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Foley out as track admin, university investigates claims Patrick O’Connor said Temple is examining details from last week’s track & field report. AVERY MAEHRER Editor-in-Chief

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Sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker celebrates during the football team’s season opening victory against Vanderbilt. Once 16.5-point underdogs to the Commodores, the Owls topped Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium, 37-7. After a 97-minute rain delay, Temple’s defense held Vanderbilt rushers to a combined 54 yards on the ground and forced seven turnovers, while quarterback P.J. Walker tossed two touchdown passes. PAGE 20

Housing faces a deficit The future budget for residential life remains in the red.



Senior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley.

fore the administrative changes were made earlier this summer, former track & field head coach Eric Mobley’s ties with the university were cut and the nearcentury-old men’s track & field team was eliminated from the university. The department’s spokesperson wouldn’t say whether the administrative switch was a result of previous problems and student concerns with the track & field program Foley was overseeing.


Title IX complaint remains unresolved

JOE BRANDT Assistant News Editor In order to cover deficits, Temple’s Office of University Housing and Residential Life will most likely need to raise room and board rates. Ken Kaiser, Temple’s chief financial officer and treasurer, recently told The Temple News by email that future room and board rate increases were likely. “I do not think Housing will be able to generate enough alternative revenue to eliminate the need for rate increases for the foreseeable future,” Kaiser wrote in the email last week. The office faces a projected deficit of more than $2 million for Fiscal Year 2015 and will receive more than quadruple the university funds to support it, in the form of subvention, than it received in Fiscal Year 2014, amounting to nearly $1.3 million. In a February meeting of the trustees’ Student Affairs and Campus Life and Diversity committees, the trustees approved increases of about four percent to room and board rates after viewing the housing office’s budget and realizing it needed more revenue. Kaiser said at the meeting that the new rates were “being held to the lowest possible levels” except for “very strategic increases based on demand.” He told the trustees the goal is to “make housing profitable by 2018.” According to the conclusion to the proposed

enior Associate Athletic Director Kristen Foley – the main administrator named in last week’s Temple News investigation of how the university overlooked an abusive track & field coach and anguished victims for years – will not oversee the track & field program this season, athletic communications confirmed last week. Foley, who oversaw the administration of track & field and nearly a dozen other Temple sports programs, continues to supervise women’s basketball, crew, rowing and women’s volleyball. Senior Associate Athletic Director Joe Giunta has replaced Foley as the department’s track & field administrator. An athletic department spokesperson said the role change for Foley took effect on July 1. However, the move was not made public until last week when Foley’s profile was updated on the athletic department’s website. The day be-


Huner Anwer sits with his grandmother during a Kurdish picnic in March 2012.


KURDISH STUDENT SEES HIS OWN Graduate student Huner Anwer is molded by his experiences growing up in Sulaimani, Iraq. CLAIRE SASKO | Lifestyle Editor Huner Anwer grew up when he was five. It was 1991. He was told he had to pack up. In a frenzy, he and his family gathered crucial belongings for the 120-mile journey they would be making on foot, from Sulaimani, Iraq, to the Iranian border. Saddam Hussein was in power. Anwer and his family would be traveling among four and a half million Kurdish people desperately fleeing to Iran and Turkey after the 1991 uprisings in Iraq. Anwer and his family hiked, sometimes barefoot, in numbing temperatures through arduous mountain passes, enduring April’s sleet, snow and rain. Thousands of people who began the journey alongside Anwer did not ever finish. Many froze or starved along the way. “When I walked that distance, this was the

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first moment I realized, even though I was a young age, I can’t be a kid,” Anwer said. Now a graduate student studying civil engineering, Anwer, who grew up in Iraqi Kurdistan, a semi-autonomous region in northern Iraq, recalls harrowing memories of the Kurdish exodus. Huner said he saw many parents leave young children behind in fear they would not make it anyway. “You had to walk this road when it’s snowing, you have to decide how you’re going to get to [Iran] and how Huner Anwer you’re going to survive,” Anwer said. His younger sister was six months old. “My little sister at the time was a heavy carry for my mother,” Anwer said. “Sometimes we weren’t even sure if she was dead or alive. We thought, ‘Are we going to decide to lose the

“When I walked that

BOB STEWART The Temple News The sports cuts last December angered Susan Borschel into challenging the university for something few have argued before. “There weren’t enough opportunities for male athletes [after the cuts],” said Borschel, of Virginia, whose daughter Sylvie Borschel competed on the women’s gymnastics team and graduated last year. “This is about [the administration’s] money mismanagement, [which is] unrelated to sports,” Borschel said. In 2014, she filed a Title IX complaint against Temple for discrimination against male athletes. “The fact that the Depart-

ment of Education is taking this is landmark,” Borschel said. “I don’t think anyone has ever done this.” When legislators added the Title IX amendment 43 years ago to the Higher Education Act of 1965, the national discussion was largely focused on concern for how gender inequality in collegiate sports negatively impacted women. But the law is written to ensure across-theboard equality, not to focus exclusively on females. The amendment reads, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program


distance, this was the first moment I realized ... I can’t be a kid.

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Temple Fest incident response

Film group nominated for Geek Award

Despite the announcement of a university investigation, students and alumni remain dissatisfied. PAGE 2

Student-run film group Wandering Studios placed third among 500 nominations for a Philly Geek Award. PAGE 7

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Bias in Temple Fest incident

A complaint argued the university has not given equal opportunity for male athletes.




The athletic department offices on North Broad Street.

Reggae rock band released EP on USB Post Sun Times released its EP “PST” on flash drives instead of CDs or vinyl. PAGE 9


New facility for crew, rowing




STAFF REPORTS | campus unrest

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Temple Student Governement President Ray Smeriglio (left) speaks during the TSG meeting on Monday. (Top) President Theobald speaks to students during the TSG meeting on Monday where he fielded questions concerning the incident that occurred on Main Campus Aug. 27. Theobald speaks with a meeting attendee before the start of the TSG meeting on Monday.

University responds, debate remains

After President Theobald announced a university investigation, students remain discontented. MARIAM DEMBELE The Temple News Students and alumni are in debate about the Temple Fest altercation that took place on Aug. 20. Many are demanding immediate action, while others advocated to wait for the investigation to be completed. A university spokesperson confirmed that Temple completed its investigation and would send the results to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. After initially postponing a protest once President Theobald agreed Continued from page 1


The Temple News’ investigation, published on Aug. 26, found that more than a dozen students accuse Mobley of verbal abuse, intimidation and dereliction of his coaching duties, among a myriad of other questionable or unethical complaints. Members of the track & field teams met with Foley at least three times since 2011 in efforts to alleviate severe team issues, including many that involved the head coach. In one of the meetings, athletes say, dozens of teammembers approached Foley in May 2013 to voice concerns about Mobley – including his verbal abuse and mismanagement of the program. Despite Foley listening their concerns, multiple students at the meeting recall her informing the group that Mobley would not be fired. Mobley remained with the university for another season, and during that time a student-athlete said she became suicidal largely due to stress the team caused. Mobley’s resignation was announced in early June. The university won’t comment on the circumstances regarding his exit. In a statement released following the publication of The Temple News’ investigation, Associate Vice President for Executive Communications Ray

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to address the incident at Temple Student Government’s Aug. 25 meeting, a group of students and alumni arranged for an upcoming protest on Sept. 4, though participants said they seem uncertain whether that will take place. Marissa Rubin, a junior anthropology major and one of the students who organized the postponed protest, said she will wait before arranging any further action. “We are not trying to disrupt life on campus for the sake of it,” Rubin said. “We simply want to do what is necessary to keep everyone feeling safe. “We want the University to take measures to protect the student population, and take a clear stand against antiSemitism,” Rubin said. She said she would like to see Students for Justice in Palestine placed on probation along with the students involved in the incident disciplined. “For me, this is not about religion

or politics. This is about basic equality and the safety of the students,” she said. At the TSG meeting, Theobald announced the investigation, which was completed Thursday. A spokesperson for the DA’s office refused to comment, stating that the office cannot comment on cases unless charges are filed. Some students said they were upset the rally was postponed. “The rally is an openly political act,” Brian Albert Zoa wrote on the protest’s Facebook event page. “It is to raise awareness of a greater problem than just this assault.” Zoa said. “The rally never should have been postponed in the first place.” Since the protest was postponed, students have sprung up with different methods of action, including an online petition which calls for immediate disciplinary action against the individual

who is under investigation and suspension of SJP from Temple. The petition demands a public apology for the incident from SJP and a formal condemnation of Hamas before the group could be reinstated. Temple SJP members have apologized for the incident and stated their complete opposition to physical violence and anti-Semitism. Rose Daraz, President of Temple SJP, stated earlier that SJP would not counter protest on Aug. 25. In the statement released by SJP on Aug. 21, the alleged assailant and student stated “I’m sorry for what I did; I admit that I lost my temper.” He denied using any ethnic slurs and stated that the hit was not fueled by anti-Semitism but rather a heated debate between the two individuals. Various groups including The International Socialist Organization, Christian-Jewish Allies, Philadelphia

Jews for a Just Peace and Temple SJP alumni have sent open letters of support to Temple SJP. Katherine Cohen, a Temple alumna and former SJP member, said the charges of anti-Semitism were not in line with the organization’s mission. “Temple SJP is an open, welcoming organization that grounds its work in a commitment to nonviolence,” Cohen said. “When Temple SJP is challenged by individuals and groups that disagree with their message of Palestine solidarity, Temple SJP as a chapter and as individuals, [has] responded respectfully.” “Students for Justice in Palestine is important to the healthy democratic debate that is vital on college campuses,”she said.

Betzner acknowledged that students clined to comment on O’Connor’s had complained about the program fol- statement. lowing the 2010-11 season, but speciFormer thrower Ebony Moore – fied only by saying that two of the con- who was interviewed multiple times by cerns involved “communication” and The Temple News for its investigative “team management” and that none of report – filed a civil-action lawsuit in them involved “sexual harassment, June 2013 against the university, Mogender inequality or sexual miscon- bley and Foley, seeking $10 million duct.” In the statement, Betzner said in damages on claims of harassment, the concerns were addressed through sexual harassment and gender-based the involvement of various administra- discrimination. This past May, a federal tive offices, student-athjudge denied a motion letes and coaches. to dismiss those claims, Betzner did not say likely ensuring trial or which, if any, of the settlement in the case. concerns were resolved Moore said she prior to Mobley’s reswas sexually harassed ignation. It’s unclear by one of her coaches whether Foley notiduring the 2009-10 fied Clark or President season, her first year Theobald of student with the team. She concerns regarding the says she reported the track & field program. abuse to Mobley and Following the rewas told to “handle” lease of The Temple Patrick O’Connor / BOT chairman her “business.” Under News’ investigation of federal law, the univerthe track & field prosity would have been gram, Board of Trustees Chairman Pat- required to investigate the claim. rick O’Connor told the Inquirer that the The following year, Moore said university is examining the details of she informed Foley of how the misthe report. treatment she experienced while com“We will get a recommendation peting for Mobley and the program with respect as to how it was handled nearly led her to a suicide attempt in and next steps in the next several days,” her dorm room following an April 2011 O’Connor said last Wednesday. practice. A university spokesperson deEmails obtained by The Temple

News show Temple’s former Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw and former President Ann Weaver Hart were sent notification in 2011 of Moore’s claims of abuse and sexual harassment. Betzner said the university took Moore’s complaints seriously and conducted an investigation into the matter – one that included meetings with Moore, Moore’s family and coaches. Betzner said the university found Moore’s claims to be uncorroborated, but didn’t state whether other studentathletes besides Moore were consulted or approached during the course of the investigation. He attributed Moore’s revoked scholarship to her inability to “participate fully in team activities.” Moore missed the team’s final three regular season meets of the 2011 outdoor season after, according to interviews with members of her family, she was hospitalized due to her nearsuicide attempt. Last week’s Temple News investigation also detailed how the track & field teams competed without proper safety equipment, which led to at least one serious injury. In March 2012, former star runner Victoria Gocht was struck in the back by a discus during a practice, ending her career. The program was not utilizing a protective cage for its throwers, as the NCAA requires during competition and recom-

mends during practice. A year after suffering the injury, Gocht met with Foley to discuss her discomfort in returning to practice without a protective cage in place. Gocht said Foley ensured her that a cage had been purchased, but as recently as the end of this past season, it was not used. The track & field program began its season last weekend, as the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the Covered Bridge Open in Boone, North Carolina. Newly hired head coach Elvis Forde declined to comment on The Temple News investigation, but said he supports the vision Giunta and Athletic Director Kevin Clark have for the future of the track & field program. Forde added that, as the team moves into its second year in the American Athletic Conference, he wants to be a “father figure” for his studentathletes. “I’ll be someone to talk them up and motivate them from a psychological standpoint and make them feel like I’m here for them,” Forde said. “We’re all in this together.”

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STAFF REPORTS | graduates

Philly sees brain gain Graduates from local colleges and universities have increasingly chosen to stay in Philadelphia after receiving their diplomas. JARED WHALEN The Temple News In recent years, Philadelphia has seen a reverse in the economic dilemma of “brain drain,” a term used when college students graduate and find employment in a different town or city. According to Campus Philly, Philadelphia is the number one metropolitan area with regard to growth in the number of college-educated young adults. According to the 2012 American Community Survey, only 23 percent of Philadelphians have a bachelor’s degree or higher, but Philadelphia is beginning to retain its college graduates. This upward trend began between four and six years ago, recognized in the 2010 census data. The data showed that Philadelphia’s population rose for the first time in 50 years, with the gain consisting mostly of young adults. “We really don’t talk about brain drain anymore, primarily because Philadelphia has done exceedingly well in attracting millennials with college degrees,” said Deborah Diamond, president of Campus Philly. Campus Philly believes that this trend will only continue, in turn making Philadelphia a hotspot for young professionals. “Success begets success,” Diamond said. “This is kind of a flywheel situation where once a place is known as being a great place for young people with a degree, more people are attracted.” Because of this development, Campus Philly and higher education institutions are developing ways to expose students to the city, its various communities and the job opportunities that exist. “The campus community is a very powerful anchor,” Diamond said. “When that community goes away, what becomes of your community? Philadelphia has such great and interesting and accessible communities off campus that are already strong and filled with young people.” According to a survey of local colleges conducted by Campus Philly, nearly two-thirds of Temple students have plans to stay in the Philadelphia area after graduation. This was the case for Falyn Donaldson. Don-

aldson, who still visits Main Campus to walk her dog, graduated in 2014 with a degree in sports and recreation management with a minor in business management. She utilized Temple’s career resources when looking for a job. Two months after graduating, she began working for an advertising agency in Center City. “You just have to put in the work,” Donaldson said, expressing confidence in the Philadelphia job market. This is the attitude of many Temple students. Zachary Parnell, a finance major, will finish his junior year this semester. He said he has no doubt that he will be able to find a job in the city. “There’s a great job outlook for accountants everywhere,” Parnell said. “You know, I always have that part of me that wants to move out west, that wants me to move elsewhere because we’re never satisfied with where we’re at. But I definitely think that Philadelphia has job opportunities and I definitely plan to stay in the city after graduation.” This feeling is shared across different career fields. Austin Meyer, a secondary education major originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said he sees benefits to staying in Philadelphia. “I think [the job market is] better than where I’m from,” Meyer said. Diamond believes that this attraction to the city can be attributed to job opportunity and quality of life. “Those are the two things driving this generation’s choice of where to live and much less where they’re from, where their family is and where they have former attachments to,” Diamond said. Referencing the book “The New Geography of Jobs” by Enrico Moretti, Diamond suggested that those in the creative and knowledge economy want to be around similar people and that doing so leads to a stimulated and inspired workforce. “What you’re finding now are clusters of highly skilled workers gravitating towards certain metropolises, and Philadelphia is one of those,” Diamond said. The evidence projects good things for the city’s future. “The fact that we have a head start and that we’ve been seeing this trend for the last four to six years means that we’re only going to see more of this success in the future,” Diamond said. *

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In 2013, more than 9,000 students graduated from Temple, marking the university’s largest graduating class ever.

University participates in economic growth campaign Retaining graduates in the area is one of the campaign’s main goals. LOGAN BECK The Temple News Temple will be one of the sponsors for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce’s city planning campaign, called “Roadmap for Growth.” According to the GPCC website, the objective of the campaign is “to have a dialogue about economic growth issues, job creation and the election for Mayor of Philadelphia.” Temple is one of six contributing sponsors to the campaign. Additional sponsors of the program include Comcast, PECO Energy and 39 partners, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. “We’re one of the largest employers in Philadelphia, so we felt it was important to be involved in an initiative that was promoting growth in Philadelphia,” said Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs. As part of the campaign, the GPCC will host town hall meetings throughout the city to allow citizens to voice their opinions and ideas relating to the local economy and job market. There will also be issue forums for Philadelphia residents to discuss their ideas about improving conditions. The campaign, which began in August, will hold three issue meetings in November, January 2015 and March 2015 before the next mayor is elected in November 2015. A final presentation of proposals will be given to the newly elected mayor in Fall 2015. Lawrence said the university will host one of the scheduled large issue-forums on different public policy topics. Temple may also host meetings for each councilmanic district, Lawrence added. “Then, after the next mayor is elected, they will have an initiative to provide counsel to the

mayor as he’s setting up his government,” Lawrence said. “That’s going to be a great opportunity for our faculty members, administration, and potentially students to be involved in trying to set up the next government.” Other university officials that will be actively involved are Vice President for Strategic Marketing and Communications Karen Clarke and President Theobald, who is involved with the GPCC and serves as the co-chair of the College and University President’s Council. “One of the four main policy recommendations of this campaign is focused on producing a well-educated workforce,” Clarke told The Temple News. “Temple is uniquely positioned to play a key role in educating the workforce that powers Philadelphia.” Clarke added that Temple’s faculty will be encouraged to contribute ideas for developing the campaign’s growth strategies in areas like public policy, entrepreneurship and economics. “Temple and the city of Philadelphia have a dynamic relationship,” Clarke said. “We are intricately related to one another.” Lawrence said the research being done to help determine what kind of policies will help bring companies to Philadelphia will be an opportunity for Temple to collect and analyze the same data. He also encourages student attendance at the issue forum when it is held at the university. “A large part of the initiative is trying to hear from all different levels of constituents,” Lawrence said. “But I think for students once you graduate you’re going to want a job, so I think it would be an opportunity for students to get involved in saying what types of things would make Philadelphia a place where they would want to settle down in.” The location for the first Roadmap for Growth has yet to be determined. *

Disabilities office launches electronic application program MyDRS makes it easier for students with disabilities to file for academic accomodations. MARCUS MCCARTHY News Editor Applying for an academic accommodation for a disability will now be a paperless process after an electronic program, MyDRS, was launched last week after two years of development, administrators said. Through various tools, MyDRS allows students and professors to complete most of the process of applying and approving an academic accommodation. The program also allows students to digitally register with DRS and scheduling test dates. Additionally, MyDRS has been integrated with the university’s records-keeping program, Self Service Banner, so professors’ contact information is easily accessible. Future plans call for integrating MyDRS with TUportal. “It’s a lot more fluid now,” said Aaron Spector, associate director of disability resources and services. “Certain steps in the process can be accomplished online on a student or the professor’s own time. It makes some of these steps a 24-hour service.” Spector said the program is also more secure than the old largely paper system. “There’s always the risk of paper just being out there,” Spector said. “What’s nice about


An online program called MyDRS allows students with a documented disability to complete most of the process for receiving an academic accommodation. The paperless system streamlines the process.

MyDRS is that the student’s confidential letter is only accessible with a secure Temple login to both the student and the faculty member.” Although MyDRS still requires students to interact face-to-face with professors and DRS staff, the previous system required students to serve a larger role as a liaison between their pro-

fessors and DRS. In March, David Harris, a former student in the social work department who graduated two weeks ago, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that the requirement to submit accommodation requests for his bipolar disorder in person

allowed for staff to question his application. “It was a form of structural violence,” Harris recently told The Temple News in a phone interview. Additionally, Harris said he was called “an irritant” by staff members for filing the grievance. Harris said he later found out in a letter that his case was reviewed but had been dismissed. Nonetheless, Harris said he feels his grievance hastened the release of MyDRS. Spector declined to comment on the specific case, citing confidentiality requirements. However, Spector said MyDRS was long in development and was not hurried beyond its estimated schedule. He said the employee side of the program had been implemented in Fall 2013. Spector added that the program was developed over two years. Additionally, a 2007 external program review of DRS indicated “a critical need” for a database program in the department. Regardless of the program’s implementation timeline, Harris said he is satisfied with the outcome. “I aimed for removing a practice of hand delivering requests,” Harris said, “and I got it ... I have no further complaints.” * ( 215.204.1020 T @MarcusMcCarthy6




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Keeping debates safe Temple, as a diverse insti- action, spoken words have tute of higher learning, should consequences. It is the responbe expected to create a safe and sibility of students to be mindopen environful of their own ment for disactions and how Students bear the cussion and they impact the responsibility of holding safety of their debate. safe, amicable debates. environment. When the world experiThe univerences large-scale conflict, it sity, as an organization, is not at is only natural that the politi- fault because Daniel Vessal was cal and cultural aspects of that assaulted during Temple Fest. conflict will be discussed in As reporters from The Temple an academic environment. The News were present to witness, current conflict in Gaza doesn’t Temple police officers respondjust inspire debate – it requires ed within moments of the alterit. cation, along with Temple EMS Administrators would be personnel who followed shortly sorely remiss if they didn’t al- after. It was not a lack of prelow and encourage student or- caution that caused Vessal to be ganizations supporting both struck. Israel and Palestine to exist and In addition, Temple cannot function. Thus far, such organi- be expected to guarantee that zations are established on Main no further conflict occurs – the Campus and have actively cam- university can only remind its paigned on behalf of both coun- students of their own responsitries. bility to treat each other civilly However, students and and continue to address indithe community at large must vidual situations when students remember: the university pro- do not do so. tects all speech, but privileges The university is entrusted none. Temple cannot provide with establishing a safe enspecial protections to any one vironment for students of all group that seeks to have its backgrounds. Students should voice heard – this would indi- not forget that they, in turn, cate bias, which the university share in the duty to maintain the must avoid. safety of that environment by Student organizations have interacting respectfully, since freedom of speech. As adults, together they create the Temple students should recognize the community. responsibility that accompanies that right. Just like any other




Dec. 2, 1938: The football team went on to defeat the Florida Gators the next day for the final game of the 1938 season – despite this reporter’s description of the season as “disastrous.” The Owls’ recent victory over Vanderbilt on Aug. 28 was the first time Temple defeated a Southeastern Conference team since this game.

Pushing students away More than a month after the Breaking down the numBoard of Trustees announced bers, an average Temple student that tuition would increase by paid more than $800 a month in $600 during the 2014-15 aca- 2012-13 to live in a Templedemic school year, Chief Fi- affiliated dorm, according to nancial Officer and Treasurer the National Center for EducaKen Kaiser said tion Statistics. room and board While tuition and housing An off-campus increases were hikes are necessary, they apartment goes likely in the for about $600 will continue to drive near future. students to live off campus. a month. The posAv e r a g e sible increase room rates comes as an effort to “make at Temple have increased by housing profitable by 2018.” $2,804 between the 2000-01 But the higher rates could academic year and the 2012-13 have the reverse effect, fur- year, according to the NCES. ther pushing students to other And it seems the increase cheaper, non-Temple affiliated is already driving students elseoptions. where. Morgan Hall, built two Temple – which only proyears ago at a cost of $216 vides dorm options for 16.6 million, was constructed in percent of its students, the lowan effort to make more hous- est of the top five universities in ing options available on Main Philadelphia – has vacancies. Campus to keep students from On Aug. 27, the Office of moving offsite. University Housing and Resi“First and foremost, there’s dential Life sent an email to the a demand for on-campus hous- student body informing that oning,” Michael Scales, associate campus options were still availvice president for student af- able. fairs told The Temple News last If making housing profityear. “We fill a concern that’s able is the main target, then the valued. We’re filling concerns university should rely less on from campus safety services to student revenue, and more so proximity, to resources.” on providing housing for atHowever, students of Phil- tendees of “high-end” conferadelphia’s “public university” ences in Philadelphia. cannot continue to be expected That way, Morgan Hall to reach into their pockets to might be worth the money it pay for the housing office’s ac- took to build. cumulating debt.

CORRECTIONS 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 Avery Maehrer at or 215.204.6737.

COMMENTARY | Community

Police brutality exists closer to home Incidents like Mike Brown’s murder happen in many cities, including Philadelphia.


fter the violent killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Roger Clegg of the National Review said, “One incident, no matter how dramatic, is not a universal proof.” But this implies that police brutality is a rare occurrence in the United States. Riots are uncomfortable. It’s much easier for unaffected civilians to pretend that abuse like this rarely happens, to turn off their televisions and reassure themGRACE HOLLERAN selves that the police are doing their jobs correctly. The truth is, if Ferguson-esque riots erupted every time a citizen was abused in Philadelphia, our city would quickly become a warzone. The Police Advisory Commission released public data regarding police complaints dated from 2009-12. Kelvyn Anderson, executive director of the PAC, told Philly that the complaints only represent a subset of the total data. But from the 455 complaints the PAC shared, it’s clear that many civilians have felt wronged by Philadelphia police. According to the data, 130 of the complaints regarded “physical abuse” – that’s almost 30 percent. In addition, six instances of “police shootings” were reported. Thirty-one of the total complaints came from District 22 – the jurisdiction that Main Campus falls under. Numbers like this make Mike Brown seem like much less of a “dramatic incident.” To make matters more concerning, the bubble of campus is not safe from the violence that occurs in District 22. In November 2013, The Temple News reported that about 100 community members gathered to stage a riot against police brutality. The protest, which became a march to the 22nd District Police Station at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue, was

a reaction to police assaults on Temple students. Sabrina Sample, a liberal arts major, told reporters for that she and a friend were victimized near the site of the rally. The Temple News reported that the incident occurred at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue – right outside the Dunkin’ Donuts I stop at daily for coffee. Ian Lewis, a tourism and hospitality management major, had an even more dramatic story. According to attendees of the protest, he stood next to an enlarged photo of his face after he was beaten by Temple police and spoke about the injustices he felt were imposed on him. “Police officers are dependent on the system,” he said. Lewis told that he had to miss his finals exams and was handcuffed to a hospital bed for eight hours. Sample said both Philadelphia and Temple cops harassed her. As students, we should feel that police, especially campus police, are protecting us. Thankfully, neither Sample nor Lewis lost their lives as a result of their experiences. But Mike Brown did. If state and federal governments can overlook the crimes that happened to Brown, Sample and Lewis, how safe should we really feel? Most of my experiences with the police in my area have been negative – mainly consisting of officers yelling at me for walking by myself. No one has laid a hand on me, but that’s not what’s important. What’s important is that the job of police – to protect and serve – has been compromised. Seeing it compromised in Ferguson was one thing, but incidents of brutality on campus make this seemingly far-off issue become pressing. And it certainly doesn’t make us feel protected. As long as some police officers are abusing their positions, whether in Ferguson or North Philadelphia, there is enough reason to feel unsafe. The riots in Missouri may be extreme, but on Main Campus, they can serve as a talking point for problems that are certainly not going away.

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erupted every time a citizen was abused in Philadelphia, our city would quickly become a warzone.

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COMMENTARY | activism

Get the facts before condemning SJP Students Swiftly combat racism The university should have investigated the Temple Fest incident fairly.


f you even opened the email, you probably thought nothing of it. But there’s much more going on behind the “incident” during Welcome Week than you may realize. On Aug. 21, Vice President of Student Affairs Theresa Powell sent an email to the Temple community regarding an “an act of violence” that occurred at Temple Fest, which included “reports of religious slurs and insults.” TYLER HORST The email is evenly worded, with no mention of the names of the people or groups allegedly involved, but implying that the incident was “marred” by “religious slurs” before the claim is substantiated only taints the investigation. The Temple News reported that the alleged assault took place by the informational table for Students for Justice in Palestine. Senior management information systems major Daniel Vessal approached the table and a verbal dispute ensued. A student acquainted with several of the SJP members – not a member himself, according to a press release from SJP – struck Vessal across the face. However, the true nature of the incident have been heavily disputed. The details that matter have been reported differently by Vessal and by the women managing SJP’s table. Vessal said that he was punched in the face with a closed fist and taunted with anti-Semitic slurs. In a statement from SJP on Aug. 21, the student organization denied any such insults were uttered by anyone present. Instead, it alleged that Vessal was harassing the


women, calling them “terrorists” and “Hamas,” returning to the table multiple times despite requests that he leave them alone. Suddenly, Vessal’s free speech sounds a lot more like fighting words. The situation needs more than a fair investigation; it needs to be honestly and transparently reported to the Temple community. In a Q-and-A posted on the Temple University website, university spokesman Brandon Lausch wrote, “The University does not release details of investigations like this, in order to prevent bias in the judicial process.” But they’ve already said too much – and it’s hard not to see the bias. Despite a statement from Powell specifying that “there is no change in the status of SJP,” the investigation has been treating the group unfairly. “It’s quite shocking that they’re throwing this all at SJP,” said Rose Daraz, the organization’s president. According to the senior journalism major, the university has hardly taken any steps to hear from SJP. Despite university officials stating they would reach out to “Jewish and Pro-Palestinian communities,” Daraz said Temple Police waited three days to contact SJP for comments about the incident. Temple seems more concerned with covering itself and assuring the public that it is staunchly anti-violence than ensuring that justice is done. President Theobald proved this when he addressed the student community about the altercation in a Temple Student Government meeting on Aug. 25. “There is no place on the university campus for violence,” he said. While physical violence should always be taken seriously, it’s of utmost priority for the university to ensure that all students are given a fair trial – no matter how contentious the un-

derlying issues. Don’t ask what Temple can do to prevent these kinds of “attacks” in the future, as some students have done. Demand that the university treat all its students and organizations as innocent until proven guilty. Until we know that there is any truth behind Vessal’s allegations, nobody should even mention the words “hate crime,” as Aron Hier, campus outreach director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the incident when he spoke to Daraz expressed disbelief that SJP would be accused of anti-Semitism, especially considering that the organization has Jewish members. Since news of the incident, Christian-Jewish Allies, Philadelphia Jews for a Just Peace, and the Philadelphia chapter of Jewish Voice for Peace have released statements attesting to SJP’s commitment to non-violence and openness as an organization. “SJP has always been against all forms of racism,” Daraz said. “We’ve never condoned any act of physical violence.” If Temple wants to truthfully say that it “unequivocally condemns in the strongest possible terms the disparagement of any person or persons based on religion, nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation or identity,” as it has reiterated when reached for comments, then it needs to investigate SJP’s allegations as thoroughly as Vessal’s. Things get messy when they come out of a conflict as difficult as the Israel-Palestine debate. But it’s when situations are most challenging that justice and a clear head are most necessary.

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Struggling in Silence

The passing of Robin Williams had a profound effect on a student with clinical depression.


By Victoria Szafara

hen I was first confronted with the news of Robin Williams’ death, I did what I felt was only natural: discounted the news as fake, like when Justin Bieber died for half a day in March 2012 and every preteen girl had a meltdown on social media. By the time I had read the news from several reputable sources, I couldn’t deny that which I fiercely did not want to believe. Never once had I thought it was possible for this funny man – this character I loved growing up with, this charismatic, talented person so full of life on screen – to struggle for that life when the cameras were turned away. I think it’s fair to say that most of his fans were shocked. But as I sat there processing the news, I couldn’t help but feel that his suicide actually wasn’t that shocking. In fact, his story was familiar. For 18 years I had always been the performer, from school talent shows to the debate team’s captain to high school valedictorian. To my friends and family I was the lovable goofball – quirky and confident, quick to crack a painfully corny joke and always smiling. To everyone, it seemed like I was thriving, but that perception was deeply shaken in August 2013 when I made the decision to take my own life. My story is nothing most people haven’t heard before. It is the story of Owen Wilson and Donna Summer, Freud and Hemingway, of the late, great Robin Williams and so many others who struggled to live with or died from depression. The difference between what happened to Williams and to me stems from the fact that I got the help that I so desperately needed, and I continue to live with my depression – my manic depression. Williams lived with his mental disorder, but struggled in silence. What else could he do? In a business for people pleasers, he was adored and admired onstage. Breaking character and letting his depression show wouldn’t be what the public wanted from their championed actor. But Hollywood is not the only place where people feel forced to play the roles of happy and confident. With the aid of medication, therapy, and support from family and friends, I am in a tremendously better place than I was one year ago, but as a college student, at times I still find myself that performer of years past. It sometimes feels foolish to complain about my depressed mood due to lack of sleep when I’m aware most people around me wish they’d slept more too. I didn’t want to be the one who skips out on parties because my meds

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Protests are more successful through local involvement than they are through social media.


t’s the end of the summertime in an even-numbered year, which can only mean one thing: Taylor Swift will be releasing a new album soon, and both her singles and critics’ complaints about her perceived lack of talent will inundate our ears and News Feeds for weeks. One thing that is evident and undeniable about Swift is that she has a savvy business sense; she knows what her market is and what they want to hearDespite all her successes – millions upon millions of album and single sales, awards practically shoved in her BEN D’ANNIBALE face and being a media darling with nary a scandalous story attached to her name – she has been able to crank out hits like a machine while leisurely transitioning from country to pop, as well painting herself as the “outcast,” thus making herself as relatable as possible to the widest demographic. All of these things seem to point to the fact that Swift is in complete control of her career and knows exactly what implications the choices she makes will have on this perfectly crafted image of hers. This brings me to her latest single and its accompanying video, an unabashed pop earworm called “Shake It Off.” A catchy little number about how Swift doesn’t respond to her “haters,” it depicts her in various scenes attempting to dance in different styles with professionals. These styles include modern, ballet, lyrical and – most controversially – twerking. I know what you may be thinking, especially if you, like me, are against any kind of racism, sexism or other -isms which rightly receive vitriol from peers in the activist-minded environment of a university setting. Swift has been accused of appropriating caricatures of black women in order to develop her artistic image. However, consider what actually happens in the video. Swift’s self-deprecating attitude demonstrates that she is in no way skilled enough even to attempt the styles of dance which are being portrayed as needing immense practice and artistry, because she is simply an ordinary girl. By portraying the twerking style among other well-established styles of dance, does she not imply that it is on the same artistic plane as the others? I would understand anger if she had only used people of color for the segments a la Miley Cyrus, but she makes sure that almost every single group of dancers shown is racially diverse. My time spent at Temple has been unbelievably eye-opening on a personal level. I’ve been exposed to social injustices – readily evident or otherwise – that were not discussed at my mostly white, upper middle class prep school. I feel uneasy about the amount of undue criticism Swift’s video has received, especially from peers whose viewpoints I generally respect. Is posting a music video to Facebook decrying its racist undertones really accomplishing much? If we as a community are to combat racism, shouldn’t we focus on issues that surround us instead, such as the university’s uneasy relationship with the community surrounding it or the atrocities in our African-American Studies department? Payne Schroeder, a student involved with the movement to reinstate Dr. Anthony Monteiro, believes that social media can have a much stronger effect when Temple students are united for a cause on which they are able to have a direct impact. Schroeder, a senior political science major, said that the campaign created several Facebook event pages to boost attendance for rallies. Although the movement primarily revolved around getting the former Temple professor rehired, another large problem the students focused on was racial issues. “We also broadcasted our efforts on Twitter and blogged about the gentrification of North Philly and labor issues at Temple on our Tumblr,” Schroeder said.“Our broadcasting on social media eventually got us radio and print interviews.” If the goal is to stop race-based discrimination, posting a link to a song by a popular artist will not help the cause. By sharing Swift’s video, are we not accomplishing exactly what she and her record label want, whether you support her or not? No matter who is viewing it, the video is still getting massive amounts of clicks from unknowing “activists.” With a campus as diverse and motivated to action as ours, Temple students with an interest in activism should feel compelled to participate in ways that can elicit tangible results.

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make me tired early in the night, or because my mind had been racing all day and I need to calm down. Sometimes just talking to others makes me feel unnaturally nervous. Everyday activities, like tests and classes, take on a whole new level of anxiety when I’m suffering with my mood disorder. I want to feel constant affirmation, but failures are inevitable in our endeavors to “make it” socially, academically and eventually professionally. Instead of craving this, I’ve found ways to live with it – whether that be that through going to counseling, throwing myself into my passions and sometimes some less-positive alternatives. But I know it doesn’t have to be that way. Everyone was shocked to learn of Robin Williams’ passing because they couldn’t fathom that the happiness they saw in him was only part


of his story. The truth is, many of us as students can relate to Williams, and on Main Campus, we will find plenty of men and women dealing with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or other results of chemical imbalance. We may never know who is coping, but if we as a school community can be understanding and aware, maybe there will be some, if only one, who shakes that feeling to perform. *


Students who feel they are in need of mental health support can contact Tuttleman Counseling Services at 215-204-7276. The Suicide/Crisis Intervention Hotline for Philadelphia is 215-686-4420.


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IN THE NATION UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEANS FACE REVIEW Three University of Miami deans were recently vehemently rejected due to a policy allowing faculty members to vote on retaining their deans. Experts in higher education management question if it is wise to allow all faculty members to cast a simple “yes” or “no” ballot on such an important matter. Zeddie Bowen, a consultant with the Association of Governing Boards and Universities and Colleges, told the Chronicle of Higher Education that a “strong faculty role is increasingly recognized by colleges and universities nationwide as valuable in review of deans and provosts,” but he questioned whether all faculty members are positioned to provide useful input. At Temple, deans are subject to performance reviews every five years from a committee selected by the president or provost with input from the faculty senate. The review includes anonymous surveys and interviews with the dean and other university administrators. –Rachael Clark U.S. NEWS RANKING ALTERNATIVE TO BE ANNOUNCED The New York Times will unveil a new ranking of colleges next weekbased on their ability to attract underprivileged students. Other college ranking sites like U.S. News & World Report have been criticized for contributing to a lack in socioeconomic diversity among higher education. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, critics of the U.S. News rankings said they create incentives to reduce class sizes and increase faculty salaries, rather than increasing financial aid for needy students. David Leonhardt, the New York Times editor of the ranking, told the Chronicle he hopes the ranking encourages universities to expand their socioeconomic diversity and invest more in financial aid. –Rachael Clark AUBURN STUDENT NEWSPAPER STOLEN FROM STANDS More than 1,000 copies of The Auburn Plainsman were stolen from newsstands on campus last week. The copies of the Thursday issue vanished from newsstands in the Auburn, Alabama school’s student center as well as four classroom buildings and a dining hall. The staff of The Plainsman, Auburn University’s student newspaper, reported the theft to the Auburn Police, who turned the investigation over to the university police. Plainsman staff reported financial losses of almost $800. “We value our First Amendment right to disseminate information to the public through our products,” a statement by the Plainsman staff read, “and we hope those responsible for infringing upon those rights will come forward and do the right thing.” –Joe Brandt

CAMPUS SCIENCE AND RESEARCH BUILDING NEARS COMPLETION The $137 million Science Education and Research Center is nearing completion, concluding the two year construction near 12th Street and Polett Walk. The 247,000 square foot building is part of the university’s 20/20 plan to revitalize the campus. Despite a partial floor collapse during construction in Summer 2013, the building is set to open its doors on time. With its finalization, the SERC building will contain programs from six different departments including biology, chemistry and physics. The building addresses specific needs for different areas of study, including insufficient space for research in the CST departments. The sevenstory building boasts the latest in hands on technology, unique lecture labs and dedicated fieldwork facilities. A vibration-free microscope facility, clean rooms to monitor air particles, variable air pressure labs and groundwater monitoring wells will be among the 52 research labs and 16 teaching labs available to undergraduates. –Patrick McCarthy

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BUDGET budget, this can be achieved by “controlling expenses while implementing new efficiencies and diversifying revenues.” At the February meeting, now-former trustee John Campolongo asked Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Scales what other revenue could be brought in to forestall future room and board increases. Scales mentioned the newly built Morgan Hall and said he was hopeful it could draw revenue from hosting conferences and other events. “It is one of our objectives to grow revenue as much as possible,” Scales said in a phone interview last week. “We will wean ourselves off [of university subvention].” Scales said Temple’s most successful conference venture is with Teach for America, for which visitors stay in 1300 residence hall or Temple Towers. “Morgan isn’t defining our conference programs,” Scales said. “It just added to it.” Morgan Hall, he said, could generate more interest in higher-end conferences, but that market was still develop-

ing. There is hope that visitors to Philadelphia will look at Temple as a “good alternative” to Center City hotels, Scales added. “Say there’s a group that wants to come to Philadelphia for a conference and doesn’t want to pay $200 a night,” Scales said. “They could come stay with us for $60 a night.” The building’s 27th floor boasts a view of Center City and has hosted trustees meetings and luncheons honoring notable alumni. Scales declined to reveal plans for utilizing that space, but he said the most popular space in Morgan was on the third floor of the dining complex. Conference revenue is listed as “other income” on the housing budget and amounted to $1.6 million for the office in Fiscal Year 2014. The February projections listed $1.8 million in conference revenue for Fiscal Year 2015. Kaiser said the conference revenue would not be enough to prevent a future increase, but noted that “ some schools that do generate a significant amount of income from conferences.” Under Temple’s decentralized budget plan, arms of the university are responsible for their own revenues and expens-

Goldenberg Development Group bought the property in 2008 for $10.75 million and constructed The View.


Issues linger at The View With occupancy filled, residents shared their observations of the security gaps and maintenance issues. NATHALIE SWANN The Temple News The View at Montgomery, the new 14-floor, suite-style apartment building on 12th and Montgomery streets, filled all available 832 beds for this semester, but the building is still hindered by some maintenance and security issues. The building began leasing in January and continued until August. Mark Caltabiano, general manager of The View, said the building reached its maximum occupancy by move-in day, with tenants ranging from freshman to Ph.D. students. Kaitlin Cornelius, an undecided student in the School of Media and Communication living in The View, said she has yet to sign in one of her guests. “They just come in with me,” Cornelius said. “It’s really [relaxed]. With the way it’s set up I can just walk straight to the elevators and they don’t really ask me anything. I guess if I can walk in like that, anyone can.” “The elevators take way too long,” said Jon Han, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. Han said Saturday that two of the building’s four elevators were out of service. The apartments were also advertised as fully equipped with a gym and game room. “They promised a 24-hour game room,” said Brendan Malm, an undeclared freshman in the Fox School of Business and resident at the View at Montgomery. “I es. Some offices, like housing, receive university subvention, or money from the central body of the university to help cover expenses. Offices must also pay their share of costs incurred by the central body of the university. The last fiscal year, the housing

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went to ask them about it and they showed me to a little part of the sky lounge with four computers. That’s the game room.” Prices this semester ranged from $745 to $925 per month, with the exception of the exclusive studio apartments which went for approximately $1,400 per month, Caltabiano said. The building has an 11,000-squarefoot lobby and hosts two restaurants: Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Chipotle, that latter of which has not yet opened. “There are two remaining spaces [for businesses] which we’re actively working to lease up,” said Kevin M. Trapper, development director of The View and senior vice president of Goldenberg Development Group. “We have several prospects ... but until the lease is signed we’re not at liberty to say who they are,” Trapper said. Goldenberg Group purchased the land in 2008 for $10.75 million, in partnership

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Temple officials said it is likely that room and board will have to increase due to a budget gap.

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Residents began moving into the building on Aug. 21.

office paid $2.5 million in sharing central costs, but this fiscal year’s share of central costs will be about $4 million.

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with the community development department of the Bright Hope Baptist Church across the street from the property. The block was formerly home to the John Wanamaker Middle School. “There was never any set plan for [the land] other than that it may be student housing and there would certainly be a community aspect to it,” Trapper said. “The View at Montgomery is just the first phase of the plan. The remainder of the ground we still own and we’re now starting to work on what develops there in the future.” Trapper declined to disclose what future developments are being planned, saying, “right now we’re looking at all possibilities. It will roll into the community and also what benefits the university.”

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Officials said conference revenue may help close the budget gap.


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or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights handles complaints from the public. They accept complaints from alleged victims, their parents or guardians, or anyone else who feels an institution is not in compliance. Borschel said her complaint stated that she wanted three of the cut programs reinstated. “I want baseball, softball, and gymnastics brought back,” Borschel said. “That would make things fair.” In a statement, a university spokesperson acknowledged the complaint was filed. “The university is fully cooperating with OCR,” the statement reads. The spokesperson declined further comment. In many court cases where men had filed complaints and Title IX was cited, the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was also cited, which provides for equal protection under the law. For example, in Mississippi University for Women v. Hogan, the court


held that all-female nursing schools could not prevent a man from attending for-credit courses. In May, the DOE listed 55 institutions nationwide that are “under investigation for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.” Temple is one of five schools in Pennsylvania that made the list. Temple has lost a Title IX challenge regarding funding for female sports in the past. In the 1982 decision Haffer v. Temple University, the Third Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals held that even programs not directly funded with federal assistance were subject to Title IX compliance. OCR continues to investigate the complaint, though Borschel could not say where the parties were in the process. Generally, there is a mediation attempt followed by a formal investigation if mediation fails. Either side can concede at any time. “They [OCR] haven’t given me a timetable,” Borschel said. “But I’m not going away.” *




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Huner Anwer, a 28-year-old graduate student studying civil engineering, recalls how his childhood in Iraq shaped his future. PAGE 1



The Board of Trustees recently extended gym hours, allowing several new fitness sessions to be implemented. PAGE 8 PAGE 7

For geeky group, a geeky award

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Connor Griffin (left), Brendan Grant, Chris Murray, Jake Mattern. Connor Griffin and Brendan Grant created Wandering Studios while they were in high school.

A student-run film organization was nominated for a Philly Geek Award. KARLINA JONES The Temple News


ive junior film and media arts majors were flattered and humbled. Their self-run organization, Wandering Studios, recently earned third place out of almost 500 nominations for a Philadelphia Geek Award, in the category “Streaming Media.” Their project, “Panel by Panel,” is a web series that features comedy shorts that poke fun at what the project’s writer, senior Daniel Foster calls "the geek world." It first premiered in the Fall 2013 semester. “It is cool to know that we were one of the top nominees,” Connor Griffin, Wandering Studios’ founder and president, said. Senior Connor Griffin and Vice President Brendan Grant created Wandering Studios during their senior year of high school after they began crafting short films. “When we got to Temple, I said,

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Junior film and media arts major Brendan Grant practices walking with a Steadicam during a group meeting.

‘We should make this a bigger thing,'" Griffin said. Almost a year after saying that, Griffin and Grant turned Wandering

Studios into a student organization in the Spring 2014 semester. “We are slowly getting bigger and bigger,” Chris Murray, the group’s

treasurer, said. “It allows us to make more content.” Foster said he wanted to make the show similar to the hit CBS sitcom

“The Big Bang Theory,” but with a twist that he calls “the anti-big bang.” “I wanted to make a show that embraces [geek culture],” Foster said. “I think we found a good audience by embracing our quirkiness and being weird. I love super heroes. I love how more socially accepted it has become to be into that kind of content.” “Panel by Panel” featured two five-episode seasons. “The first season was like, ‘Oh, I have an idea for an episode.’ Then we went out and shot it,” Foster said. “The second season was our big arc overall, and it was more of a validation of what the project was.” The group has made attempts to provide its audience with edgy material. “There was an episode where [the characters] were on a heist because they adversely stole panties from another character and they were finding way to return them,” Foster said. One of the main goals for the group was to successfully produce a comical satire of geek life. Foster said he wanted to wrap up the second season by making the “geeks,” which is what he called the various characters in the show, grow up.


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Professors shift to new online sources, save students money As textbook costs rise, teachers have looked for new methods to get their points across. LORA STRUM The Temple News Kristine Weatherston, an assistant media studies and production professor, doesn't think wallets have to shrink when minds expand. “Knowledge should be free,” Weatherston said. In an effort to improve conceptual knowledge and reduce financial strain, Temple University Libraries collaborated with the Alternative Textbook Project to replace costly textbooks with innovative alternatives. Weatherston is one of many faculty members who applied to the Alternative Textbooks Project since its 2011 introduction. The project asks professors to replace a textbook in their syllabus with an alternative source.

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Sources must be available to students with disabilities, transferable to future courses and more cost-effective than the textbook. Winning applicants are awarded a $1,000 grant to design lesson plans around selected alternatives. Weatherston, the most recent recipient of the $1,000 grant, plans to use two websites, archive. org and The Center for Media and Social Impact at American University, in her documentary course to educate her students on fair use and copyright regulations. The integration of open-source materials will save each of her students an estimated $60, she said. “MSP is moving away from traditional learning sources faster than other courses,” Weatherston said. “[The grant] hit me…[when] I was looking to make this shift anyway. It was a great incentive to get paid for this work. I’m very honored.” Open-source materials, including the myriad databases available to students via Temple Uni-

versity Libraries, provide current information fect to create a “symphony of sounds,” she said. free of charge to students. As opposed to some However, Weatherston expressed concern about textbooks, which Weatherston making the best decision in each said “talk about YouTube like it’s situation. new,” these open-source materi“I’m still the gatekeeper of als, including YouTube videos and the information,” Weatherston digital camera tutorials available said. “That’s what professors do; on smartphones, increase acceswe hone the info that’s specific sibility when teaching a range of for the course and make sure it’s students. relevant, correct and modern.” “Not everybody learns the In her efforts to circumvent same way,” Weatherston said. “If the Internet’s distractions while I can present the same knowledge properly vetting sources, Weathin three or four different ways, if I erston looks for certain credencan get a multimedia presentation tials that leverage one source over ready, then I’m reaching my stuanother. Preferable for her course dent audiences in ways that they Kristine Weatherston / professor was someone who had made a can access information.” documentary or taught documenIn addition to increased accessibility, source tary studies, “not just someone from Netflix who diversity allows Weatherston to eliminate the watches documentaries and writes a review.” single-authored textbooks’ “voice of God” ef-


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Organization picks up where others left off Temple Theater’s newest organization, Sidestage Season, is looking to even the playing-field this year. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor There have been many start-up organizations in Temple’s theater department that have fizzled out after a few short months. One group claims it’s here to stay. Temple Theater’s Sidestage Season, a project started by Spring 2014 alumni, was taken over late last spring by junior musical theater major, Alex Monsell. It is the first student-run organization in the department to successfully produce and see a show to fruition. The organization aims to “support student projects by providing them with both space and producers, while simultaneously allowing theatre students to hone their skills in a professional environment,” according to the organization’s website. “The reason [the organization] stuck this time was because it wasn’t just started by actors who wanted to act more,” Anjelica Vezzosi, a sophomore theater major and member of the organization, said. “This time it was started by a producer who really wanted to produce more shows and provide opportunities for everyone.” Monsell said he felt that there was a lack of opportunity for students to take charge of the productions, experience that is essential for a career in musical theater. “My main thing is that I want to give students the chance to make executive decisions,” Monsell said. “What’s happening currently is students are doing all the work and learning the skills but not making any of the decisions.” While Monsell acknowledges that it is a process of trial and error, he said that it is important for theater majors to take a hands-on approach. “Every semester you have to work on a show and you learn craftsman skills, which makes you a well-rounded artist,” Monsell said. “When you go out into the real world, though, you will have to make decisions. Inevitably mistakes will be made, but we’ll learn from them.” Student director John DiFerdinando and Monsell also agreed to take a democratic approach in choosing what shows to produce and which actors and crew


Actors from Sidestage Theater practice their lines for an upcoming performance.

members to cast. “I want to have a completely balanced season,” Monsell said. “I want it to come from the students, so we took a whole bunch of proposals and what I’m looking for is that everyone in the department has something to do.” For the first show, and likely future shows, DiFerdinando said they decided to keep it small, as the organization is new and an expensive production just isn’t feasible. “Musicals are a lot more expensive to do than plays,” DiFerdinando, a senior musical theater major, said. “But I knew I wanted to do a musical and I kept coming back to Stephen Sondheim because he’s one of my favorite composers and as a first time director, I knew I would have a good grasp on the material.” On Aug. 24, the organization kicked of the year with its production of Stephen Sondheim’s, “Putting it Together,” a showcase of some of Sondheim’s most famous compositions. Since the organization is new and doesn’t have the funds to work with, they had to turn to outside sources. The group found two people willing to help.

“[The show] was funded entirely by me and my parents,” DiFerdinando said. “We ended up making a profit – more than we thought, and we plan to use whatever is left over after budgeting for other productions.” The organization can now start fresh with their upcoming production of “The Indian Wants the Bronx,” set to begin on Friday, Sept. 12. at the Randall Theater. While Monsell is directing this second production, he and DiFerdinando said they think that after the success of the first show, more students will be open to getting involved. “This whole organization is just meant to kind of fit the students,” DiFerdinando said. “I think before, since its been a big issue up in the air for so long people were leery about its success. Now that they see something tangible in front of them, I expect it to gain a lot of support.” * T @Alexa_Bricker17 AMANDA SHAFFERN TTN

Junior Alex Monsell founded Sidestage Season.


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Extended gym hours bring new fitness sessions Changes to Campus Recreation will allow the addition of group fitness sessions featuring Bosu pilates, Tabata and hip-hop. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News Campus Recreation recently received approval from the Board of Trustees to expand gym hours department-wide for the upcoming fiscal year. The change will affect the Independence Blue Cross Recreational Center, recreational activities in Pearson and McGonigle, Temple University Fitness and Temple Administrative Services Building’s corporate fitness center. “About two or three years ago we took a 2 percent budget cut and trimmed down hours during breaks and summers,” said Steve Young, director of campus recreation. “Because the facilities have become more crowded, my vice president, Theresa Powell, found the expansion of hours to be a priority.” Young said that on a normal weekday about 5,000 people visit the IBC and TUF facilities alone. He said that the addition of Morgan Hall also helped to make the case.

“With the foot traffic from Morgan Hall, the ticipants in our full body toning, 30/30 Cardio demand for sessions like Zumba, and the large with strength training and boot camp sessions.” volume of people in the weight room, the only Among other strength training sessions comway that you can avoid squeezing is to expand,” ing to the IBC this year are Tabata – an intense, Young said. “This should make open-ended 20-second intereverything a much more safe and val workout – and Bosu Pilates, pleasant experience for the stuwhich focuses on balance and dents.” muscle stabilization via the Bosu Due to the expansion of hours, ball. new fitness sessions will be of“Bosu balls are really good fered at the IBC this fall. Anthony for any type of workout,” said Alongi, a fitness coordinator from Kristine Polizzano, a group fitCampus Recreation, is in charge of ness leader who will be teaching ordering new equipment. a Bosu boot camp session at the “The equipment is a pretty IBC. “When you do squats on it, substantial addition, which is a for example, it works your quads pretty big thing,” Alongi said. “It’s and glutes way more because you incorporated in student fees so we are exercising the tiny muscles don’t really go about buying a lot surrounding them. It is hard to do usually. It’s up to the group fitness that when someone does squats Kristine Polizzano / fitness leader leaders to decide which new ones normally.” they want to use.” Polizzano said that any exerAlongi said that the new sescise during a regular boot camp sions will include loaded weight bars and Bosu fitness session can incorporate the Bosu ball. ball equipment, which Campus Recreation re“Boot camp is a high-impact all-over body cently acquired. workout, so the Bosu balls will definitely mix “We used to only have body bars that were things up in a good way,” Polizzano said. “The restricted with certain weights,” Alongi said. fact that you can you can do all of the boot camp “The loaded weight bars will definitely help par- cardio on it will help students get a really good

“We’re all here

for the common reason that we enjoy working out, but we also want to share knowledge with others.

workout during the session.” A hip-hop session will also be offered this year to give students more cardio options, Alongi said. “We’ve seen such a rise in our Zumba sessions that we thought that it was a great idea to add the hip-hop,” Alongi said. “The hip-hop will give students the opportunity to get a similar workout to Zumba so that there will be less crowding.” IBC hours will increase by 10 percent each week beginning this fall. Pearson and McGonigle basketball court hours will also increase by 10 percent, TUF will increase by 5 percent and the Pearson McGonigle pool hours will increase by 18 percent. TASB will additionally be open later from Monday through Thursday, and all of these facilities will now have evening hours on bookend days after breaks. “We’re all here for the common reason that we enjoy working out, but we also want to share knowledge with others to help them reach their goals,” Polizzano said. “When you reach that goal it’s something that no one can take away from you. It’s so rewarding to see that.” *



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For reggae rock band, one gigabyte is enough Post Sun Times, formed in 2012, released its first EP on flash drives. BRIANNA SPAUSE The Temple News


est Philly band Post Sun Times entirely ruled out releasing its new EP on CDs. “A CD is kind of a waste – it turns into garbage as soon as you load it onto your computer,” Robin Carine, guitarist and vocalist of the band, said. The two-and-a-half-year-old reggae-rock band recently released its first EP “PST” on USB flash drives. Post Sun Times members – Carine along with Matt Kay on bass, Adam Fergurson on drums and Dan Rohe on the keys – agreed that a USB drive was the most efficient way to release their new music. “Think about it this way,” Fergurson said. “In 10 years, it will be super cool to have a USB. It will be like the 8-track of our generation.” The resurgence in popularity of vinyl records over the past five years also presents an appealing format, Kay said, but the band will stick with one gigabyte of file storage “as long as USB is relevant.” “People want to have music at the click of a button,” Rohe said. “Honestly, I don’t even have a CD drive anymore, but

“In 10 years, it will be super cool to have a USB. It will like the 8-track of our generation,” drummer Adam Fergurson said.



With Dan Rohe on keys, Robin Carine on guitar, Matt Kay on bass and Adam Ferguson on drums, Post Sun Times practiced in its South Philadelphia studio on Thursdays to work on its recently released EP, “PST.”


Designers bring the studio to dinner Local artists Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer created porcelain wares for the food industry. VICTORIA MIER The Temple News Nate Mell and Wynn Bauer firmly believe that food is an art form – one that deserves its own canvas. That belief is precisely why Mell and Bauer created Felt and Fat, their design collaboration and manufacturing group specializing in porcelain table wares, in Fall

2013. Though Felt and Fat is a fairly new installment in the Philadelphia art community, restaurants like Laurel and High Street have noticed its handcrafted porcelain products. Mell, 28, and Bauer, 29, said they thrive on collaboration, particularly between artists. They find that their success is hinged on this aspect of teamwork, as well as the idea that Mell and Bauer, both ceramicists, should work and design with chefs – who are also artists. For Mell and Bauer, the recent popular trend of locally sourcing food ingredients should inevitably lead to locally sourcing just about any product possible, including

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Wynn Bauer (left) and Nate Mell, started Felt and Fat in 2008 in their Fishtown studio.

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ceramic plates, cups, mugs, vases and other food service supplies. “There’s plenty of local ceramicists,” Mell said. “Local sourcing allows them to work directly with chefs.” Mell and Bauer have created a niche in which they are able to take a chef’s vision and deliver a product that features the artistic pair’s own creative input. Mell, a graduate of Tyler School of Art, worked serving tables for quite some time, which made it possible for him to see precisely where creating ceramics and food service intersect. “The program at Tyler always encouraged me to be very open, experimental and use any material possible,” Mell said. Mell said the faculty at Tyler helped inspire and boost him as an artist. Mell said he is one degree of separation away from any restaurant in the city, due to his years working in the food industry. He said those previously established relationships are vital to Felt and Fat. Mell said he believes that a lot of other local artists are perhaps more interesting, and certainly create amazing things, but cannot seem to find the right market for their work. Networking to create relationships is absolutely vital. “People make, and make and make,” Bauer said. “But they’re hermits.” Mell and Bauer also called social media, specifically Instagram, an integral part of their business. They have found that many chefs follow their social media accounts and become interested in their wares. “Sometimes there’s no time for a nice



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Cipher Prime hosts a Dev Night every Thursday for gamers.

A Dev Night to remember Local gamers and gamemakers alike meet every Thursday to collaborate and socialize over games. When you’re walking down Chestnut Street to local video game developer Cipher Prime for its weekly Dev Night, don’t be surprised to be standing in front of a normal apartment building. On the door of the second floor, you know you’re in the right place with a sign that says, “Just knock (Dev Night Inside).” ALBERT HONG Shawn Pierre, winner of this year’s Philly Geeking Out Geek Award for Game of the Year for his card game These French Fries are Terrible Hot Dogs, is a co-organizer of the event, which started from him and Will Stallwood, cofounder of Cipher Prime, just hanging out. “We wanted to create a space where we could invite more people to collaborate and socialize,” Pierre said. “More and more people started to show up and it just turned into this ‘extravaganza.’” Last Thursday was no exception with it being the showcase for Dev Night’s monthly game jam. A game jam is where a group of developers, amateurs and





Solar States rolls out the green carpet Solar benefit corporation Solar States hosted a party to increase solar awareness in the city. JARED WHALEN The Temple News Musicians, environmental activists and mindful Philadelphians all gathered on a roof in Olde Kensington last month to promote solar energy awareness and celebrate Philadelphia’s growing sustainability scene. Dubbed “The Solar Party,” the event took place on top of the Crane Arts Building on Aug. 21, and was hosted by the solar company Solar States. More than 100 guests joined on the Philly rooftop to enjoy live music, local catering and information on solar energy all while basking in the city skyline. “I consider it a success,” Ashley Tryba, the

director of community partnerships and the branding and marketing manager of Solar States, said. “We hope to have more events of similar types.” Tryba graduated from Temple as an environmental science and French double major. Solar States, founded in 2008, is a benefit corporation, meaning that it is a for-profit company that considers the environment and society in addition to profit in its decision making process. “We make a profit and then we give that back to the local economy,” Tryba said. The end goal of Solar States is to put a solar panel on every roof in the city, as the company’s founder, Micah Gold-Markel, said. “It’s a missed opportunity for energy, for jobs in Philadelphia and for economic development in Philadelphia,” Gold-Markel said. “We’re at a real moment of crisis in terms of the environment and also employment and the economy. If we could bring all that together and find a solution fit to solve all those, that’s it, man. That’s what we need.” jared whalen TTN

The Solar Party took place on top of the Crane Arts Building in Olde Kensington on August 21.

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Caleb Michael was one of more than 100 Philadelphians gathered for solar company Solar States’ event in order to pursue their goal of adding a solar panel on every roof in the city.

Members at Solar States claim that it is part of that solution. Gold-Markel said he believes that the economic impact of a citywide shift towards solar energy could put Philadelphia on the fast track toward reduced unemployment, a stimulated economy and abundant renewable energy. Solar States have installed solar panels on roofs throughout the city, both on residential properties and business buildings. “If you got a roof, we’re going to hit it,” Gold-Markel said. Solar States has partnerships with different groups in the city, including one with YouthBuild, a charter school for at-risk students in Philadelphia. “It’s basically for students that have dropped out of high school but then decided that they want to go back and learn a trade,” Tryba said. “We worked with two students this year and hope to expand that year as our shop gets a little bit bigger.” Another partnership is with The Energy Co-

op, an energy company geared towards sustainable solutions. At the Solar Party, guests were encouraged to sign up for the Solar Leaders product, which allows those who may not be able to purchase solar panels for their own home to support local solar. Solar Leaders simply join the co-op and continue to pay their PECO bill. For every 20 households that join, one new household solar project is added to the co-op’s grid. Gold-Markel said that the biggest roadblock is knowledge. “It’s getting the word out that this is the best investment financially, for the environment and for creating jobs,” he said. *

FringeArts gains adaptation for the stage Katherine Mallon-Day and Christine Emmert bring their shared love of story telling to the stage with an adaptation of “The Yellow Wallpaper” for FringeArts. CAITLIN O’CONNELL The Temple News Christine Emmert and Katherine Mallon-Day share not only a production company, Wild Plum Productions, but the goal of captivating audiences and making an impact with all of their performances. On Sept. 16-18, the company will bring “The Yellow Wallpaper” to the 2014 FringeArts Festival. Mallon-Day and Emmert will star in the adapted production. “We focus on works that speak to us as women, as mature women and as independent women,” Mallon-Day said. Both women have a great love for the theater and the desire to bring stories to life; a factor in their decision to work on adaptions, they said. Emmert said her love for make believe and magic is what drew her to the stage. “Maybe I just never grew up,” Emmert said. Mallon-Day began her theater career early when she debuted in the third-grade production of “The Cross Princess” and participated in shows throughout high school. “The opportunity to get into someone else’s skin, heart and

brain is what draws me to the stage,” Mallon-Day said. The two women started their own production company in the hopes that it would allow them and other women their age to continue their passion. “As women mature in theater, they seem to fade away quickly,” Mallon-Day said. “Audition listings seem to welcome mature men, but the opportunities for mature women are far less plentiful.” Despite this obstacle, Mallon-Day and Emmert continue to pursue their shared love of theater and said they attempt to defy that stereotype by producing and adapting stories that they are passionate about. “I guess if theater makes me happy, then I should make theatre,” Mallon-Day said. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is “about the descent into madness by a woman trying to cling to what matters to her,” Emmert said. This past spring, Emmert introduced the idea of adapting this story for the stage to Mallon-Day and the pair decided to bring it to the FringeArts Festival. Mallon-Day and Emmert will both play the role of the same woman at different times in her life. “Her journey through depression and her way of coping with it is what interests me,” Mallon-Day said. Mallon-Day described her role in the production as more physical then verbal, which has led her to work on gestures that will make strong statements. She also researched types of mental illnesses and their treatments. “The best preparation is taking time to be with the character,” Mallon-Day said. The question in the story of what is real in a person’s head and

Reggae rock goes old-school PST PAGE 9 you can plug a USB drive into your televi- And it was everything we had ever wanted.” sion.” From the off-hand request to the 3 a.m. Alongside five tracks, presented in YouTube video release, a mashup of early both .mp3 and .wav format, Post Sun Times ‘90s VHS tapes were pasted together in has included its newly rewhat seemed like no time leased music video for “Only at all, Kay said. The clips Bones.” ranged from the utterly obAs far as an outstandscure to the easily recoging video production budget nizable, like scenes from went, they had none. Post The Undertaker’s glory Sun Times’ practice studio days on WWE. in South Philadelphia is also “When we watched home to Yeah Dude Comics it for the first time, we where artist Pat Aulisio does laughed our a---s off,” studio work. One day in late Kay said. “We probably Matt Kay / band member watched the video five July, they had an idea. “[Aulisio] has all of these times and we were just losold VHS tapes that he will watch while he ing it. We just gave him very vague guideis drawing comics,” Fergurson said. “I said, lines, like don’t be too raunchy or out of ‘Dude. Make a video for us,’ and he did. control.”

“When we

watched it for the first time, we laughed our a---s off.

“And just don’t use Robocop – those were really the only guidelines,” Rohe said. “But obviously, you know The Undertaker, and you all love when his eyes roll back in his head.” Post Sun Times members said they were happy to add the eclectic video to its discography, as a retro spin on its technologically innovative EP release. Post Sun Times set out on a brief tour around Ohio to promote “PST,” and introduced the new music to fans at its home base in West Philadelphia at the Millcreek Tavern on Aug. 28. * T @By_paigegross

what pushes them to madness is what holds Mallon-Day’s interest in adapting the story for the stage, as well as the history of treatment for mental illness. “The reality is that the growing contribution of women to the medical and psychological field over time has definitely changed the treatment of mental illness,” Mallon-Day said. Mallon-Day feels the story’s theme of boredom inciting creativity and the need for the time and space alone to bring it about is something that connected her to it. Mallon-Day said she hopes the story and their performance will allow her to dig deeper into the character and bring the audience along for the journey. “I hope the audience leaves with as many questions as answers – questions such as, ‘Who is who?’ And, ‘What is real and what is not?’” Mallon-Day said. *





Cult Choir

Shane Graybill, the solo musician behind Cult Choir, released his fourth album entitled “Fantasy 6” last month. Graybill’s next gig is on Sept. 11.

Cult Choir released his fourth album entitled, “Fantasy 6” last month. JARED WHALEN The Temple News When a singer-songwriter approaches the stage, most listeners prepare for acoustic four-chord ballads influenced by breakups, high school and an array of faux-emo millennial artists. Shane Graybill, under the name of Cult Choir, brings something not-sonew to the table with music inspired by your parents’ – or maybe your grandparents’ – generation. Graybill pulls styles of the ‘50s golden oldies, psych rock of the ‘60s and ‘80s new wave and mixes it together with a dark, modern electronic twist. Cult Choir, active for three years, released its fourth album entitled “Fantasy 6” last month. Graybill lives in Denver, Pennsylvania but still finds himself on Philadelphia stages quite often. Cult Choir’s next city gig is on Sept. 11 at Bourbon & Branch, sharing the stage with Pill Friends and Abi Reimold. The Temple News: So, tell me about Cult Choir and how you got into music. Shane Graybill: I got into music not too long after high school [2009]. Went through a bit of a tough time dealing with, you know, all kinds of fun that turned into not fun. I never really played music when I was younger and I never really took any lessons. I just pick up instruments and make noise with them and whatever I think

sounds good I just roll with. I was in a few different bands a few years ago. After they disbanded, I started working on solo stuff and started out pretty heavily with synthesizers and drum machines and electronic influences. Then I just got more into using the guitar and live drums and that’s the direction it’s headed right now. I just released my fourth album. It’s called “Fantasy 6.” It’s a pretty short album with a lot of quick songs. It’s heavily influenced by a lot of old school crooners, doo wop and golden oldies, as well as a little bit of ‘60s psychedelic rock. TTN: How’d you get involved with the Philly scene? SG: I just started contacting venues and booking shows and contacting various people that I met through Facebook and now a lot of times I will just contact bands right away and be like, ‘Hey, can I open up for you?’ And usually – well not usually, sometimes – it just works out for the best. TTN: So how long have you been doing Cult Choir? SG: I would say about three years now I’ve been working as Cult Choir. Everything kinda has a full band sound on the recording but when I play live I just loop guitars, play drums and sing. It’s a pretty minimal set-up. TTN: What releases do you have as Cult Choir? SG: I have four full-lengths, two acoustic EPs and two split EPs, so a decent amount. TTN: Who are the splits with? SG: One of my friends from Harrisburg, his band Selah.Selah. Another guy I met through Facebook and Bandcamp. He goes by Balue and I think he’s from New Mexico, but I guess for a little

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while he was in the Colorado area and I’m not sure where he’s at right now. I don’t really know him too well, but I liked his music and we just kinda connected. TTN: What are some big influences to your music? SG: My influences go from all over. I like listening to the old school crooners, like Dean Martin, Sinatra, Chet Baker, I like Marvin Gaye, I like Roy Orbison. The Velvet Underground, of course. The Stones, The Beatles, The Kinks. I like a lot of the old girlgroups like The Shirelles. It’s really all over the place. My albums are sort of the same way. You’ll have a slow song and then a fast song. You’ll have a really minimal song and then a really crazy, no-sense song. TTN: What about influences outside of music? SG: Definitely film. I watch a lot of David Lynch. In fact, I just watched “Lost Highway” for the first time last night and I was really liking that. A lot of times when I write lyrics it’s almost like I’m writing as a character in a movie or a story. I’ll sometimes write about real life circumstances that are going on in my life, but sometimes I’ll distort it in a way that works for my music. TTN: What are some plans for Cult Choir? SG: I’m trying to play shows and get my music out as much as possible. I’m planning moving out to Portland at the end of the year and play some more west coast shows. *

Local gamers gather for collaboration DEV PAGE 9 experts alike, gather to make a game within a short amount of time, all centered on a specific theme. This month, creators had a week to make a game

that focused on “playgrounds.” Game jams are becoming more and more prevalent with more global online jams taking place, like Ludum

Dare 30 that just finished last Monday. A pleasure that comes from these jams is getting to see the infinite ways that people craft their vision around

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Local gamers and developers gather on Thursdays at Cipher Prime, a developer located on Chestnut Street.

each theme and it was entertaining to see what “playgrounds” meant for the three teams at Dev Night. Camden Segal, website and game developer, showed off his winning game that displayed a top-down view of a playground while players used their phones to control different colored blobs sliding around and tackling one another in a game of reverse-tag. A more unconventional but equally fun game came from a group of friends collaborating to make their first game for the jam, where players controlled a small creature trying to traverse their way around a space strewn with obstacles. Alex Burkholder created the art, Andrew Leing did the programming and Doug Gorelick composed the music for the rough game, all in about four days. They plan on continuing to work on the game. While there is a focus on the amount of work that gets done in such a small amount of time, not a lot of work actually gets done during these weekly meetings. Kotaro Fujita, founder and developer at Tomato Boy LLC, also known as the “meet-and-greet guy” of Dev Night, admits how the event has turned

into more of a resting place. “Dev Night was originally meant for people who wanted to get work done, but it’s now more of a place where everyone just chills and relaxes with some games,” Fujita said. Just as Steve Pettit, a game designer from Drexel University, told me, “these are the most laid back people you’ll meet.” Andy Mroczkowski, lead engineer of Three Rings, a game studio based in San Francisco with a presence in Philly, could see how the gaming and development community has grown in order to get meet-ups like this started. “It’s a very vibrant grassroots community,” Mroczkowski said. With Philadelphia continually being recognized as a tech/gaming hub with things like our own Tech Week and the naming of North 3rd Street as “N3rd Street,” this is a side of the city that has to be experienced alongside all of the music, food and fashion it offers. Three Rings will be sponsoring the next game jam this month, so interested gamers, come to 239 Chestnut St. on Thursdays at 7 p.m. Just knock. *




Spectators attended day one of the Made in America Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with performers like Kanye West, Steve Aoki, The National, J. Cole and Glassjaw.






Standards of sustainability


The MilkCrate app links local businesses to Philadelphians.

SOUTH PHILLY BAND RELEASES EP Collect Yourself., a pop-folk project out of South Philadelphia, released its debut EP entitled “--If Ever You Should” on Aug. 26. Sorry Girls Records released the EP on cassette tape later that week at a South Philly release show, featuring an acoustic act by Collect Yourself., supported by Daniel Anderson and Turing Cops. Collect Yourself. is the solo project of Lucas Fendlay. The EP is available for free download on Bandcamp. –Jared Whalen

PAIGE GROSS Assistant A&E Editor Morgan Berman realized as a graduate student at Philadelphia University that her passion for sustainable living and her trade of design could birth a niche in the Philly commerce community. MilkCrate, an app released this summer, was created as a tool to connect Philadelphians with local sustainable businesses. “We found that people want to live more sustainably, but they don’t know how,” Caitlin Honan, media maven at MilkCrate, said. The app, which has already been released for Android users, was set up with sites like Yelp in mind. Users could see reviews and learn more about what practices the businesses follow to be sustainable. Berman said in a video on the MilkCrate site that she took the time to research businesses: what they were about and how they practiced sustainable living, as she was learning more about living a sustainable life. “It was fun, but it took a lot of time,” Berman said. Berman said nearly 2,000 businesses have been added to the app’s database, following standards of sustainability from organizations like the Delaware Valley Green Building Council, The Sustainable Business Network and The Humane League to bring all of that information to one place. “We look for things in a business like, ‘Do they compost? Do they offer vegan options?’” Honan said. “We wanted to partner with


MADE IN AMERICA RETURNED TO PARKWAY FOR THIRD YEAR Jay Z and Budweiser teamed up for the third year to orchestrate the Made in America festival, a party that took over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day Weekend. From Aug. 30-31, the Rocky, Liberty, Freedom and Skate Park stages dominated the area between the Art Museum steps and 22nd Street to host a diverse mix of genres. The festival made room for pop icons like Kanye West and J. Cole, suburban screamers Pissed Jeans, and Philly punk rockers The Menzingers. It was a festival that spanned the states, simultaneously playing in Los Angeles and Philadelphia.


Members of MilkCrate and Solar States practice their yoga moves on the rooftop of the Crane Arts Building in Olde Kensington. Left: Nicole Koedyker, Maddie Allen- Sandoz, Caitlin Honan, Mary Jo Burnham and Ashley Tryba.

major sustainability organizations. If [businesses] meet their standards, they will meet ours.” These standards of sustainability were exactly what drew Sarah Irwin, a senior majoring in finance and entrepreneurship, to the project. Irwin interned this summer with coPhilly, a crowdfunding accelerator program with a portfolio of startups and businesses. “MilkCrate was one of the businesses participating in the accelerator, and I loved what they were doing, so I chose to work with them throughout the 10-week program,” Irwin said. During her time at MilkCrate, Irwin has composed Twitter, Facebook and Instagram posts as well as represented MilkCrate at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal Market, saying the app acts as a “central

digital hub” for organizations that care about sustainable living. Irwin wants to operate and run her own food truck or restaurant in the Philly food scene, practicing the same standards of sustainability as those on the app. Camille Ferruzzi, a recent Temple graduate with a degree in advertising, also joined MilkCrate when she was looking on the web for Philly start-ups to get involved with. Ferruzzi handles creative strategy and business development for the app, and had a hand in starting the organization’s Indiegogo site with the goal of raising $20,000 to go toward expanding the app and spreading it to locations all over the country. The app has surpassed $5,500 with more than 60 contributors and 21 days left to raise funds

“Our team worked hard to find over 2,000 different businesses and resources in over 20 categories that can help you lessen your carbon footprint and increase your support for companies that share your values,” Berman said. MilkCrate aspires to reach other cities, especially Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. The app will be launching soon for the iOS crowd, bringing over 2,000 coffee, clothing, beer, lifestyle and food business together for the earth-minded user. * T @By_paigegross

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Connecting art to the dinner table

PaperClips215, an online resource for creative events, artists and news in Philadelphia, is holding a one year anniversary party for their creative community. PaperClips215 strives to be a straightforward resource for artists and Philadelphians looking for creative events around the city. There will be live music, art workshops, networking opportunities and a silent auction with original work from local artists. The party will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at six p.m. on East Norris Street.

DESIGN PAGE 9 photo shoot,” Bauer said. “To take it all and plug it into a website. But with Instagram, the photos are good and you can keep it up to date.”

Instagram has allowed Mell and Bauer the chance to connect with and send samples to interested restaurants that are physically thou-

sands of miles away, like a young chef in France hoping to open a new restaurant soon. Another facet to Mell and Bau-

Nate Mell, 28 and Wynn Bauer, 29, said making the ceramic ware is a “chemistry to a degree.”

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er’s success is collaboration. Currently, they are working together with chefs, but a dream of theirs is to create different projects with artists in the area. “There’s a lot of things that are simmering,” Mell said.“We’d love to create a collaborative design studio. Right now, we’ve just been trying to get things up, running and functional.” The pair also said they hope to branch out artistically to different mediums, perhaps furniture, industrial design or decorative nonfunctional pieces, using their porcelain wares as a baseline for future ideas. But Mell and Bauer recognize that reaching such a goal requires a high level of constant creativity, something that can often be too easily burned out in a fast-paced artistic field. It is that same theme of collaboration, Mell said, that keeps the creativity coming. “We have so many people coming in fresh each time and they’re very excited,” he said. “That brings a different energy to us. It keeps us going.”

–Emily Rolen

INSTAGRAM USERS ABLE TO DOWNLOAD HYPERLAPSE APP Instagram recently released a new videocreation app that stabilizes iPhone videos to create video with a time-lapse effect. The app uses an image stabilization algorithm to produce videos of a professional grade. Hyperlapse does not have a feed to share content, but asks the user to share through Instagram, Facebook or for personal use. The user can record video and adjust the speed and smoothness of movement. iOS users can find the app for free in the app store. –Paige Gross


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



@MetroPhilly tweeted on Aug. 28 that Spruce Street Harbor Park will remain open for another month due to popular demand. Delaware River Waterfront Corp. President Thomas Corcoran said that approximately 35,000 people came to the park each week.

@PhillydotcomEnt tweeted on Aug. 30 that Philly Jesus, a man that dresses up like Jesus Christ and carries a cross through Center City, baptized a tourist in LOVE Park.



@PaintedBride tweeted on Aug. 26 their anticipated lineup for this coming fall. Acts include musician Oran Etkin, The Cookers and Salsa Caliente.

@Larry_Eichel, project director of the Philadelphia Research Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, tweeted on Aug. 28 that he was “eager” to see “100% Philadelphia” at FringeArts which features 100 statistically represented residents.




Urban Apps & Maps teaches digital literacy A summer program uses technology to sharpen the minds of the Philadelphia community. SIENNA VANCE The Temple News Temple’s Apps & Maps BITS Summer Program is striving to improve the Philadelphia community for the third year in a row. This program is run through the inter-disciplinary Apps & Maps Studio program, which aims to teach digital literacy skills to primarily low-income and minority high school students in the Philadelphia area. “Technology has created good things in society, but at the same time it has also created challenges,” said Youngjin Yoo, the director of Center for Design and Innovation at Temple who proposed funding for Apps & Maps Studio. “Today it is harder for someone to obtain a middle income job if he or she is not used to dealing with technology.”

Yoo said that a lack of digital literacy is a problem in urban communities like North Philadelphia. “Since we are in an urban environment, it is really important to break down barriers between Temple and the local community,” Yoo said. “When you bring in students from around the city with the right goals and motivation, it shows that the program is really authentic to who we are as an urban university.” The 150 students that participated in the BITS program this year learned aspects of spatial thinking, computational thinking and design thinking in relation to technology. They worked with more than 30 Temple students and 10 faculty members to conduct a variety of hands-on projects. Dr. Michele Masucci, the interim vice provost for research at Temple and principal investigator of the BITS program, said that the goal is to have students develop apps and websites that can be used in the local community. “We had a lot of innovative ideas for apps and websites come out of this

program that addressed urban community problems and interests,” Masucci said. “Some of the students, for example, were very interested in street art and even developed their own website about it. We also encouraged and helped students to use social media as a way for them to address community problems.” Jean Akingeneye, a graduate student in Management Information Systems and the Program Coordinator of BITS, said that students were able to model a prototype geographical app off of Twitter, create a multimedia project on Philadelphia mural artwork and innovate online menus for city food trucks in order to make them more optimal for customers. One team of 11 students also created a mobile crime-watch app called “Gotcha” that will allow users to anonymously post the details of misdemeanor neighborhood crimes, such as shoplifting, without notifying authorities. “I definitely enjoyed seeing the process of how the students created apps that could eventually change their environment,” Akingeneye said. “I’ve

always wanted to do something that was involved with changing the community so it’s great to see how this program can really make a difference in their lives.” Students participated in other activities like a design challenge, where they had to construct various buildings out of spaghetti, sessions with guest speakers and field trips. Neeharika Damera, a Global MBA candidate and a program manager of BITS, had the opportunity to attend one of the trips to Artisan Mobile, a company that specializes in different app designs. “It was really great because some of the students want to be entrepreneurs,” Damera said. “Many of them asked a lot of questions and even built contacts with the owners. It was also good that Artisan didn’t romanticize their start-up because it helped to give the students a better perspective on a company related to design thinking and innovative solutions.” Damera said that the field trips were a big part of helping the students come up with innovative solutions.

“There should be a plan in the program for the students to be able to contact city officials in the future,” Damera said. “They were able to innovate ideas related to topics of what to do with vacant lots around the city and how to make Philadelphia’s health system more streamlined through these field trips.” The Apps & Maps BIT program has had much success, Yoo said. He hopes that more local community members will get involved in the future to heighten its impact on the students. “We already have a student from the program who started a business and is making money,” Yoo said. “Our kids come out of our program and take things with them. If we can successfully turn one to two of them into an entrepreneur, then that would be very rewarding.” *





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Anwer and his parents stand near mountains on a Kurdish picnic in April 2012.

mother and the baby, or just the baby, or just the mother?’ But we never did it. We decided we would carry her no matter what." Anwer said his sister is now married and recently had a child. “When I think about that, I thank God all the time we didn't do it,” he said. “We worked hard to carry her.” Anwer was among millions hosted in refugee camps in Iran, where he said he stayed in a small town named Bana. After two weeks, he and six other families were driven 12 hours back to Sulaimani in a massive hollowed-out barrel of a water tank truck, where he said it was extremely difficult to breathe.


When Anwer did return to Sulaimani, he finished primary school in a nearby village called Sitak, where he said he and his classmates had to provide their own wood for a furnace that would heat the classrooms. He said he grew up reading textbooks that praised Saddam Hussein and denied any existence of Kurdistan. Eventually Anwer graduated from the University of Sulaimani in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in engineering. Between 2006 and 2010, Anwer worked for Millennium Relief and Development Services, a nonprofit organization that operates in Iraq funded by the U.S. State Department. It was during this time that Anwer designed a project that would allow several professors from the U.S. to travel to Iraq and teach English to students at the University of Sulaimani. Janine Leaman, who is currently a teacher in the Intensive English Language Program at Temple, participated in the project in 2009. “It ended up being a really marvelous experience,” Leaman said. “We were there because of [Huner's] vision of it. If we needed something done, he would do his absolute best to get it done.” In 2010, through a State Department fellowship, Anwer traveled to America for the first time to study at Temple for five weeks as an exchange student. He was among students from Baghdad, Egypt and Lebanon, all of whom were taking courses on democracy and religious pluralism. “For me, it's a great experience to get to meet people from all over the world,” Anwer said. “It's a great opportunity. It's so good to be here, to learn and help other people learn.” During this time, Anwer was enrolled in Study of the U.S. Institute for Student Leaders. “There is an example of religious pluralism here,” Anwer said. “You have lots of people with different ethnic, religious or color backgrounds. There is a great example of coexistence.

“We were trying to understand how this has been accomplished in this country, and how we could help apply that in our country. Iraq is suffering from major religious differences right now,” Anwer said. During his time at Temple in 2010, Anwer became involved in the Dialogue Institute, a nonprofit organization founded at Temple in 1978 that “works to transform the world into a global community by fostering interreligious and intercultural scholarship, understanding and cooperation,” according to its website. Leonard Swidler, a professor of Catholic Thought and Interreligious Dialogue at Temple, founded the Dialogue Institute with his wife. Anwer calls Swidler his “mentor” and lives in his home when he is in America. Last year, Anwer's mother also stayed in Swidler's home while she was receiving medical treatment in the city. Swidler has traveled to Iraq four times since he met Anwer. When Swidler visits Iraq, he stays with Anwer's family. “[Anwer] has amazing connections,” Swidler said. "The president of Iraq – the whole country – was someone he knew well enough to pick up the phone and talk to.” Anwer met Qubad Talabani – the son of Iraqi President Jalal Talabani – in 2009, after Quabad Talabani heard of Anwer's work through MRDS at the University of Sulamani. Because they maintained contact, Anwer eventually developed a relationship with his entire family. Anwer was able to introduce Swidler to the first lady of Iraq and several other prominent political figures in Kurdistan. “I got to meet people of political power not because I am of political influence, but because I am involved in religion, which, as you can imagine, has immediate political implications,” Swidler said. “It is very difficult for us who live in America to realize that the rest of the world is so different, and that religion has this whole mess of political stuff in it," Swidler said. "And there was a lot of antagonism, and there still is, in America, on a religious basis, but it's nothing like the rest of the world, or it's nothing like it was.” Through the institute, Swidler is able to bring people from various countries to Temple for limited amounts of time, funded by the State Department, so that they can "build bridges of understanding and cooperation rather than accusations and attacks." “How do I get to know something more?” Swidler said. “How do I get to learn about a reality that I can't see but they can see? We have to be in dialogue. That's how we expand our knowledge. And it's got to keep expanding. There are now seven bil-


Anwer lived in Temple Towers when he first came to Philadelphia in 2010. He returned to the building in March 2013 for a picture.


Anwer sits with Jalal Talabani, president of Iraq from 2005-14.

lion of us, and we're going to keep growing.”


When Anwer returned to Iraq in 2010, he began volunteering for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and founded and modeled a Dialogue Institute in Iraqi Kurdistan after the Dialogue Institute at Temple. Through the Dialogue Institute of Iraq, Anwer has brought and accompanied several Iraqi judges, lawyers, students and businessmen to America. "That's what we have to invest our money in," Anwer said. "I wouldn't say [America] is a perfect country. But I'd say it's the best example of religious freedom for countries who suffer because of their religious differences." Swidler said The Dialogue Institute hosted 20 female professors from Saudi Arabia in August. "On the one hand, it's very slow work, changing people's understanding of themselves and the world," Swidler said. "But the way you understand the world determines how you act in it." While Swidler believes it’s crucial for citizens to be aware of world events, he doesn’t think people – in America and the Middle East – are al-

ways properly informed by the media. “You can’t blame the media,” Swidler said, “They’re reporting on what is happening in the world. You’re going to hear all about Muslim violence. “But the fact that there might be a million Muslims who did positive, constructive things yesterday, well you don’t write about that. You write about the six of them that did destructive things. That’s the way the media is. If it bleeds, it leads.” Anwer, who is Muslim, expresses fear at the thought of the extremist group ISIL, also known as ISIS. “Some people call them ISIL. Some people call them ISIS. I call them jerks,” Anwer said. “Because I wouldn’t say I’ve never seen people like this. I have actually seen Saddam Hussein. But now, in the 21st century, you’re killing children, women and men? Innocent people because of their religious conviction? Can you believe that?”


Anwer has been traveling between Iraq and America since 2010. He arrived in America three months ago for his first year of graduate school at Temple. He expresses concern with flying back and forth be-

tween the countries amid turmoil in Iraq. “The ISIS fighters have the possibility to bring down airplanes,” Anwer said. “There are still airlines operating, but with fear. Most have suspended their flights to Kurdistan. I know Iraqi students at Temple who have been stuck [in America] because there are no flights to Kurdistan.” Anwer's family currently lives just 100 miles southwest of Erbil, the site of recent U.S. airstrikes. “I believe [the airstrikes] were a great thing,” Anwer said. “It would help prevent the [ISIS] fighters from getting to the city of Erbil. I don't think there is any need for boots on the ground, but that doesn't mean there's no need for airstrikes.” Anwer said he tries to stay in touch with his family every two hours to provide any comfort and security he can. “They feel like they will have to run away again,” Anwer said. “When I call, they ask ‘Should we pack up?’” Anwer said. “We built a house four years ago. We spent so much money on it. We never know if we'll own it in the future.” Anwer said thoughts of the exodus stay lodged in the family's memory. He recalls the rainy day in 1991 when his family had to cross the Choman River, a choppy waterway that splits Iraq from Iran, unnavigable by foot. He said a small cable car, swarmed by a line of battered refugees, was the only way across. At one point, because the cable wasn't strong enough, Anwer said he saw a family's cart detach and become swallowed by the river. Anwer said the cable was repaired by the time he and his family crossed, allowing them to step on the soil that he said felt like “heaven.” When Anwer reads current news about ISIS' violent persecution of the Yazidis, one of Iraq's oldest minorities, he said he is deeply affected. “I go to sleep, and I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and say ‘Am I in a refugee camp?’” Anwer said. “I have dreams. Whenever an atrocity happens, like the one with the Yazidis, I have a lot of bad dreams. In my dreams I am walking to get to the Choman River.” Anwer is currently documenting atrocities like the Kurdish Genocide and the persecution of the Yazidis as part of the Dialogue Institute of Iraq. “When I listen to the survivors today, I feel their pain,” Anwer said. “I’ve been there. I have lot of dreams. I want to document their stories so that doesn't happen again. Not just in Iraq, but in anywhere else in the world.” * T @clairesasko





AROUND CAMPUS FOUNDATIONS OF STUDY ABROAD Education Abroad is sponsoring a Foundations of Study Abroad program on Wednesday from 3-3:50 p.m. and on Friday from noon-12:50 p.m. The session will cover all the basic information needed to start planning a semester, year or summer abroad, including program options, application procedures, finances, travel essentials and more. This event is free and open to all students. It will take place in Room 200 of the Tuttleman Learning Center. -Jessica Smith

DANCE CONCERT: DEBORAH WINCE On Saturday, Temple’s General Activities Fund in partnership with the Rose Vernick Fund will sponsor “MFA Dance Concert I: Deborah Wince.” The event will take place in Conwell Dance Theater on the fifth floor of Conwell Hall and is open to all. Tickets cost $15 for students and senior citizens, $10 for Temple employees or those with a Dance USA Philadelphia Dance Pass and $5 with an student ID. There will be two performances starting at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. -Jessica Smith

FREE FIRST FRIDAY BUS There will be a free bus shuttle from Main Campus to Old City for the First Friday Art Walk on Friday at 6 p.m. The bus will depart from Diamond Street near 13th Street. It operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and may depart early if it’s full before 6 p.m. The bus will drop off students in the middle of the Old City district and provides maps and descriptions of art openings. The bus will leave Old City to return to campus at 8:45 p.m. This service is open to all students. -Jessica Smith

OCI PROGRAM ORIENTATION The On-Campus Interview Program will host its annual training session on Friday from 10-10:50 a.m. Every year, employers conduct interviews in the Career Center for full-time jobs and internship opportunities for students. For those interested in candidacy, students must first attend an orientation session. The session shows where the list of participating employers will be posted and teaches instructions on how to sign up for an interview and submit a resume for consideration. Visit the Career Center website for eligibility criteria and a schedule of OCI Orientation Sessions. The program is open to students and will take place in the Career Center in Room 220 of Mitten Hall. -Jessica Smith

CHERRY ON PEP RALLY To kick off the start of the football season, Liacouras Walk will be decorated with free food, music, games and prizes this Friday for the annual Cherry On Pep Rally. The rally, sponsered by Temple Athletics, runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m and is open to all students. -Claire Sasko

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various characters in the show, grow up. “I wanted us to paint the second season in a different light,” Foster said. “These guys are having fun, but they are immature individuals. We wanted to show how you eventually have to put away your lightsabers and grow up.” Since Wandering Studios received a nomination for the second season of “Panel by Panel,” they have been getting more recognition on social media sites like their Facebook page, YouTube channel and their website, “It is still early, but I think we will still get more attention the more it gets out there,” Griffin said. Members said they hope

the attention will draw more but are afraid to join. students to join their group. “People are afraid of They said they are always look- speaking up and think they will ing for and welcoming new never get picked,” Murray said. members. “We like to rotate so everyone “We pride ourselves in be- gets a chance to do everything.” ing a community, so it is more As the semester starts, the than just a student organization guys are hoping to see new – it is a group faces join of friends who the group become reand come to ally tight and their weekly close,” Griffin meetings on said. Tuesdays Chris Murray / group treasurer They said at 7 p.m. plan to shoot at least one short in room 253 of Morgan Hall film a month aside from other South. random projects they come up Wandering Studios bewith. lieves it was rewarding to have “We’re always looking for the opportunity to be recogactors,” club member and ju- nized in the Philadelphia Geek nior film and media art major Awards. Jacob Mattern said. “They have “A nomination is an award to use me in every project be- in itself,” said Murray. cause we don’t have enough.” The group said they be- * lieve that some students may know about the organization

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source over another. Preferable for her course was someone who had made a documentary or taught documentary studies, “not just someone from Netflix who watches documentaries and writes a review.” Weatherston said her class cheered when she announced there wouldn’t be any textbooks to purchase. She joins past winners of the Alternative Textbooks Project Owen Ware and Keith Quesenberry. Ware, a 2013-14 Alternative Textbooks Project winner and a philosophy professor in the College of Liberal Arts, had struggled with the limitations strict anthologies imposed on his ability to direct his students. The transition to alternative texts allowed Ware to “play an executive role in the preparation stage,” he said. Quesenberry, a former Fox School of Business adjunct professor in Morality, Law and Advertising, found that his experience with the project unburdened students' access to greater concepts. “The textbook was this thing they hated,” Quesenberry said. “This removed a barrier for them.”

The criteria for alternative media is shifting as the project progresses. Currently the requirement for alternative media excludes electronic versions of print textbooks or textbook rentals. 2014-15 winners must also ensure that all materials are available for print, accessible to large groups of students and appropriate for entry-level curriculums. In deference to these regulations, Weatherston emphasizes that the project doesn’t pertain to every major sequence, nor does she predict a complete transition to alternative media. The timeliness of vetting and issues with data tracking tacks on a non-monetary cost to open-source materials. “None of this stuff is free – it’s free with an asterisk,” Weatherston said. “Someone’s got to pay for it somewhere.” Nevertheless, Weatherston maintains that the decision to transfer to alternative media was “easy to make.” *





Football team honors late trustee Katz THE OWLS WILL WEAR PATCHES READING “LEW” ON HELMETS When the Owls hit the field at Vanderbilt Stadium Thursday night, a game in which they won 37-7 in upset-fashion, they did so with new-look headwear. Starting with its non-conference bash with Vanderbilt, Temple will wear commemorative patches on their helmets reading, “Lew”, in honor of the late long-time Temple Board of Trustee member Lewis Katz, who died in a May 31 plane crash in Bedford, Massachusetts, roughly a half-hour outside of Boston. “Lewis Katz was a tremendous leader, supporter, and believer in Temple and Temple athletics,” football coach Matt Rhule said in a statement. “His impact is missed both here on campus and throughout all the communities he touched with his many business and philanthropic endeavors. I wish he was with us here at the game. These decals are just one way for us to let people know he’s always with us.” Alongside his time with the Board of Trustees, which he joined in 1998, Katz is most known around the university for his donations in support of many programs near Temple, including gifting a pledge for $25 million to the school in November at an awards dinner. A 1963 Temple alumnus, he gave the commencement speech at Temple’s 2014 graduation, for which The North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO) named Katz the best commencement speaker of 2014, posthumously, last month. As a co-owner of The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Daily News and since 2012, he and coTrustee member H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest had bought the company for $88 million shortly before his death. He was 72. -Andrew Parent

8,000-kilometer race. Redshirt junior Matt Kaycon, who used the redshirt last year, crossed with a time of 21:52.35 for a 33rd-place finish. Overall, the men placed sixth as a team. On the women’s side, senior Jenna Dubrow led the Owls with a 25th-place time of 20:08.85 in the womens’ 5k race, and helped Temple finish seventh overall. Freshman Catherine Pinson followed up with a mark of 20:25.60, good for a 34th-place finish in her first collegiate race. Sophomore Danielle Britton rounded out the Owls’ top three finishers with a 60th-place result of 21:45.19. Both teams will compete next at the Big 5 Friend Invitational Sept. 12 at Philadelphia’s Belmont Plataeu. -Andrew Parent COURTESY OF TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Lewis Katz, longtime trustee, will be honored by the football team this season.

ROWING O’DONNELL JOINS STAFF Alyssa O’Donnell will be the newest addition to the women’s rowing coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach, it was announced Aug. 25. This past summer, O’Donnell was the coach of the Vesper Boat Club Junior Women’s summer program on the Schuylkill River. Prior to that, O’Donnell spent last two seasons as the assistant coach of the Grand Valley State University rowing team, for which she earned much of her success. She helped to coach the varsity and junior varsity teams to bronze medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, while her team later swept the varsity events at the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship in May.

In the 2012-13 season, O’Donnell highlighted her coaching career as she assisted her varsity eight team to a gold-medal performance and in turn winning the Women’s Point Trophy at the Dad Vail Regatta. That summer, O’Donnell had the opportunity in coach her team through to the final of the Women’s Henley Regatta in the England. -Danielle Nelson


OWLS OPEN SEASON WITH INVITE The men’s and women’s teams kicked off the season with the Covered Bridge Open at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina Friday night. Alex Izewski paced the men’s team with a 10th-place time of 21 minutes, 17.67 seconds in the

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL OWLS RELEASE SCHEDULE Temple released its 31-game schedule Thursday, and will open with a Big 5 matchup with La Salle at home Nov. 14. The Owls will make their first appearance in the second-annual Hall of Fame Women’s Challenge, and will face Georgetown, Kansas and Alabama at Kansas’ Allen Fieldhouse, before facing Harvard at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena. Temple’s 18-game American Athletic Conference schedule will kick off Dec. 28 at Memphis on ESPNU. The Owls, who finished 14-16 (8-10 The American), will host nine games at home, highlighted by a bout with Connecticut Feb. 1, 2015. -Andrew Parent

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the machines will be organized and ready for use inside the new room. “It’s fantastic – it’s awesome,” sophomore crew member Dante Romeo said. “It was a bit annoying being there in the weight room. It was a bit cramped up because it had other teams walking in and out but the fact that we have our own room now makes me feel a lot more appreciated by the school as a student-athlete.” Junior coxswain Kati Jordan Funck, a member of the crew team, said some of her teammates had to row in the hallway because of limited space. A group of more than 50 members in itself, Grzybowski said the women’s team generally had to hold double-practices regularly. Romero said now having the erg room will make for a competitive environment. “When you are surrounded by only guys on the team and you are that close to them, in an enclosed space, you get to push each other that much more,” Romeo said. “So I think that could something that could add to our success this year.” The new training room, which previously was a study hall for student-athletes, was redesigned during the summer

to have new floors, repainted walls including an additional wall, ventilation and mirrors. Accompanying the new training room are new lockers for both teams, which longtime men’s coach, Gavin White, said is something new. “We never used to have lockers on campus,” White said. “We had a boathouse. What we would do is leave our things at the corner of the room and go workout.” Although the coaching staffs are unsure what the lockers will be used for – likely either storing rowers’ belongings during practice or laundry – the soccer teams will also use the locker room, White said. There are still some finishing touches to be done to the room, like placing rowing graphics on the wall and adding a whiteboard, on which important rowing times will be written, Grzybowski said. Nevertheless, student-athletes have been venturing into the erg room for voluntary workouts. Coaches will conduct the majority of their practices in the erg room during the winter months because of the freezing temperatures on the Schuylkill. Now that the rowing teams both have their facility, the strength and conditioning staff will use the upper-level of the weight room, the rowing teams’ previous indoor space, as an extension of the lower level with

cardio equipment, a stretching area and other equipment, according to athletic communications. The installation of the erg room comes in wake of a tumultuous 2013-14 season in which both programs were initially two of seven teams axed as part of the last December’s athletic cuts. The university later reversed its decision and reinstated the crew and rowing teams this past February, after which rowing senior captain Moira Meekes said the team found out about the new erg room. “It was a weird year,” Meekes said. “It was a hard year. It was still in that awkward stage where we were originally on one side of the [athletic cuts] and then on the other side of it, so it was super bittersweet. So when everyone was talking about the [new erg room], it was too good to be true. It was the beginning of the light at the end of the tunnel, but you weren’t sure if or when it would happen. So it was really amazing to see we have all new facility. “We have a new erg room, all new locker rooms and it’s so beautiful,” Meekes added, “and they are beginning to break ground on the [East Park Canoe House]. So everything is happening. It’s awesome.” * T @Dan_Nels

mates, freshman midfielder Dinho Zwane is from I had a club team [in Louisville] called the River the eastern hemisphere, as he hails from Johan- City Rovers,” Zwane said. “They prepared me.” nesburg, South Africa. Aside the physical style The Rovers play in the USL Premier Deof play, he sees another difference velopmental League, which is UP NEXT between the game in his home the fourth tier in the American Owls at Penn State country and the United States. soccer system. The league has Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. “The game [in South Africa] spawned players such as current is so much faster and more ennational team members Geoff tertaining,” Zwane said. “Here, Cameron and Brad Guzan. it’s more hard work.” With the majority of the Standing at 5-foot-5-inchroster made up of underclasses, Zwane said he relies on his men, MacWilliams’ starting speed to beat defenders one-onlineup may be young. one. He played for the Trinity “We have potentially High School boys soccer team three or four freshmen who are in Louisville, Kentucky, the No. going to start,” MacWilliams David MacWilliams / coach said. “And it could be more, 29-ranked soccer team in the nation, according to Maxpreps. and you could see others get a com. lot of time. It’s definitely impacted our team, not But, Zwane said experience with a particular only this year, but in years to come.” club in the United States’ soccer system is what prepared him for the sport at the college level. * “[Trinity] helped prepare me school-wise but T @SteveSportsGuy1

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running back Brian Kimbrow] had 87 touches last year and he didn’t even play. We knew we had to shut down the run.” That they did. While Vanderbilt’s intriguing redshirt freshman Ralph Webb managed 70 yards on 16 carries, Temple stifled everybody else, holding the Commodores’ additional rushing attempts to a combined minus-16 yards on the ground en route to the Owls’ 37-7 toppling of their hosts on national television. While much of the nation nestled itself in restful sleep during the late hour, Temple’s defense continued to dominate the line of scrimmage and pound Vanderbilt’s inexperienced and ineffective offensive attack. A name not even listed in the Owls’ pre-game depth chart, junior defensive back Will Hayes, led the Owls with four solo tackles and assisted on two others. Linebackers Matakevich and redshirt junior Nate D. Smith registered three tackles apiece. Moreover, Temple’s pass rush made life difficult for each of the three signal callers summoned by first-year Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason, which played a part in the Owls forcing seven turnovers, including a pair of interceptions for junior cornerback Tavon Williams and a fumble forced by redshirt Sharif Finch (center) and company stop Ralph Webb at Vanderbilt Stadium. sophomore defensive end Avery Ellis. through the course of the next 55 minSophomore nose tackle Averee Robin- since established. Settling in on his first drive of the utes, 13 seconds: a coming-out party of son subsequently recovered the fumble and hauled it into the endzone to put night, Vanderbilt’s sophomore quarter- sorts for a much-maligned defense that back Patton Robinette had ranked among the nation’s worst durTemple ahead by two scores just berushed for three yards ing a tumultuous three-month period UP NEXT fore halftime. on his team’s first of- last fall. Owls vs. Navy “That was a big “When you prepare like we did and fensive play, and then Sept.6 at 1 p.m. momentum shift,” Elhanded off to Webb for with everything we’ve been through in lis said of the six-point the past year, and we knew how hard fumble. “I was surprised how free I four more. On 3rd-and-3, Robinette barked we worked this offseason,” Matakevcame, but when I saw the opportunity, I had to take it. I thought it was a out his cadence before taking the snap. ich said. “To just come out and execute big swing. The crowd went silent and He dropped back and shuffled his [defensive coordinator Phil Snow’s] feet after securing the ball, and was defense like that, and from my standthings went our way from there.” While that play further empha- promptly dropped by Ellis for the first point from the defensive side of the ball, it was just phenomenal.” sized the direction in which the contest of the defensive end’s two sacks. Once the stirring upset was over, By then, the tone had been firmly was headed, the initial tone set loudly by Temple’s defense had been long- stamped. The first of four Temple sacks the Owls’ defense had picked off as foreshadowed of what was to come many passes – three – as it did through Continued from page 20


field. With Vanderbilt sophomore cornerback Torren McGaster covering junior receiver Brandon Shippen early in the first quarter, the Owls ran a double slant. The top route, run by Shippen, who had beaten McGaster, took advantage of redshirt freshman safety Oren Burks’ focus on the possibility of another screen. The play resulted in the game’s first touchdown. This is what the spread offense is meant to do. In addition to the early struggles in the screen game, the running game got off to a slow start. The Owls averaged a 1.2 yards per carry in the first three drives of the game, including two sniffed-out quarterback option runs for losses of six and five yards respectively. Rushing yards proved crucial to the Owls scoring points in 2013. In their three highestscoring games last season, the offense averaged 5.2 yards per carry, one yard more than their season average of 4.2. Contrarily, in the offense’s three lowestscoring games, it managed just

shy of three yards per carry. The disparity oftentimes proved to be the difference in the game, like its 30-7 loss to Louisville. The Owls averaged their season worst 1.7 yards per carry in that contest, and as a result, allowed four sacks, also a season high. The body shots that the run provides tires out defensive fronts and helps open up the passing game by allowing Walker more time to operate in the pocket as a result of a more tired pass rush. When Temple averaged more than 5.5 yards per carry, the passing game flourished, averaging 8.5 yards per pass in those games – more than a yard higher than its season average of 7.2. “I think any time you establish the run it’s going to have an effect,” Rhule said. “It’s going to wear the defense down.” Rhule’s patience during the game displays a crucial progression needed to be made by head coaches, sticking to the gameplan. Fortunately for Rhule, his counterpart showed him exactly what to avoid. Coach Derek Mason, in his first game with the Commodores, abandoned his starting

quarterback, only to waver back and forth through his second and third-string quarterbacks in a distraction of an offensive showing. Mason’s mistakes and Rhule’s patience made all the difference in the schematic aspect of the game. While Vanderbilt found itself stuck in a carousel of quarterbacks and played sloppily, the Owls stuck to the gameplan laid out weeks in the making, and as a result, executed their plays and protected the football. The game displayed the importance of patience in a spread offense. Temple, a team coming off a 2-10 season in a mediocre conference, went on the road to a new-look team in the best conference in college football and forced seven turnovers, scoring 37 points in a game that wasn’t even close. A game in which the Owls were underdogs by a 16.5 pointspread. * ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17.

The Owls averaged 5.6 ypc. in their three highest scoring games in 2013.



the entirety of last season. They had recovered four fumbles, racked up four sacks for a total loss of 26 yards and ran a young Commodores offense ragged through 60 minutes. Along with notable performances for recognizable names in Matakevich and Young, newer faces like Ellis, Robinson and junior defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis, who opened eyes with a pair of solo tackles and a sack during the meat of the contest, all chipped in valuable contributions. While Temple and its defense will face a different type of test when Navy and its triple-option offense hits town Saturday, Matakevich and the rest of his group now have a legitimate posi-

tive in which to ride moving forward, and firm evidence of their ability to dominate a game on a relevant stage. “To start a season like this is a phenomenal feeling,” Matakevich said. “We knew what this team could do last year and we were coming up short. We just really wanted to set the tone and right now it’s a great start, but we still have a long way to go.” * ( 215.204.9537 T @daParent93

women’s soccer

Kirk brings stability, experience to roster felt at home. This season I think ence being here for four years I’ll stick mostly to outside back, and she’s seen how much the and I’m really glad I finally program has changed over those have one solid position where I four years,” O’Connor said. can work as hard as possible to While Kirk’s play and focus on being the best there. I leadership on the field have proOWEN MCCUE really like it there because I can vided an example for her team, The Temple News be a threat on the attack, as well she said she feels her work in In three years, Alyssa Kirk as utilize my one versus one de- the classroom can be just as beneficial to her younger teamwent from walk-on to Seamus fending skills.” As the only senior and the mates. Kirk, a nursing major, O’Connor’s scholarship capmost experienced player on the was named to the Temple Ditain. “She deserves a lot of cred- team, the Langhorne, Pennsyl- rector’s Honor Roll. “I certainly feel the need it,” O’Connor, the team’s sec- vania native said she feels some added pressure to give the team to convey the importance of ond year coach, said. academics to the Since Kirk’s inaugural guidance and diunderclassmen,” season, there has been a lot of rection. However, she does not go out Kirk said. “I am change. a nursing major There have been new play- of her way to fulfill and place exers, new coaches and even new her role. She said treme importance opponents. However, the team’s her expectations in my grades and lone constant has relied on se- for herself remain becoming a great nior Alyssa Kirk’s presence on the same: be a smart player on the nurse. Essentially, the field. academics is the During her career in a field and help her most important Temple shirt, Kirk has played team win games. Shauni Kerkhoff / teammate Junior goalthing and I enall over the field. From striker Shauni courage underto center back, she has played keeper every position aside from goal- Kerkhoff, who has teamed with classmen not to underestimate Kirk on the Owls’ backline to its importance.” keeper for the Owls. In her senior season with Amid the first three games post three shutouts already this of Temple’s season, games in season, has admired Kirk’s abil- the Owls, Kirk said she’s ready to leave a mark on the women’s which the Owls have won by a ity to take charge. “[Kirk] is a fantastic lead- soccer program. combined margin of 6-0, Kirk Kirk has seen a change in has demonstrated how valuable er,” Kerkhoff said. “She brings her versatility is to the team. so much to the team. She brings the mindset of her teammates She’s shown some offensive experience and she is a fantas- during her time spent with the firepower, recording a goal and tic athlete. She definitely leads Owls that makes her think the an assist, as well as some defen- more by example and is a great 2014 squad is poised for sucleader on and off cess. sive prowess UP NEXT the field.” “There are so many things helping anOwls at Rider O ’ C o n n o r that have changed for the betchor a defenSept. 5 at 7:00 p.m. has watched first ter since I came to Temple as a sive unit that hand as Kirk matured into this freshman,” Kirk said. “To put it has yet to concede a goal. While her ability to play leadership role. Although he is simply, we are just so much betnumerous positions is certainly entering just his second season ter. There is a completely new an asset to the team, Kirk said as head coach, O’Connor has mindset on this team. We are she feels comfortable settling been part of the coaching staff really proud to be from Temple, into the outside back position all four years Kirk has been and every single person who with the program. is a part of our program gears this season. He said he’s seen her everything we do towards suc“Last season, I thought I had found my niche at striker,” steadily evolve as a player and cess.” Kirk said. “I scored a few goals find her place at outside back * and did alright, but when I final- with the team. “She has a lot of experily got put back at outside back, I

As the team’s lone senior, Alyssa Kirk has offered wisdom.

“[Kirk] is

a fantastic leader. She brings so much to the team.




Field hockey

Despite national ranking in 2013, Owls consider themselves underdogs After a solid 2013 season, the Owls still approach 2014 as if they’re behind. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Temple is still a dark horse team in the Big East Conference, at least in the mind of Lizzy Millen. “We always feel like underdogs,” Millen, the Owls’ redshirt senior goalkeeper, said. The Owls finished last season at a 14-6 mark, with a national ranking for the first time in 12 years. The year was a positive debut in the Big East Conference, but that hasn’t changed the mentality of the team. “It’s going to be important for us to not…[we have to] stay humble and keep ourselves in that kind of underdog mentality, so we don’t overestimate our abilities against some of the really big opponents,” senior midfielder and cocaptain Nicole Kroener said. “That’ll be super important for us, and just to really outwork and make sure we have strong ball movement.” Although Temple’s 2013 season was one of measurable success, the team had more struggles when it came to playing other ranked teams. Although pulling out an upset 3-0 win against then No. 6-ranked Penn State on Sept. 6, and a 1-0 shutout of No. 20 Drexel on Oct. 20 of last year, five of Temple’s six losses were to nationally-ranked teams that ended up making it into the NCAA Tournament.

Coming off a 14-6 season, the Owls are still treating the new year with the same mentality.

Senior forward Amber Youtz, the a week later. Another shutout from UConn was Owls’ leading scorer in 2013, hasn’t forgot about those games, especially the result, a final score of 3-0. “That showed us that we the last two. UP NEXT still had a lot of work to Temple was do,” Youtz said. “A lot blanked 7-0 by ConOwls at Rutgers of training to do over necticut in the reguSept. 6 at 3 p.m. the summer, and that lar season finale, and with the fourth seed in the Big East we still have a lot to prove to the Big Tournament secured, the Owls were East and show what were made of.” “I think we didn’t know how good locked to face the top-seeded Huskies


Mauro looks to young returners for results Farnsworth Invitational. life is Morocco. But eventually, Paulus, who hails from the best tennis players play well Rheinau, Germany, said there’s on any style of court. one particular area of the game “We know they’re all talin which he needs to be more ented,” Mauro said. “We recruit aggressive. the best player, the best studentSTEVE BOHNEL “[I’ve worked] on my ofathlete we can find. We realize The Temple News fensive game, and finishing there’s an acclimation period A year after the men’s balls up at the net,” Paulus said. to get used to college tennis in tennis team finished .500, not “Because I was playing from America, but we feel we have much has changed about coach the baseline, which was leading a strong coaching staff that will to longer rallies.” help them with that.” Steve Mauro’s roster. Paulus added that playing The Owls return to compe“We were a young team so far back can end up hurting tition this fall after what was a last year,” Mauro said. “We him in the long streaky spring season. Temple didn’t gradurun, further stressstarted off the season in Januate anyone, ing the importance ary and didn’t win a match and our better of making runs up until Feb. 23 against Fordham players were to the net and putat home, losing eight consecuall younger, ting away the voltive matches in the interim. freshman and ley at any point in The team followed with four sophomores. the rally. straight victories. They’re all Belkssir, who After that, it lost another a year older, is from Rabat, Motwo before finishing the regular and have rocco, said he has season with seven straight wins more experifocused on many and subsequently falling in the ence so I’m of the same things, opening round of the conferhoping that but has also tried ence tournament to Louisville. maturity and Steve Mauro / coach to improve another Paulus said although that experience facet of his game. may stem from the mental aswill carry us through [this sea“I’ve been working on pect of the game, son].” UP NEXT my backhand,” it doesn’t apEntering the fall, Mauro Navy Invitational Belkssir said. ply to everysaid his team has been working Sept. 5 “The backhand is body. on fitness, something that beespecially some“ F o r comes more important once the thing I can get better at.” some of us, it might be a menAmerican Athletic Conference It’s a basic skill, but along tal thing,” Paulus said. “It’s a tournaments roll around later in with the volley, these are all matter of confidence, just keep the season. factors that come into play on doing what you’re doing, and The strength and condihard courts, something that know that you can do it.” tioning team has worked closeOf course, being on the ly with the athletes, providing a many players on Mauro’s roster have been adjusting to during right side of the win-loss colprogram for them to prepare for the past couple of years. umn helps. the season, which starts TuesMany tennis players across “Once you start losing, you day with the team’s first practhe globe play on clay, which is ask yourself questions instead tice. a slower surface. Therefore, the of just playing,” Paulus said. Two players that had sucOwls have had to adapt to the “That’s not good for your game. cess last fall, juniors Nicolas style of play that concrete de… When you’re winning, you Paulus and Hicham Belkssir, mands. know what you’re doing is will look to build off those per“When [Europeans and right.” formances from last year. PauMauro’s squad kicks the lus finished the fall season with South Americans] come to America, all the tournaments fall season off at the Navy Ina record of 8-5, winning seven are played on hard courts,” vitational in Annapolis, Maryof his last 10 singles matches. Mauro said. “[Adjusting] takes land, on Friday. Belkssir was even better, compiling a record of 11-4 while some time, it takes some up to winning the sixth singles flight a year.” Mauro added that this * at the Navy Invitational and the was the case for Belkssir, who T @SteveSportsGuy1 singles title at the Princeton/ played on hard courts his whole


UConn was at the time,” 10th-year coach Amanda Janney said. “They proved it, and at the end of November they did a great job to represent the Big East and win the national championship. That kind of gave us more motivation, that we’re playing against the very best in the nation.” Temple will get another shot at UConn on Nov. 1, when the Huskies travel to Geasey Field. Both games

from last season were in Connecticut. The team started off the season with a weekend sweep in the Conference Cup tournament at the Spooky Nook complex in Lancaster, defeating Northeastern 4-2 on Friday and the University of Massachusetts 2-0 on Sunday. Temple won’t have its home opener until Sept. 12 against Delaware, with road games against Rutgers and Duke scheduled for this weekend. UMass will enter the weekend ranked No. 10 in the nation, after going 16-4 and winning the Atlantic 10 before falling to No. 5 Duke in the NCAA Quarterfinals. Last season’s ending put Temple one spot out of qualifying for the national tournament. The Owls are returning with most of the roster intact, losing three seniors, but adding six freshmen into the mix. Temple is projected to finish third in the Big East, according to the preseason coaches’ poll. But despite most of the roster returning, players say they still have work to do. “We’re not a team that expects anything to be given to us,” Youtz said. “We still have to prove ourselves to the hockey world.” “We were so close we could pretty much taste it,” Kroener , who led the team in assists last season with 10, said. “So hopefully it will be a big motivator for us this fall.” * T @itssnick215

ICE hockey notebook | tryouts

The Owls will return all of their players from 2013.

“We were a

young team last year. We didn’t graduate anyone and our better players were all younger.


Greg Malinowski, last year’s team captain, said nobody’s spot is safe during tryouts.

Tryouts ‘way too friendly’ Frain welcomes returners, but no spots are promised. STEPHEN GODWIN JR. The Temple News The tryout period for Temple ice hockey is a painful, three-day audition that leaves little room for friendship. Regardless of status, from veterans of the team to newcomers of collegiate club hockey, a roster spot is not guaranteed. Junior captain Greg Malinowski informed his team of that particular policy on the first night of tryouts. “Everybody was being way too friendly out there,” Malinowski said at the end of the night. “Nobody should be friends right now. Everybody is fighting for a roster spot. Nobody’s job is safe.” The first night of tryouts mainly focused on evaluating the players through a series of drills. As the players’ skates sliced through the ice, they worked on their speed, puck handling and skating. The tryouts featured a number of one-on-one and twoon-two drills. Coach Ryan Frain said the team looks out of shape, but does see a lot of potential this

season. Semborski sharp in net Senior goalie Eric Semborski saw his first action of the season as he was the first goalie to take shots from his teammates in shootout drills. Semborski stopped the majority of the shots fired in his direction. “It was good,” Semborski said. “It was a good amount of shots and high tempo, so we are just trying to find our rhythm again.” The other netminder manning the opposite net was sophomore Scott Salamon, who is new to the team. Salamon said he is looking to outdo Semborski for the No. 1 goalie spot.

Hard hits early Midway through practice in one-on-one drills, one of the defensemen clobbered his attacking opponent into the boards. Seconds later, the next defenseman seemed inspired by the take-down and sent his opponent smashing into the boards as well. Those thunderous blows along the boards did not rattle Frain, who said it helps prepare his team for the season. “It’s just the nature of the sport,” Frain said. “We want to let some of the young guys

know that this is big boy hockey. “ Old friend Frain is still seeking another coach to help him coach the offense, but, for now, he’ll enjoy the assistance of an old teammate. Former right winger Christopher Altomare played three years on the Owls with Frain, and is helping coach tryouts for the second consecutive year. Altomare works as Frain’s coach on the ice by instructing the players through the drills. This allows Frain to stand atop an elevated platform overlooking center-ice, accessed by an aged, eight-foot step ladder splattered with old paint. Frain sees the entirety of the ice as a result, and is able to better evaluate his talent and converse with coaches. Though somewhat distant from the ice when he’s perched atop the platform, it does not affect his presence with the players. “Once or twice I saw a couple of the returners slacking off,” Frain said. “I just waited for them to skate near me and I gave them an earful.” * T @SteveGodwinJr


Alyssa Kirk, the only senior on the women’s soccer team, offers wisdom and shares experience with younger players. PAGE 18

Our sports blog


Patience pays off for Owls


.J. Walker was a prisoner of his own scheme. The sophomore quarterback averaged 4.3 yards per pass in his first drive against the Vanderbilt Commodores, nearly half of what he averaged the year before. Walker’s average, mostly made up of wide receiver screen passes resulting in three and two yards respectively during the six-play drive, proved EJ SMITH fruitless early on. After a loss of three yards on a similar screen pass to redshirt sophomore Khalif Herbin, the gameplan began to look stale. But, patience in a spread offense can mean the difference between an upset win over a Southeastern Conference school and a 30-point loss to a beatable team. During the game, the Owls habitually tossed passes down the line of scrimmage to receivers Herbin and senior Jalen Fitzpatrick.

During the 2014 season, players on the football team will wear a patch on the back of their helmets to memorialize former trustee Lewis Katz. PAGE 17


While at times futile, the screen passes have paid off for the Owls.


Despite a solid 2013 season where the field hockey team went 14-6, Amanda Janney’s squad still approaches 2014 like an underdog. PAGE 19

Responsible for counting the number of defenders on the defensive line and linebacker corps, and making his read accordingly, Walker was forced to settle for wasted plays. “We’ve made the move to become a spread team. When we do that we just read the box count,” Rhule said. “Sometimes you’ll just throw it out there and get six, two, minus-2. “We’re just going to be patient, and just realize that some good plays and some bad plays are going to be there,” Rhule added. Rhule displayed patience, a trait necessary for young coaches. Rhule’s patience eventually resulted in exactly the outcome the spread option was designed to accomplish. Space. After the continuous screens, the Owls countered their routine on a fake screen to a wheel route for Khalif Herbin, a player who can operate in space. The play-action pass resulted in a 17-yard gain. The defensive backs gradually cheated closer and closer to the line of scrimmage, looking to combat the quick screen passes. The closer they cheated, the more ground they were forced to cover in the event of a progressive route down the



Football | season opener


The defense celebrates Averee Robinson’s 55-yard touchdown fumble recovery.

RUNNING AWAY WITH IT The Owls forced seven turnovers in a 37-7 blowout. ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor


he spread showed a line of 16.5. The Owls were steep underdogs when Las Vegas’ South Point sports book opened about a month before last Thursday’s season-opener at Vanderbilt. The day of the game, the spread sat at 13, before dropping to 10 and finally to a nine-point spread just before kickoff. Ap-

Crew & Rowing

parently, the bulk of the bettors began to speculate that Vanderbilt’s advantage over Temple, a two-win team just nine months ago, was less of a given than it should have been. After all, the Owls were paying visit to Vanderbilt, a Southeastern Conference opponent boasting nine-win teams in each of the last two seasons. But Vegas’ finest weren’t the only pundits who saw the numerous holes in a Vanderbilt side that started a sophomore quarterback, a redshirt freshman at tailback and several freshmen and sophomores on defense.

Linebackers coach Mike Siravo informed his defensive corps of one of Vanderbilt’s biggest weaknesses well before game time, when rain fell in droves and lightning blared overhead amid a 97-minute rain delay prior to a 10:52 p.m. CST kickoff. “We knew [Vanderbilt] had a lot of inexperienced guys,” junior middle linebacker Tyler Matakevich said. “[Linebackers coach Mike Siravo] broke it down for us before the game. Their leading wide receiver [sophomore Jordan Cunningham] had 15 catches last year, and [Commodores junior



Finnish newcomers aim to bolster offensive attack MacWilliams searches for talent across the globe. STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News


Members of the rowing team work out on erg machines in the program’s new training space.

Crew and rowing teams land new facility on Main Campus After cuts, rowers have taken solace in a new training facility. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News It became a routine. Before the crew and rowing teams could even begin their indoor practice, they had one thing to do: set up more than 20 ergometers. Nestled in the back of the upper-level of the weight room, each student-athlete was dubbed with the task of moving an ergometer, an indoor rowing machine designed to have a pair of footrests, handles, sliding seats, screens and weights, adding up to roughly 60-80 pounds in weight, to the front of the room, where the teams would conduct their practices. Yet, they had to be careful enough to create a walking path for other student-

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athletes and strength and conditioning coaches whom they shared the room with. Then, after more than two hours of vigorous practice, the teams would return the ergs back to their original spots, and do it again the following day. Now, that will all change due to a brand-new indoor training facility that will mark the teams’ first exclusive training area in more than 20 years. The new room, often called “the erg room” by members of the men’s and women’s teams, is located just a few doors away from the weight room in the basement of McGonigle Hall. There will be close to 45 ergs, some new, and also spin bikes available to the teams in the new room. Women’s coach Rebecca Grzybowski said the team will no longer have to set up the ergs, as


Joonas Jokinen is a YouTube sensation, but doesn’t understand why. The men’s soccer freshman midfielder/forward said he has no idea why his backflip penalty kick has gotten millions of views. In fact, he wasn’t even planning on uploading the video in the first place. “We were losing in our game 4-0, so my coach yelled, ‘Give it a go!” Jokinen said. “One of my friends wanted to see it, and I tried to send it as an email, but it was too big of a document, so he said to put it on YouTube.” Jokinen, a native of Helsinki, Finland, is part of a recruiting class of 13 freshmen that includes another member from Finland, and one player apiece from South Africa and Trinidad. The rest come from across the United States, from California to right here in Philadelphia. Coach David MacWilliams says it’s fitting given the identity of the university he coaches. “We kind of replicate what Temple University is really about,” coach Dave MacWil-


liams said. “Temple is one of skill set comes from his mental the most diverse schools in the picture of the game. country, and [our team] is very “I think I bring a lot of insimilar right now.” telligence,” Tynkkynen said. Jokinen’s fellow country- “How to move, how to find the man, Olli Tynkkynen, is anoth- spaces [in the defense], because er recruit that looks to make an it is a different [game] over impact this fall for Temple. here.” The Lahti, Finald native Temple’s other Finnish isn’t off to a bad start, though, player, Jokinen, scored his faas he netted a pair of goals in the mous penalty in 2011 for his Owls’ 3-2 defeat of Sacramento youth club, FC Baar. He has State Sunday. backed up He has started that video both of Temwith his play ple’s games on the field, at the forward leading his position thus age group far this season. in scoring at Both the national have played level, and for the Fintallying 34 land U-19 nagoals and tional squad, 17 assists and look to for his high add the offenDavid MacWilliams / coach school, the sive spark that ACS CobTemple, No. 128 in Division I ham International School in in goals per game last year with Surrey, England. 1.17, needs this season. However, in order to adapt “Both of them can score to the American college game, goals,” MacWilliams said. Jokinen said he needs to pre“Last year we were a team that pare his body for the beating the was very good defensively, and new style of play presents. in order to get to the next level, “[I need to] become more you have to score a little more of a physical player,” Jokinen goals.” said. “From the games and Tynkkynen showed off that training I’ve seen, it’s physical, talent in the first scrimmage it’s big guys, it’s rough.” against Lafayette, netting a shot Like his Finnish teamfrom right outside the penalty RECRUITING PAGE 17 box. But he feels a lot of his

“We kind of

replicate what Temple University is really about. Temple is one of the most diverse schools in the country.

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Volume 93 Issue 02  

Issue for Tuesday September 2, 2014.

Volume 93 Issue 02  

Issue for Tuesday September 2, 2014.


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