.”







Brown, Jackson suspended due to rules violations LEADING RETURNING SCORER OUT INDEFINITELY

Doyle was right behind Youtz with eight goals and three assists for 19 points, which is second on the team in scoring. Millen started all 20 of Temple’s games this season in the cage, recording five shutouts and posting a .766 save percentage. She made 105 saves in 2013 to total 304 for her career, which is seventh all-time on the team. -Nick Tricome

Junior guard Rateska Brown and sophomore forward Jacquilyn Jackson have been suspended indefinitely due to violation of team rules, according to athletic communications. Brown was Temple’s top returning scorer, recording 10.8 points per game in the 2012-13 season and was slated to be a part of the Owls’ guard rotation this year. Jackson played in 23 games last season, contributing off of the bench. Neither player suited up for the Owls’ victory against La Salle and the team is not commenting further on the players’ future availability. -Brien Edwards



Temple appointed Cecilia Snipes as the assistant director of equipment and event management, it was announced Thursday. Snipes will handle the equipment managing duties for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, among other various duties. Prior to joining Temple as part of a slew of athletic department hires this fall, Snipes worked as the equipment operations coordinator at Arizona State for seven years. A two-year women’s basketball letter-winner at Alabama A&M, she graduated cum laude at the university in 2000 and earned her master’s degree in sports administration at Northern Colorado in 2004. -Andrew Parent


The new logo of the Philadelphia Big 5 was unveiled at the men’s basketball game at The Palestra on Saturday, Nov. 9. The new graphic is a nod to an older version of

Junior guard Rateska Brown (right) was suspended due to a violation of team rules. Brown was Temple’s top returning scorer and played in 23 games last season. | TTN FILE PHOTO


the Big 5 logo, with a pentagon shape and all five schools’ names on each side. La Salle graduates Steve Helm, Anthony Giacometti, and Jason Bodman were YOUTZ, DOYLE, MILLEN HONORED the designers of the new image. Giacometti is the assistant director of athletic development at La Salle. AT CONFERENCE BANQUET Junior forward Amber Youtz has been named -Avery Maehrer to the Big East Conference First Team and senior midfielder/defender Molly Doyle and redshirt-junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen have been named to the second team. The three received honors Thursday night at the conference’s awards banquet, just a day prior to the start of the Big East tournament. Youtz led Temple in scoring this season with 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points. She leads the NCAA in points per game with a 2.60 average and is second in goals per game with an average of 1.07.

Thomas aims to further education desires. NCAA President Mark Emmert visited Main Campus last week, where he addressed concerns on whether universities sufficiently prepare their student-athletes for careers outside of sports. Emmert said he worries about student-athletes preparing for life after college. “At the university level and the national level, we need to tell the message more and more of the skills someone develops as an athlete,” Emmert said. “We need to work harder with our student-athletes to make sure they have the life skills they need to be successful.” Thomas enrolled at Temple and joined the men’s cross country country and track & field program in fall 2008 and contributed as one of the Owls’ core distance runners in the course of a four-year career. “He was probably one of the most hardworking kids that we had,” Matt Jelley, the Owls’ distance coach from 2007-12, said. “He was a real high-mileage kid and he just put a lot of time and a lot of work. He would always do what you’d ask him to do and you can’t ask more than that as a coach.” “He was a natural leader and you didn’t have to worry about if Ben was doing his work or anything like that,” Jelley added. “He was just one of those guys that did everything you needed him to do.” After he completed his degree at Temple, Thomas took a


year off from school and worked at Fairmount Running Company at 20th Street and Fairmount Avenue while still living near his alma mater. The 23-year-old majored in kinesiology at Temple and said he always knew he’d want to pursue physical therapy after his career on North Broad. “There’s not much you can really do with just a bachelor’s in kinesiology, so I knew I’d have to go to grad school and that’s where I am now,” Thomas said. “I wanted to use my degree as a springboard to something else, and I knew I was going to go on to physical therapy. The kinesiology program definitely gave me the framework to be able to think in terms of physical therapy. That degree gave me something of an edge over kids that go here.” The fact that Center City sits a couple of miles away from Main Campus and that the university lies in a diverse urban atmosphere played a major role in preparing Thomas for life after his undergraduate years, he said. “The thing with Temple, the city and just the kind of people you interact with on a daily basis, everybody’s so different,” Thomas said. “That’s a huge part of it and it really prepares you for anything you’re going to do for the rest of your life. In that sense especially, it really prepares you really well.” Although Jelley is more than a year removed from his

tenure at Temple, he still remembers being blown away by the TECH Center as he used to show it off to athletes he was trying to recruit. “Temple definitely puts a lot into their resources to give students an advantage,” Jelley said. “I graduated [from Clemson] in 1996 and there’s so much more that they have to make sure students are successful now that wasn’t there before. When the school puts in the resources and makes sure that they have what they need, you get a better product. Temple definitely does that.” Now in his first year at Lynchburg, Thomas said he doesn’t mind being a student again, despite falling victim to a common detriment of college life. “It’s cool, but of course I don’t have any money,” Thomas said. “It’s cool going to school and talking about things you’re interested in and hearing things that other people are interested in as well. That’s cool, but it would be nice having money, of course. Not graduating here until 2016 and not having a positive cash flow until I’m 26, that’s not great to think about. But I don’t mind the lifestyle right now at all, though. I like it.”

The Owls spent Nov. 2 volunteering at Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a shelter that serves meals and provides beds for homeless men year-round. The team worked in the kitchen, volunteering for the third straight year. The mission was founded in 1878 and has two locations: one in Center City for men and one in Germantown for women. -Evan Cross


SLOAN GREEN INDUCTED INTO HALL OF FAME Former Temple coach Tina Sloan Green was inducted into the Philadelphia sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 7. Sloan Green coached the Owls from 1973-1992. She collected a 207-62-4 career coaching record, good for a .758 winning percentage. During her tenure, Temple made three national championship appearances and 11 consecutive NCAA Final Four appearances. -Avery Maehrer

Owls to host top AAC team The Owls face a challenge against a ranked UCF squad. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor

After a pair of blown leads against conference opponents during recent weeks, things aren’t getting any easier for the football team. The Owls will host No. 15 Central Florida on Saturday at noon. Temple is coming off a bye week in which the players got caught up on academics and rested their bodies, FOOTBALL while the coaches hit the road to do some recruiting. The team’s most recent loss to Rutgers came in the final seconds of the game, as the Scarlet Knights scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-10. “Having a bye week has been one of the best things,” sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “If you’re going to lose, that’s definitely a tough way to lose. We were playing some of our great football the whole game except maybe two or three plays. Overall, this bye week is just getting us regrouped and refocused and just getting ready for ranked UCF coming in here.” UCF is coming off a 19-14 Andrew Parent can be reached win against Houston, handing at andrew.parent@temple.edu or on the Cougars their second loss Twitter @daParent93. this season. The Knights are

now 7-1 this season, the pro- with a win streak – whether it gram’s best start through eight starts with UCF or in the weeks games since 1998. UCF is the that follow against Connecticut only team that remains unde- and Memphis. feated in American Athletic “We definitely have our Conference games, holding a hands full, but it’s just like every 4-0 record. week,” Matakevich said. “We Redshirt-junior quarter- just have to prepare the best that back Blake Bortles has garnered we can, make sure everybody is a 67.6 completion percentage on the same page and then just and redshirt-junior execute in the tailback Storm game. You Johnson leads the can’t have Knights in rushany mental ing, averaging 89.9 mistakes, and yards per game. that’s defiUCF’s only loss of nitely one of Zaire Williams / running back the the season came things against South Carothat’s been lina in a closely fought 28-25 killing us all year, me included.” match-up. “We have mental mis“They have a great quarter- takes,” Matakevich added. “Evback and a great tailback,” coach eryone sees it. When we’re not Matt Rhule said. “Bortles is as making mistakes, we’re a regood as anyone we’ve faced and ally good football team. That’s anyone in the country. Storm definitely one of the most frusJohnson is a dominant tailback trating things. We’ve put in so who started at the University of much work every week, and we Miami and transferred.” rise to the occasion but we come “They’re very good on de- up short come Saturdays.” fense, they’re very mature up Despite the mental front – they have a few seniors misteakes, running back Zaire on their offensive line,” Rhule Williams said the players are added. “So there’s a reason “hungry” and that the Rutgers they’re three points away from loss is now all but forgotten. being undefeated.” “We have short-term memRedshirt-senior Chris Coy- ory loss,” Williams said. “We’re er left the Rutgers game with an focused on the next game right ankle injury and did not prac- away.” tice last week. Rhule said he is Avery Maehrer can be reached unsure if Coyer will be able to at avery.maehrer@temple.edu or on play against the Knights this Twitter @AveryMaehrer. weekend. Matakevich emphasized the importance of ending the season

“We’re focused

on the next game right away.

Move from Ambler to Camden eases commute ahead of conference transition upcoming season. “Playing at Ambler was a 45 minute ride to get there, but could take up to an hour based on traffic,” junior infielder Nick Lustrino, recently named a captain for the upcoming season, said. “It was almost like you were playing an away game for every home game.” Campbell’s Field was named “Ballpark of the Year” in 2004 by Baseball America and holds a view of the Philadelphia skyline and Benjamin Franklin Bridge. The facility is owned

by Rutgers University and the Camden Riversharks, a minor league team affiliated with the Liberty Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Entering its first year in The American, a new venue is expected to provide an attendance boost and give the team a venue that ranks with other schools in the conference. “I think that Temple baseball feels now that they’re right up there to compete with the best of the best,” senior pitcher


and captain Matt Hockenberry said. “We don’t have to have the feeling of being looks down to anymore because of having insufficient facilities. Now we’re playing in a minor league stadium and it makes us feel more legitimate.” Wheeler said Athletic Director Kevin Clark, who was promoted from his interim status last week, has placed an emphasis on the Ambler-based teams. Whether the move to Campbell’s Field is permanent is not yet known.

“One of [Clark’s] main goals is to provide a great experience for our student-athletes and take care of their welfare,” Wheeler said. “So he is working extremely hard with the rest of the administration to find solutions to help baseball and all of the sports at Ambler so they can feel like they’re more a part of the university.” The full schedule for the 2014 season will be released later this week. The first game at Campbell’s Field will be held on April 4 against Cincinnati.

In past seasons, the Owls were forced to play all of their home games during the afternoon because the Ambler venue lacks lights. At Campbell’s, there are two night games scheduled, including one against South Florida. Wheeler said he believes the move to such a premiere facility will help the team going forward in more ways than one. “I think it makes a statement to the people, alumni, friends of the program that our university is committed and

very serious about the baseball program to give us this opportunity and it certainly is going to help us with recruiting to show kids this is where they’re going to be playing,” Wheeler said. “It’s got tremendous benefits all the way through the program.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@temple.edu or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.




Challenges remain at forward in the Owls’ center position, the senior forward was matched up against a duo of La Salle bigs throughout the 40 minutes of play. La Salle’s centers both shared a noticeable height and size advantage over the thinframed Thames. “We knew coming into this year that Tasha was going to have to guard out of position,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “It’s just how it is.” In the early going, Thames appeared flustered when confronted with a larger opponent, turning the ball over three times in the first half. Despite some early first period miscues, La Salle’s size advantage became less advantageous as the game wore on, as Thames held her own under the rim en route to her sixth career double-double,


recording 12 points and 13 rebounds. Though Thames and the Owls were victorious with their small lineup against La Salle, Thames fouled out of the game late, raising concerns about her ability to guard bigger opponents consistently. “This is what I expect of Tasha,” Cardoza said. “This is something that Tasha can do at any given night as long as Tasha believes that, [but] she has to make sure she doesn’t get in foul trouble.” Thames said the assignment would have been daunting alone, but her teammates provided help when she was being overmatched physically. “Offensively, I can attack at the basket and pull [opposing centers] away from the basket,”

Thames said. “On defense, [I will have to] just be strong. I had help. I was fronting and I had help on the other side. I was confident that my teammates could help.” Temple’s small lineup resulted in big games from veterans Thames and Shipp, but Cardoza said improvement from her young centers will be necessary for the Owls to survive against bigger teams. To relieve Thames against La Salle, freshman center Taylor Robinson played nine minutes to lighten the burden for the senior forward. Cardoza said she’s reluctant to start either of the team’s freshman bigs, but the development of center Safiya Martin and Robinson will likely decide continued use of Temple’s lineup.

“I felt like Taylor had a really good week of practice and because of that I wanted to reward her,” Cardoza said. “She went in [against La Salle] and proved, ‘I can help out.’ She just gave herself more minutes with how she played. She was able to give Tasha a breather and when Tasha was in foul trouble, she held down the fort for us.” “That’s something both her and Safiya are going to have to do,” Cardoza added. “They’re going to have to come in and play those bigs because there’s no way that Tasha can survive a whole season playing against 6-4 kids.” Brien Edwards can be reached at brien.erick.edwards@temple.edu or on Twitter @BErick1123.

Barry recovers to lead after injury Sophomore Sandra Sydlik (middle) previously played at the Schadow Gymnasium in Germany before her arrival at Temple last season. | COURTESY ALEXANDRA MCDERMOTT


leg you’d ever seen on a human being,” White said. “It was like they cut the flesh [from just below his knee to his ankle] and rolled it down. You could see the muscle and bone. I watched them clean up that wound on his leg and I almost passed out. He completely knocked all of his teeth out in the front.” Barry also tore his carotid artery. But despite lying in a compare the sport between GerThe volleyball team hospital bed, Barry was determany and the United States. sports talent from “Just how it’s set up, it’s mined to return to the river. “He was drugged up,” so different,” Sydlik said. “But around the globe. volleyball is not that big in Ger- White said. “He said, ‘Coach, I many. We have soccer first, and will be back this Tuesday.’ The STEVE BOHNEL then basketball, ice hockey and nurse looked at me and shook The Temple News her head.” then volleyball.” Barry’s teammates were “The game is a little bit They come from Germany, slower [in Europe], the players supportive while he was recovNorway, Japan, Hawaii and Calare way better skilled overall,” ering. ifornia. “When I got knocked Ganes said. “We have more With players from seven overall well-rounded players down, there were tons of people states and four countries, coach in Europe as compared to the who kept dropping off food at Bakeer Ganes’ rosmy house,” Barry said. “Guys States.” ter and coaching VOLLEYBALL “I feel like it’s all about on the team’s mothers, who I staff has meshed technique,” Sydlik said. “[Ganes didn’t even know, were dropdespite the culand I] say that a lot of American ping stuff off. My roommates tural differences. The Owls are players have bad technique. But were delighted with it, they got in the No. 5 slot in the conferit’s not all bad, because they are a feast.” ence standings, trailing LouisThe nine-year veteran of winning in the Olympic games ville, Southern Methodist, Cenmost of the time and Germany the sport watched the remainder tral Florida and South Florida. of the season from the shore. is not.” Louisville is running away with Even though sophomore Nevertheless, the team was conthe conference, as the Cardinals Alyssa Drachslin’s hometown fident he would return to the have a 12-0 record. is in California, she said there Schuylkill. “I think the advantages are “I thought he was going to are still many differences in the clearly bigger than the disadbe back even sooner,” senior game. vantages,” Ganes said. “It’s a “I’d say a lot of it has to do Zephyr Dippel said. “I think unique situation where we have with geographically, how ev- the major drawback for getting different people from different erything’s so much closer [over back within a week or two was areas coming together who don’t here],” Drachslin said. “It’s that I think his jugular vein was even know each other working definitely something that at- stretched from getting his neck towards one goal, so that’s prettracted me, like a two hour bus messed up. But I figured he ty neat. You get to meet some ride to New York or D.C., it’s would be back.” people that you never thought “I was knocked down in definitely not like that [in Caliyou would meet, get to experifornia]. To get out of state, you March and it wasn’t until the ence their viewpoint ... I think have to drive two or three hours, next September before I rethat makes us a better person, so that’s different. Also, it’s a ally started to get back into it,” and also helps us with our game little more hustle and bustle over Barry said. “I wasn’t allowed to as a volleyball player.” compete until the doctor cleared here, versus back home.” Sophomore and Norway Even with cultural differ- me around June. I was back native Alicia Wennberg, who ences, team chemistry doesn’t said she’s had difficulties findsuffer, Drachslin said. ing healthy eating options in a “It might sound kind of fast-food filled America, finds weird, but I think being from the cultural diversity of the team different areas has helped us as an important asset. Wennberg bond even more because we joins sophomore Sandra Sydlik, are each other’s family here,” from Berlin, as the two interDrachslin said. “And I know a who are going to play a lot. It’s national student-athletes on the few girls from Pennsylvania, really only Will, [redshirt-junior team. and that definitely helps because forward Anthony Lee] and me. “We’re all from different their parents kind of ‘adopted’ Just gotta step up and lead those places, so we have different us all.” guys and show them the way. ways of playing,” Wennberg Senior Gabriella Matautia, Take after what Scootie [Ransaid. “I can bring something from Hawaii, has evolved into a dall], Rahlir [Hollis-Jefferson], from Norway and Sandra can leader during the past four sea- Khalif [Wyatt], Jake [O’Brien] bring something from Germany, sons with the Owls. She said she and T.J. [DiLeo] did.” and we have coaches from Japan uses that role to bring everyone “It’s a great experience, and Germany, so it’s a lot of diftogether. honestly, knowing that you have ferent ways to play that maybe “I think it’s just holding to go out there and step up and other teams don’t have.” people accountable,” Matautia just take things that you learned Akiko Hatakeyama, the said. “Not only do I want people from those guys in the past like aforementioned assistant coach to find me as a leader, but I want Khalif and [Ramone Moore] from Japan, was surrounded by other upperclassmen taking and Juan [Fernandez] and Scoovolleyball in her home country. leadership roles. So as long as tie,” Cummings said. “Just im“Volleyball is big [in Jawe stay on each other, we’ll be plement those to the younger pan],” Hatakeyama said. “For able to trust each other and per- guys and make sure that they’re women, it’s the most popuform at where we should be at.” listening and understanding lar sport. When we hosted the how critical the game is and just Olympics in Tokyo in 1964, we Steve Bohnel can be reached understanding the time and the won the gold medal.” at sbohnel@gmail.com or on score and just make sure we’re Sydlik, who has found a Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1. doing our jobs.” big difference in musical culture Cummings scored 12 points – she prefers electro and house in the second half against Penn music to hip-hop and R&B – and 14 in first half versus Kent said she doesn’t think she can State. He played 29 minutes in

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Senior captain Fergal Barry (middle) biked nearly 2,000 miles across the country for fundraising efforts toward Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN home in Ireland for the summertime, and then I trained with one of the guys at my club back at home.” Barry spent the summer giving back to the community by getting back on his bike. He, along with former crew team members Mike Mirabella and Ryan Rickus, participated in Cycle4Awareness, a cause that helps fundraising efforts toward Athletes Helping Athletes, Inc. The trio biked 1,800 miles in 18 days, stopping at various summer camps and support groups that help special needs children. Now, every day at 6 a.m. Barry and the rest of his teammates can be found practicing on the Schuylkill River preparing for their next competition. In his final year with the Owls, Barry continues to serve as a role model for the rest of the team. Barry was chosen this fall

by his teammates to be a captain. He described himself as a “rowing nut.” “I am crazy when we are down here at the river,” Barry said. “I try to get the best out of people.” “He is just a machine, a rowing machine,” White said. “He just tears it up. He’s a beast. That’s the best way to describe him. He just goes and goes. He has the highest GPA on the team. He’s the complete package.” But Barry is careful in not letting his own work ethic dominate that of his teammates. “I like to think that I let the guys have a lot of room to maneuver, room to do what they want to do,” Barry said. “It’s on them if they want to work. If they don’t want to work, I am not going to be too pushy about it.” After the crew team demonstrated excellence in a recent

rowing machine test, Barry decided to show his teammates how much he appreciated their hard work. “Twenty-three out of 25 guys got personal bests, which is unheard of,” White said. “Fergal sent them a little note. All I asked him to do was to send me the scores, but he sent a note to everyone saying how good of a job they did.” Through everything Barry has gone through, his coach commended him for his toughness, which he said he hopes the young team will grasp very soon. “If I went to war tomorrow and they handed me a rifle and said, ‘Who would I want next to me in the trenches?’ it would be Fergal,” White said. Danielle Nelson can be reached at danielle.nelson@temple.edu or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.

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the Penn game, nearly six more than his average last year, but Dunphy after the Penn game said he wanted Cummings to have more playing time, and he played 34 minutes versus Kent State. “He can figure out that we need him to be very aggressive,” Dunphy said. “What we can’t do is have him get two fouls and be out of the game for as much as he was in the first half. We weathered that storm, but I don’t want to play that many minutes without him. He’s a very aggressive guy and he made a couple fantastic plays tonight down the stretch.” Cummings is the only guard to have played last year in the NCAA tournament. Sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey said Cummings is, for now, the go-to guy in crunch time. “Just to spread the floor, give him a ball screen,” DeCosey said. “Anybody could

really take that last shot... First Will, and then anybody could take the shot.” “I think it’s more by committee, but Will’s been doing a pretty good job,” Dunphy said. “He’s hard to guard. He’s so fast. He just needs to slow down a little bit and gather himself… I think he had two offensive fouls in the second half [against Kent State] and the last one was a tough one… even if he had pulled up and shot a little bank eight-footer that would have been okay. But he’s learning.” Dunphy said Cummings’ play was not good enough in the second half, adding the guard needed to play more consistently. “There were stretches of dead time in the second half where Will didn’t really get much going on,” Dunphy said. “I thought he tried to force the issue a little too much. He’s got to trust a little more in his team-

mates, and he will. He knows that better than anybody.” While Penn only led for 19 seconds of the second half, the game was tight for the last six minutes. The Kent State game was tight for the majority of the second half. Cummings said the August trip to Europe helps the Owls stay focused in close games. “We went down a lot in Europe,” Cummings said. “Knowing that we’ve been there before, I think that helped us a lot. Make sure we stay calm and know basketball’s a game of runs. We’re going to have our runs, other teams are going to have their runs. Make sure we stay poised and under control and make free throws down the stretch.” Evan Cross can be reached at evan.cross@temple.edu or on Twitter @EvanCross.



Kennedy goal ends losing streak The junior forward has collected 19 goals through 16 games. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News It took until the last 22 seconds of Friday night’s away game to determine a winner between Temple and Rider. That was when junior forward Stephen Kennedy picked up the puck in the slot and shot ICE HOCKEY it past the Rider goaltender to take a 4-3 lead in the last moments of the game, sealing the Temple victory. After dropping both games the previous weekend to Penn State and Rowan, the Owls were in need of momentum to carry them forward throughout the rest of the season. “[Friday night] was a huge win for us and will be a stepping stone to a winning direction,” senior forward Joe Pisko said. “We’re capable of beating any team in this league but have lacked playing a full 60 minutes this year. We finally put together a full 60 and proved to ourselves what we are capable of doing.” “We had to have this game,” sophomore forward and team captain Greg Malinowski said. “Everyone knew it going in and we played a full 60 [minutes] to get the win.” Temple not only played the full 60 minutes, it played the entire game following coach Ryan Frain’s game plan. Frain has stressed dumping the puck deep into the opponents’ zone and establishing a forecheck early on. From the forecheck, Frain wants the Owls to win the puck back and cycle it back to the blue line to take shots from the point and crash on net for the rebounds. That’s something every line did for Temple Friday. “It was awesome to see all four lines buzzing [Friday] night,” Frain said. “High energy, sticking to the game plan that we know works best and not deviating from it at all.” “We knew we had to get it done,” senior goaltender Chris Mullen said. “And we did – we’re a good team, too. We

stuck to our game plan and that’s what we need to do to win.” Kennedy, who took a threeyear break from hockey before joining the Temple club, has continued to contribute all season. He now has 19 goals in 15 games. Earlier in the season, Pisko said although Kennedy had already put up a lot of points, the best was yet to come for him. “He is definitely getting there if he’s not there already,” Pisko said. “Either way, he’s showing no signs of slowing down. He’s been out of the game for so long no one really knew what to expect from him. Each game he’s getting more and more comfortable, which is dangerous for opposing teams, especially with someone as skilled as he is.” “The kid just wants to be on the ice and wants the puck on his stick at all times,” Frain said. “But it’s not just him out there. [Junior forward Patrick] Golden and Pisko are working their tails off as well.” Pisko and Golden have been most recently paired up with Kennedy and the line has gelled together nicely. Golden is more of a fourth line grinder, but his intensity and energy complement the finesse of Pisko and Kennedy. “I love the combination,” Pisko said. “Golden works hard every shift and both guys want nothing more than to win games. Kennedy and I complement each other well offensively and Golden is just a bonus. He’s proved these last couple of games that he has no problem scoring goals and can be an impact player.” “It’s a relief playing with a couple of guys who really go out of their way to make plays and win hockey games,” Pisko added. With Friday night’s win, Temple snapped its two-game losing streak. The Owls said they want to carry that momentum into this week. “We just got to take this confidence and momentum into practice,” Frain said. “We got Monmouth and Rowan next week, so two ‘W’s’, definitely.” Samuel Matthews can be reached at samuel.matthews @ temple.edu or on Twitter @ SJMatthews13.

Stephen Kennedy has scored 19 goals through 15 games this season.| COURTESY STEPHEN KENNEDY


Fencing frosh adjust The college transition for fencers is unique from other sports. MICHAEL GUISE The Temple News Last year, freshman Miranda Litzinger was fencing against 12-year-olds. Litzinger, like many high school fencers, was forced to join fencing clubs because many high schools don’t offer the sport. “I think I learned the value of a balanced program,” Litzinger said. “I’ve been FENCING fencing 12-year-olds for the past five years, so it is really nice to finally have people to go out with on the track and the weight room.” Rachael Clark has had a different type of transition. “The biggest challenge for me is that I went to a club where I was the only girl, so it’s weird going from being the only girl to being on a team full of girls,” Clark said. “That is definitely a huge adjustment.” With practice after class, individual lessons scattered throughout the week and weight room training after practice four times a week, coach Nikki Franke said the freshmen have to balance everything while transitioning to the next level. With six freshmen on the roster, the group makes up one-third of

the team. “There is a lot of demand on their time, so they have to get used to the whole collegian scene and college fencing, which is very different,” Franke said. Litzinger said the hardest adjustment for her has been competing on a team, as it is something she has never experienced before. “I picked fencing partially because I loved it … but mostly because it’s an individual sport and I like it that way,” Litzinger said. “I have to act as a team and working with other people was really confusing to me.” “Most of them come out of a club, so they are used to the individual tournaments and now going into a team format, that’s what they have to adjust to,” Franke said. Noelle Baptiste, who was a captain for her high school fencing team, said she understands she is no longer at the top of her team. “[I] was going from always finishing Top 3 for the past four years to the bottom of a Division I team,” Baptiste said. “That change is really drastic, so it’s been a little difficult.” Baptiste, who lives by the motto “when opportunity meets hard work, success in inevitable,” said she wants to prove herself as a freshman by making it to the NCAA tournament. Although the freshmen have a long way to go, Franke

said she’s excited for the future. “They are very ambitious,” Franke said. “They are hard workers and they are talented.” Freshman Alexandra Keft described her classmates as “perfectionists” and Baptiste said the group is like sisters. “We love each other,” Baptiste said. “It is just great to have a lot of people your age.” “They are really wonderful girls,” Keft said. “We get along very well and we like to help each other in practice and on the strip, too while we are fencing and give each other a little push. That helps a lot for the bonding experience.” Franke, who is now in her 42nd season coaching the Owls, said every freshman class is different. “Everyone is unique, so they are different in their own way,” Franke said. “They have their own personalities but that is a good thing. That is what makes coaching interesting.” Franke said she’s looking forward to watching the young group develop during the next four years. “It is always fun to see them grow and mature,” Franke said. “As a coach you see them as freshmen and then they are seniors. You just want to sit back and enjoy the time that you are able to have them on the team.” Michael Guise can be reached at michael.guise@temple.edu or on Twitter @MikeG2511.

OWLS IN PLAY TUESDAY WBB at Delaware 7 p.m.

THURSDAY MBB at Towson 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY WVB at SMU 8 p.m. ICE vs. Monmouth 9:20 p.m. MXC at Lehigh (Regionals) All Day WXC at Lehigh (Regionals) All Day

SATURDAY FB vs. UCF Noon WBB vs. Auburn 6 p.m. ICE at Rowan 8:15 p.m.

SUNDAY WVB at Houston 2 p.m.

Despite loss, Owls show progress first time they lost back-to-back games all season. “I think we played well, but the scoreboard didn’t really show that in terms of our effort and our ability to really move the ball and get a lot of momentum in the second half,” Janney said. Although the Owls fell in the first round of the tournament, the team exceeded the expectations that were set for them in the preseason. A Big East coaches’ poll had the Owls finishing sixth of the eight teams in the conference and out of postseason play. They finished with a national ranking and the fourth seed in the conference tournament. “Starting from preseason, we were viewed as the underdog and it just propelled us to do as well as we did,” sophomore forward Alyssa Delp said. “We really like to be the underdogs because then no one really expects us to do much of anything and it gives us a chance to prove everybody wrong. I think a lot of the season is credited to that.” The season’s end means that midfielders/defenders Molly Doyle and Mandi Shearer and forward Lauren Hunt’s time on the team is up. “The season has been great,” Doyle said. “It’s been really memorable for me, being a senior and being a captain I had to play some important roles on the team, but it was just a really fun year for me.” “Our team played great and people really stepped up all over the field,” Doyle added.


The career of senior midfielder/defender Mandi Shearer (right) ended with the best season the Owls have had during her tenure with the team. | KELSEY STANGER TTN “We have a great core group of girls and everyone worked really hard this year on and off the field. From our redshirts to our starters, everyone played a really important role.” This season was, by most accounts, a success for the Owls. However, the outlook for the team might be even better. “Our program has gotten better and better every year,” Janney said. “We’re happy with the continued improvements, and we do have some very strong underclassmen that were a lot of starters.” That includes the freshman class, which saw forwards Katie Foran and Sarah Keer, midfielder Paige Gross and midfielders/ defenders Michelle Walsh and

Ali Meszaros all get playing time this season. Three more players from the freshman class, midfielders/ defenders Elle Hempt, Shawna Chopko and Taylor Janney, haven’t gotten on the field yet. “There is a lot of great potential in that [freshman class] that we haven’t put on the field yet,” Amanda Janney said. “We have a lot to do in the spring, but I think we’re going to be even better next season in terms of that we’re returning with a strong team.” Doyle, now a former cocaptain, said she can’t wait to see it all happen. “I already told the girls that I can’t wait to come back and watch them and see how much

they’ve grown,” Doyle said. “Next year – I think all the girls on the team have grown so much this year, they’re only going to lose three seniors – it’s going to be really fun to watch some of the younger girls step up, and for everyone to just hone in on their skills to work on over the spring and just come back ready to play in the fall.” “I think the outlook … the team is only going to get better,” Doyle added. “I think they’re going to be a Top 20 program once again next year, and the years moving forward a Top 10 team.”

man talent has been huge,” Spurrier added. “Starting with [sophomore Jared Martinelli’s freshman] class and moving forward, [Temple has] been getting increasingly better recruiting classes. I think that that’s been the biggest change, that we’re starting to attract some pretty big-name players.” Mahoney, who has three more years to go with the team, said he was also confident in his team’s ability to succeed in the coming seasons. “I think we’ll bounce back well,” Mahoney said. “We’ve got to pick up a couple more

freshmen for next year, fill in some of the spots that the seniors are going to be gone from this year, but we’ll bounce back pretty well.” “We opened some eyes across our conference, and hopefully across the country,” MacWilliams said. “I think our guys are able to play with anybody.”

Nick Tricome can be reached at nick.tricome@temple.edu or on Twitter @itssnick215.

Team looks to future after unexpectedly successful season here. I don’t think we lost here last year either, so this is a low blow.” Although coach David MacWilliams was also disappointed in the game’s outcome, overall, he said he was still pleased with the season. “We’re not saying it’s over,” MacWilliams said. “We’re going to hope for some luck, but it doesn’t look like the odds are in our favor right now. But the guys battled all year. From day one they came in, they were prepared and they wanted it, and they battled to the end. It was a great year and I’m

disappointed it ended this way.” Freshman defenseman Matt Mahoney said he was frustrated by the lack of respect the Owls got before the season. “We [had the] 20th ranked class in the nation for freshmen, so I thought that we would have been ranked higher coming into the season,” Mahoney said. “I thought we did well to prove people wrong. For the quarterfinals, I thought we got a bit unlucky giving up the goal with 30 seconds left in the first half, but we fought back well. We tried as hard as we could and sometimes you come short. But I thought it


was a good season overall.” After the game, senior forward/midfielder Vaughn Spurrier took time to reflect on a four-year career that appears to be over. “Temple soccer, for me, has always been about the boys,” Spurrier said. “Just the pleasure to be able to go out and fight and represent them, along with representing Temple and our families. It’s been an honor. I’m sad to see it go. But it has been an honor, and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity and for the talent God has given me.” Spurrier also said the soc-

cer program is on the rise, largely due to the past two recruiting classes. “Temple soccer hasn’t been the most respected program in the nation,” Spurrier said. “You can see that with our last place preseason coaches’ poll ranking. But I think that this season’s shown [the program is] moving in the right direction. Hopefully they’ll bring in guys that can fill the holes that the seniors are going to leave. And if they can do that, they’ll be successful moving forward and the program will just continue to climb.” “The influx of the fresh-

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It was a step up. That’s how the Owls will look back on their inaugural season in the Big East Conference after it came to an FIELD HOCKEY end in the semifinals of the conference tournament via a 3-0 loss to No. 7 Connecticut on Friday, Nov. 8. On Sunday, Nov. 10, it was announced that the team was not given an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. “The Big East was a nice step up for us in terms of the level of competition that we have,” coach Amanda Janney said. “All four teams in the tournament were ranked Top 20 and that wasn’t the case last year.” If there is one thing the 2013 team proved, Janney said, it’s that they are ready for the level of competition they encountered in its new conference. Temple finished the regular season 14-5 overall and 4-3 in the Big East. The loss in the postseason was Temple’s second in a row to UConn after getting beat by the Huskies 7-0 the week before. The Owls performed much better against UConn the second time around, but the results didn’t change in what was the

This past summer, senior Fergal Barry finally received what he was waiting for. “I got my teeth,” Barry said. “I had no teeth for a year and half.” On St. Patrick’s Day in 2012, Barry, a native of Ireland, was hospiCREW talized after suffering severe injuries in a hitand-run accident while riding his bike around 7 a.m. to the Schuylkill River to prepare for competition against Rutgers that day. “His bike was crushed,” coach Gavin White said. “His bike was still stuck underneath her car. The officer said there was no way the person who was on that bike lived.” “An eyewitness saw and she said he rolled right over top of the windshield of the woman’s car and flew about 50 feet in the air,” White added. “The guys who picked him up off the street told me they almost drove past him. He looked like a homeless guy. They didn’t realize it was Fergal. They saw him lying on the side of Diamond Street.” White rushed to the emergency room at Temple University Hospital and said he was terrified at what he saw. “He had the worst cut on his


Senior guard Dalton Pepper (right) led the Owls with 19 points in the season opener against the University of Pennsylvania on Nov. 9. The Owls blew a 15-point lead in the second half, but earned a 78-73 victory. | HUA ZONG TTN

Career highs, but even record Pepper and Cummings posted personal-best stats versus Penn and Kent State. EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor


efore the season started, Dalton Pepper and Will Cummings both had a career high of 15 points. They’ve both topped it in the first two games. Both players set a career high in the 7873 opening win at the University of Pennsylvania — Pepper, a redshirt-senior guard, led the team with 19 points and Cummings, a junior guard, was just behind at 18 points. In the 81-77 loss to Kent State, Cummings led the team with 17 points and Pepper matched his previous career high with 15

points. “I just wanted to go out and play as hard as I can and try to give as much as I can to the team,” Pepper said after the season opener. “I got the jitters out coming out and making the first couple shots. It’s what you want to do. Just come out, play as hard as you can and just do what you can.” Pepper set multiple career highs against Penn. Along with his 19 points, he played for 31 minutes, breaking his previous best of 26. He broke that record again in the Kent State game, playing 36 minutes, the secondmost on the team. Pepper also grabbed nine rebounds against Penn, nearly doubling his previous career high of five. It was his second career

start, and first at Temple. “Nobody’s rooting for Dalton Pepper more than our coaching staff and his teammates, because he’s earned this right,” coach Fran Dunphy said. “We want him to be the best player he can be.” “He’s a really good man and I’m rooting like crazy for him,” Dunphy added. Pepper is the only senior on the team, and despite averaging 11.3 minutes a game last season, is one of the more experienced Owls. He said he feels more comfortable on the court. “Two freshmen are going to play a lot,” Pepper said. “We have three sophomores



Improbable run halted with loss The Owls fell to USF in the conference quarterfinals. DON MCDERMOTT The Temple News Temple’s season may be over after Saturday’s 1-0 loss to South Florida in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals. “It’s a tough loss,” junior goalie Dan said. MEN’S SOCCER Scheck “This definitely wasn’t what we had planned for. This wasn’t our goal for the season. Our goal was to go to Dallas, compete in the semis and finals and actually

get a NCAA berth. But with this loss, I’m pretty sure it ruined all those chances now. It’s tough.” “Every loss is tough,” redshirt-junior forward Chas Wilson said. “But when it could potentially end your season, I think that really hits home. And the guys know that there might not be another one, so we’re a little disappointed right now.” Despite the loss, the Owls still surpassed expectations this season. Temple was predicted to finish last in The American this year, but instead finished fourth with a record of 10-4-4. But for Scheck, the accomplishment means little. “I guess you could say we were picked last and we finished fourth, so you could look at that

as a positive,” Scheck said, standing alone on the field after the game. “But I knew coming into this season that we had a really good chance of making [the NCAA tournament], and since we didn’t reach that goal, I’m upset and I don’t look at this season as that much of a positive anymore.” The loss to South Florida was Temple’s first home loss of the season. The Owls were 7-0-2 before the game, and had outscored their opponents 13-3 in home matches. “We have a really good advantage here at home,” Wilson said. “We don’t expect to lose here. We don’t like to lose


Redshirt-sophomore Monaye Merritt looks to make a move in the Owls’ 60-47 victory against La Salle on Friday, Nov. 8.| EDWARD BARRENECHEA TTN

Thames steps up in victory Despite a mismatch, the forward finished with a double-double. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News

Senior midfielder/forward Jake Lister reflects after loss to USF. | PAUL KLEIN TTN

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As soon as Temple stepped onto the Tom Gola Arena court, the mismatch that redshirtsenior WOMEN’S BASKETBALL N a t a s h a Thames f a c e d was glaring. “It was [intimidating] at first,” Thames said, referring to La Salle’s 6-foot-5-inch center Leeza Burdgess.


In Temple’s one game, the Owls have been forced to start a small-ball lineup, which may present obstacles against bigger teams on their schedule. On Friday night, Temple defeated La Salle 60-47 for its first victory of the season, but the final scoring margin does not convey the team’s size deficiency that came into focus. With a roster holding three players who stand taller than 6 foot, Temple has started a lineup with four guards: sophomore Erica Covile, freshman Feyonda Fitzgerald, junior Tyonna Williams and fifth-year senior ShiHeria Shipp. The Owl fifth starter is

their sole forward on the floor, Thames. With Thames standing



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