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University Local man looks to buy charged in local school robbery Officials said Temple has inquired to district about buying William Penn High. JOHN MORITZ News Editor Temple is interested in purchasing the property of the shuttered William Penn High School as part of a plan by the School District of Philadelphia to raise $61 million from abandoned properties to fund its financial shortfalls. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations confirmed the university sent a letter inquiring about purchasing the Wooden Shoe Books and Records on South Street, which sells books, patches, zines and more, finds success despite an industry property, which sits on the corthat seems to fall with each new e-book released. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN ner of Broad and Master streets. The five-acre property has a 2014 certified market value of $32.5 million, according to city property assessment records. William Penn, a 475,000-square-foot building, The Wooden Shoe is a collective, which Shoe.” Independent bookstores find Generic calls “America’s bookstore.” “We’re not dying, that’s not the kind of was closed by the district in success despite a narrowing It’s been around since 1976, supported question you ask,” Michael Fox, the owner 2010 and its 641 students were by its volunteer base, selling anarchist and of Joseph Fox Bookshop on Sansom Street moved into surrounding schools. industry. Creedon denied the univerleft-wing literature. The Wooden Shoe may in Center City said. “We survive because sity is planning to use the propbe popular because of its uniqueness, or for we’re good. All kinds of people come into ANDREW GRIFFIN erty for an off-campus football other reasons, Generic said. our store – people who like good books.” The Temple News stadium, despite some specula“There’s not really anyone we have While the bookstores are confident in tion. The volunteers at Wooden Shoe Books to compete with because there’s not many their sales, BookScan reported that of each “I’m sure the football and Records stare from behind the counter bookstores left,” Generic said. “The only book sold on the market, only 250 copies speculation is hot and heavy,” as a middle-aged bald man in neat clothes bookstores that are still around in Philadel- are purchased each year and only 3,000 copCreedon said. “But whoever is and a teenager in a torn Guns N’ Roses T- phia are independent ones like the Wooden ies throughout the book’s lifetime. saying that is coming to a lot of It’s e-books that are taking over the shirt browse through Steinbeck, Tolstoy and conclusions.” market. BookStats reported that sales of ewritings from the radical left. Any future decisions rebooks rose approximately 44.2 percent last The crowd that usually fills South garding the property should it year. Street has not arrived yet and the cold Satbe sold to the university would Bigger retailers such as Barnes & urday morning occupies the empty space. be developed as part of VisualNoble are still in business, but Borders has “Our audience is pretty mixed because ize Temple, the university’s next since closed its doors. Barnes & Noble’s we are on South Street,” said James Genermild success could be attributed to its eic, who serves as one of the store’s clerks, PENN PAGE 6 book reader, the Nook. as he absentmindedly runs his hand over his Online and electronic books are where thick beard. “We get people who are already the student population often gets its literaradicals, but also a lot of people who are just ture rather than bookstores themselves. here for the day to check it out.” SOURCES: BookScan, BookStats, American
Burgeoning books, declining sales
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Higher ed for incarcerated persons A national program that enables education in prisons began at Temple. BRIAN TOM The Temple News When he was a child, Paul’s friends would call him crazy because of his lofty ideas – he would argue it was just their way of saying he had an overactive imagination. Never did he think that one day, one crazy idea would be the bellwether of a nationwide movement. Paul is serving a life sentence at the State Correctional Institution in Dallas, Pa. In 1997, he helped establish the Inside-Out program, an educational exchange organization
The office of Inside-Out, a program established in 1997 by Lori Pompa, a professor at Temple. | CLAIRE SASKO TTN that provides learning for college students inside prisons, involving incarcerated persons. It is one of the few programs in the country that offers postsecondary education to the incarcerated.
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Action taken from task force Several of the policies from President Hart’s 2012 community relations task force have been enacted. PAGE 2
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Trustee Nelson Diaz said his unlikely path to a Temple degree has led him to unique policies on the board. PAGE 2 OPINION - PAGES 4-5
Why crime alerts need to change
The idea was sparked when he was invited to be a part of a panel to discuss issues with crime and punishment with criminal justice students from Temple in 1995. Inspired by the students’ enthusiasm and
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insight, he presented an idea to create a class comprised of incarcerated men and women and students. Paul approached Lori Pompa, an instructor at the time, and the two created what is now a national program and a growing global phenomena. “I could never have imagined doing anything like this in my life,” Pompa said. The program is unique because it’s the only one that brings college students and classes into the prison while simultaneously educating incarcerated men and women. Typically, learning in that setting is one-sided, focused on the educational opportunity for only the “outside” students, which is how the college students are known. “We bring classes
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he hunt for a man police identified as the suspect in last week’s assault on an 81-yearold professor in his Anderson Hall office ended Thursday with the arrest of a man with several prior robbery convictions. Darryl Moon, 45, of the 3000 block of North Sydenham Street was arrested Thursday morning on the 1500 block of West Allegheny Avenue, shortly after Philadelphia Police published his name and photo in connection with the case. Moon, who is not affiliated with the university, has multiple prior convictions for robbery charges in Philadelphia dating back to 1989. Moon has been charged on nine counts for the incident at Anderson Hall, including aggravated assault, robbery while inflicting serious injury, trespassing and reckless endangerment. His bail was set at $500,000, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15. Charlie Leone, acting executive director of Campus Safety Services, said police are still working to determine how the suspect gained access to the second-floor office in Anderson Hall, which is guarded by a security officer at the main entrance along Polett Walk.
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To lead in The American, Theobald chooses Clark National search cancelled with choice of interim athletic director. SEAN CARLIN The Temple News Six months after Kevin Clark was named interim athletic director, the university announced last week that the he has dropped the interim tag and was appointed vice president and athletic director. Clark came to Temple from Indiana University with President Theobald as his senior adviser. He was appointed the interim athletic director after former Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw announced his retirement earlier this year. When the university announced Bradshaw’s retirement in May, it indicated that Temple
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Donut truck fresh on the streets
Metric prides itself on DIY nature
Undrgrnd Donut uses Twitter to spread awareness among students when it appears on Main Campus each week. PAGE 16
Jimmy Shaw, guitarist of Metric, reflects on his 11year career with the band before its Nov. 8 show. PAGE 9
Nonprofit funds creativity
The university partnered with the National Park Service to establish a certification program for students of any major to become park rangers. PAGE 7
Elderly professor robbed, hit while sitting in his office in Anderson Hall.
The Awesome Foundation, a nonprofit that recently started a Philadelphia location, gives $1,000 to projects in need of a boost. PAGE 9
Kevin Clark. | TTN FILE PHOTO
would conduct a national search to fill the vacancy. However, Theobald said in an email that the university canceled the search because Clark proved capable of taking the job during his six months as the interim. “He is excellent at building consensus and I am impressed with his ability to master the details of big challenges. He
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Owls blow lead in loss to Rutgers
Men’s soccer finishes strong
Temple was picked to place last in The American, but earned the fourth seed in the conference tournament this weekend. PAGE 22
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Student orgs prep for election
Reports of sex assaults rise in halls
TSG, TUCR and TCD are rallying voters in Philly.
CSS meets with other departments to discuss sex assaults. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News
MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor Some Temple students are out and about for the elections Tuesday, but not just to vote. Members of various political s t u STUDENT GOVERNMENT d e n t organizations are advocating for candidates and others are encouraging voter turnout. Members of the Temple University College Republicans will be individually helping at the polls or with campaigns. TUCR Chairman Joe Oleksak, having participated in an election before, said there’s no experience like it. “I don’t think a lot of people know what to expect,” Oleksak said. “Until you experience an A residential block in the North Central District to the west of Main Campus, the university planned several initiatives in an Election Day you won’t see, it’s attempt to pacify relations between students and local residents who co-exist in the community. | SARAI FLORES TTN just absolute chaos…but there’s a method to the madness.” Oleksak said although it’s hectic, working at the polls can change the way someone views Hart, who left Temple in – enhance infrastructure, create of Students Stephanie Ives, an election. Departments must 2012, charged the task force a culture of shared ownership chair of the task force. “I think a lot of people take raise funds for The second recommendawith improving the student and enhance communications, it for granted,” Oleksak said. body’s relationship with local educating students of off-cam- tion by the task force, which arneighbor relation “But after a few hours, you gain gues for influencing student culresidents after increasing com- pus behavior expectations. a lot of appreciation.” programs. After taking over at the be- ture, was the basis for the Good plaints from residents and a bill Oleksak said he was pleasintroduced into City Council ginning of this year, President Neighbor Initiative, building off antly surprised to see underthat would potentially ban stu- Neil Theobald worked with the of the policy originally created classmen take the most active SARAI FLORES dents from living outside a des- task force’s recommendations by Senior Associate Dean of roles in TUCR. On the other The Temple News by creating the Good Neighbor Students Andrea Caporale Seiss ignated area around campus. hand, Temple Student GovernThe task force ended in Initiative as part of the recom- and Kate Schaeffer, program ment is reaching out to encourTwo years after Temple’s age more underclassmen to par- University Community and 2012 after it submitted a report mendation to expand the exist- coordinator for alcohol and other drugs, interpersonal vioticipate in this election. Student Off-Campus Issues and to Hart that included 22 initia- ing Good Neighbor Policy. Theobald did not respond lence and mental health with the TSG put up posters in resiConcerns Task tives in five recommended areas Wellness Resource Center. The dence halls to encourage voter COMMUNITY Force convened members felt needed the most to requests for comment. “Some of the initiatives, initiative seeks to raise student participation and inform stuunder former attention in order to improve redents where they can vote. The President Ann Weaver Hart’s lationships with local residents: such as expediting the student awareness about their responsicolorful handmade information- administration, initiatives in all revise the student conduct pro- conduct referral process and bilities as community members. The task force’s other recal posters were drawn last week five recommendation areas have cess, influence student culture creating tangible programs unbeen implemented or are on – including expanding the uni- der the Good Neighbor InitiaCOMMUNITY PAGE 3 ELECTION PAGE 3 their way to being implemented. versity’s Good Neighbor Policy tive, are underway,” said Dean
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Reports of sexual assaults within residence halls have been on the rise this year, with incidents tripling compared to data from 2012. This CRIME dramatic increase has spurred the university to take action. From January to Oct. 10, six sexual assaults have been reported from the residence halls as compared to two last year during the same timeframe. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives said the numbers have the potential to be skewed due to victims not reporting past assaults. “A rise in reporting can mean that more victims are willing to come forward and regain power in their lives by having the person who assaulted them held accountable,” Ives said in an email. Shondrika Merritt, assistant director of Residential Life, said she believes the rise in reported sexual assaults could be correlated with her department’s push for awareness within the staff. “I think it’s coming from people being more aware of what it means to come forward,” Merritt said. “It comes from people feeling more comfortable and people knowing more resources on campus and things like that.” Members of the Residential Life staff have had many conversations about dealing with sexual assaults in the residence halls, Merritt said, adding that the best way to combat the issue
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Trustee argues for more inclusive admissions New process in sex
school to work better for lower-income students for whom Temple was their only choice. “That’s why we became state-related in the first place,” Diaz said. “Temple isn’t Harvard. It’s for working-class kids JOE GILBRIDE who scrapped hard to overcome The Temple News past issues, whether they be poverty, race or sexual issues.” After he was given a Diaz said he lobbies conchance as a student with medio- stantly to keep Temple from cre test scores to attend the Bea- diverging from its mission to sley School of Law provide affordable Meet the Trustees by famed president education to those Part four of a series. and then-Dean Peter with fewer opporLiacouras, Trustee tunities. Nelson Diaz said he uses his ex“No other institution has ample to try to keep the board the impact on this city,” Diaz he serves looking past the num- said. bers. Diaz highlighted his past Diaz arrived at Temple’s law school in 1969. After growing up in public housing in Harlem, N.Y., he spent his graduate years sharing a house with a couple in Camden, N.J. Diaz’s had a career as a lawyer and general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Clinton Administration before spending nearly two decades on Temple’s Board of Trustees. Diaz said at the time he was studying law, the dean flunked two-thirds of the students each Trustee Nelson Diaz (right) year. Diaz bargained for the poses with Nelson Mandela. |
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as making him a unique figure on the board, and one who is prone to have differing views in a body known for its solidarity. When it comes to the board’s activities, Diaz said it is “politics with a capital ‘p.’” “I’m one of the few assertive guys on the board,” Diaz said. “Sometimes they rift with me because I push different agendas and make people feel uncomfortable. I’m always the activist on the board.” One of the disagreements Diaz said he often has with other board members is Temple’s high standards of test scores for admission, which he said leads to missed opportunities to educate hardworking and smart students. Diaz said he believes Temple should give more chances to students who did not score highly on tests, as President Liacouras did for him. “They’re all hung up on numbers instead of people,” Diaz said, adding that attitude runs contrary to the university’s founding mission. “Russell Conwell wanted to find diamonds in the rough of North Philadelphia,” Diaz said. “We are delegating them to a community college. That’s where we miss the opportunity to get someone early on.”
“They’ll go back and empower their communities,” Diaz said. “They’ll say ‘Temple gave me a chance.’” Temple’s most recent incoming class of freshmen have the highest average SAT scores and high school GPAs in recent years, according to statistics published at the university earlier this year. Though he recognized Temple’s impact, Diaz said he is concerned with Philadelphia’s ability to keep graduates within the city after they leave school to find employment. Diaz said jobs in Philadelphia have not caught up with the high standards of college graduates. “Because you are educated and qualified, we lose you,” Diaz said. According to a 2013 report by The Pew Charitable Trusts, more than 157,000 Philadelphia residents commute to work outside of the city in surrounding suburbs. Since his admission to the law school, Diaz said he has never left Temple. He said he will continue to speak for the community and for students, even if it means being a thorn in the side of his fellow trustees. Joe Gilbride can be reached at email@example.com.
Violence Against Women Act pushes reforms at universities across country. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor Due to a reenacted federal law with additional provisions, the university has modified its policy on sexual assaults. On Nov. 1, Dean of Students Stephanie Ives sent an email to students informing them of the amendments. The policy – the Preventing and Addressing Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking policy – includes two main revisions, which were updated on Oct. 1, Ives said. The first alters the policy to be more comprehensive to include sexual assault, domestic violence, dating and stalking. The second provides the resources available to the university community with respect to these crimes. “The policy outlines for the community as a whole – faculty, staff and students – the resourc-
es that are available for victim assistance, reporting one of these crimes, how you can seek support on campus, what the Student Conduct Code says,” Ives said. These changes were required by the Violence Against Women Act to be in effect by March 2014. “We amended it actually ahead of time,” Ives said. “We are ahead of time in making sure our policy is comprehensive and reflecting what the government said we have to outline for our community.” The VAWA was originally passed by Congress in 1994 and required reauthorization last year. However, due to partisan division on various elements of the bill, the law was allowed to expire in 2011 until the 107page reauthorization was passed in March earlier this year. Along with reinstating the provisions of VAWA, the reauthorization included amendments to the Clery Act, a federal statute which requires disclosure by all colleges and universities receiving federal financial
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Dems. head to RAs instructed in handling sexual assault Va. for gov. race cases while residence halls get more reports ELECTION PAGE 2
by members of the Committee of Government Affairs and some others in TSG. Dylan Morpurgo, director of government affairs for TSG, said he hopes to educate uninformed but registered voters that they can vote and how to do it. “As this election is in an off-year with down-ballot elections, not many people are aware there are even elections taking place this November,” Morpurgo said in an email. “We hope that students, especially freshmen and new students living in residence halls will take the time to perform their civic duty in their new city of Philadelphia.” All of these positions up for election are either municipal or state, including district attorney, city controller and numerous judicial seats. Low voter turnout for the primaries last May indicates similarly low public interest for Tuesday’s general election, especially among Temple students. Citywide turnout in May was as low as 9 percent of all registered voters. In Temple’s approximate voting zone, participation was even lower, coming in around only 5 percent.
In a city with roughly eight registered Democrats for every one registered Republican, the odds are steep for any municipal Republican candidate to win. A closer, more high-stakes election in Virginia is the destination for a delegation from Temple College Democrats this election season. The organization is advocating for Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race. For members who are not able to make the trip, TCD is also holding a phone bank. However, TCD President Jessica Cooper sees a larger benefit of political participation. “What I hope we achieve is more than getting our preferred candidate elected,” she said in an email. “I hope that our members find a sense of involvement and maybe even find their calling in campaigning. To me, voting is the most important civic duty one could do.” For those already registered to vote in Philadelphia, assigned polling places can be found on PhiladelphiaVotes.com or Seventy.org and are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@ temple.edu or on Twitter @ MarcusMcCarthy6.
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is to continue educating those that come into close contact with the students. “In the residence halls, the first people that students go to are the RAs or the peer mentors,” Merritt said. “The more that that staff knows about this topic, I think the more aware a community can be.” Merritt also said interdepartmental communication is a vital cog in the fight against sexual crime. “I think when we partner together as we do, it definitely helps increase the awareness on campus and within the halls,” she added. Merritt said the residence halls use the Wellness Resource Center as their partner and guide when dealing with sexual crime. On Thursday, a meeting was held to discuss how further cooperation can be utilized to continue to combat sexual crime. Campus Safety Services, the Dean of Students’ Office, the Wellness Resource Center, University Housing and Residential Life, the Office of Equal Opportunity Compliance and
the Office of University Counsel were among the groups that participated in the discussion. Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said the topics discussed included theories as to why there are a larger number of sexual assaults being reported in residence halls, as well as prevention, protection and support for student survivors. “This group can and will make change for the better happen,” he said in an email. However, Ives said, regardless of the efforts the university puts forth, sexual assaults will continue to occur as long as students fail to understand the concept of consent. “In every situation in which sexual intimacy is about to occur, consent is an active and verbal process on the part of both participants,” Ives said. “No one should ever assume that silence is consent.” Ives said the university will continue to strive to make improvements and help students as much as it can. Her office recently released an amendment to the university policy on sex-
The entrance to Temple Towers. Residence halls have seen a rise in sexual assault reports. | TTN FILE PHOTO ual assault, which was brought to the attention of students via email Friday.
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aid to publicly publish campus crime statistics. Among others, VAWA additionally requires the number of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking cases to be reported in the Clery-stipulated annual security and fire safety report by colleges and universities. This development comes at a time when sexual assault reports were on the rise at Temple. Seventeen sexual assaults were reported in 2013 up to Oct. 11. In the same time period the previous year, 13 sexual assaults were reported. The Student Conduct Code
Dylan Morpurgo (right) and Sonia Galiber, both of Temple Student Government, make posters advertising Election Day and encouraging students to vote. | ERIC DAO TTN
Anderson breach leads to robbery ANDERSON PAGE 1
Video surveillance footage captured the suspect leaving Anderson Hall from exit doors that are locked from the outside on the large patio connecting Anderson and adjacent Gladfelter Hall. Leone police are unsure how the suspect entered the building, with no camera footage from the main entrance to Anderson or several side entrances. Leone said three additional officers have been posted at the building until security issues can be resolved with the addition of new cameras and door alarms. The robbery occurred around 11:20 a.m. on Oct. 29 when police say a man walked into the office of an 81-year-old professor sitting at his desk using his computer. The victim was punched in the head before his attacker demanded he turn over his wallet, to which the victim complied, only to be struck again in the face, suffering from lacerations as well as swelling and bleeding of the brain. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where officials declined to comment on his condition Thursday, citing the wishes of the victim’s family.
Officers from Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detective Division arrived at the university that afternoon to review surveillance footage, which was released publicly on its website Wednesday. Philadelphia Police issued Moon’s name and photograph on a wanted poster for the crime late that night. In 2007, Moon pleaded guilty to robbery by force, theft, receiving stolen property, simple assault and reckless endangerment, all stemming from an arrest in September of that year. Moon was sentenced with three to six years imprisonment and a year’s probation. Moon also has priors for possession of a controlled substance, simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime. In addition to his 2007 case, court records show Moon has been sentenced to imprisonment four times between 1989 and 2001. Moon was arrested on Sept. 12, 2012 for retail theft. That case is still in court, with a summary trial scheduled for Dec. 11. John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com or on
was also updated to reflect these changes and includes “specific conduct violations for dating and domestic violence, as well as stalking, and new notice and appeal revisions,” according to Ives’ email. Having been updated in 2011, the code now states that victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking can be notified of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding and the complainant has the right to appeal the outcome, according to the code. Ives said those policies came from a recommendation in a “Dear Colleague Letter”
from the U.S. Department of Education in 2011 that stated the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights “also recommends that schools provide an appeals process. If a school provides for appeal of the findings or remedy, it must do so for both parties.” “The U.S. Department of Education really has a put a responsibility to have a process in place to adjudicate violations of its student code, which include sexual violence crimes,” Ives said. Temple’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report has also been updated to include a sec-
tion describing university procedure, resources and policies as required by VAWA. A note has also been added that domestic violence, dating violence and stalking reports will be included in the 2014 version. Additionally, the new policy and procedure has been published online and was linked to in the mass email by Ives. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@ temple.edu or on Twitter @ MarcusMcCarthy6. Sean Carlin contributed reporting.
Initiatives from neighborhood task force await implementation ommendations are still in the works, with strategies such as creating a student-community mediation program awaiting funding review. The task force’s proposed annual budget of $551,020 is being used to help fulfill these recommendations. “Funding for some of the task force recommendations has been contributed through individual departmental budgets,” Ives said. “For example, the vice president for Student Affairs contributed funds to develop marketing materials for the Good Neighbor Initiative, such as the positive community messaging banners that hang in the Student Center.” Though some initiatives are still under discussion, initiatives such as requiring students to update their addresses in TUportal twice a year and hiring a public affairs specialist to oversee a plan that would prompt more positive interactions between students and the community have been approved. Jazmyn Burton was promoted to fill this position in 2012 after being a staff writer for the Temple Times. Complaints from residents about trash, partying, noise and vandalism are all issues the Good Neighbor Initiative addresses. “We were finding that there was a split between students,” Seiss said. “There were the
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students who feel, ‘Hey, we’re a small percentage of students college students and should who are the issue.” have a right to act like colSince the start of the school lege students and to party, and year, CSS has been working in we’re only here for a couple of conjunction with Philadelphia years so it doesn’t matter.’ But and state police to crack down then you have the student who on student drinking. In that knows it does time, more matter – ‘We than 300 may only be citations here for a few for alcoholyears, but this related ofis somebody fenses have else’s permabeen denent home,’” livered on Seiss said. and around Meetings Main Camare being held pus. once a month “The every third reason the W e d n e s d a y Andrea Seiss / senior associate dean of police are students i n v o l v e d to discuss the Good Neighbor so much Initiative with the dean of stu- is, unfortunately, you’ll still have that small percentage that dents. Activities to come out of doesn’t get the message,” Bradthe Good Neighbor Initiative ley said. “And one of the things include the Owl Stand Up pro- we’ve found is, unfortunately, gram created by Residential we have to do enforcement.” Ray Betzner, assistant vice Life to educate students in residence halls about the expecta- president for University Comtions from their neighbors, and munications, estimated there the Adopt-a-Block program, are between 13,000 and 14,000 where organizations sign up to residential students, with about take care of a designated block. half living on off-campus “It’s good for neighbors blocks. “That’s something that has to see that we have a lot of students who really care, that happened just in the last several they’re not out there every Fri- years, and these issues have day and Saturday night party- grown during that period of ing,” Eileen Bradley, captain time,” Betzner said. “For the most part, Temple of special services for Campus Safety Services, said. “It’s only students have been very respon-
students who feel, ‘Hey, we’re college students and should have the right to act like college kids and to party.’
sible and respectful,” said Jeff Gossin, a resident on Jefferson Street. “They have a good time, some students are better at taking out the trash and whatnot than others, but I think for the most part the neighborhood is clean and enjoyable.” Christine Williams, a resident who has lived on 16th Street for more than 20 years, also said she has not had problems with the increasing student population. “I party with them and everything, they’re good people,” she said. As part of his inaugural address, Theobald stressed the importance of Temple serving as “Philadelphia’s public university.” However, the president’s speech was silent on how the university will move forward with the recommendations made to ease the university’s relationship with its surrounding community. “We don’t want this to be a program that goes for five years and then disappears,” Seiss said. “We want this to be a piece of Temple Made identity, and we were encouraged when students told us that that’s where it needed to go. And that’s why keeping students involved is such a huge piece.”
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In North Philadelphia, crime is inevitable
On Oct. 29, an 81-year- implemented at other “highold professor was punched in crime” campuses would not be in-step with the head twice, robbed of his Temple will never be able Temple’s goals wallet and suf- to fully safeguard students and overall mission. fered injuries from crime. In Septemincluding lacerations and bleeding after a man ber, Columbia University, a snuck into Main Campus’s An- school nearly as beset by crime derson Hall. Darryl Moon, 45, as Temple, required that stuwas arrested in connection with dents show IDs to even enter its the case and is not believed to Barnard Campus between the have any affiliation with the hours of 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Converting Temple into a university. The incident has spurred gated community would only conversation about how a thief heighten the barrier between could have entered a building students and North Philadelphia that typically requires students residents, which the university to flash their Owl Cards upon is trying to break down through arrival and what could have the Good Neighbor Initiative. Gating Main Campus would been done to stop him. Although there are no doubt completely change the identity inconsistencies in the scrutiny of the university. Temple cannot continue of ID-checks in on-campus buildings, students should real- to act as “Philadelphia’s public ize that there are more complex university” if the Philadelphia factors at hand affecting on- public cannot enter its grounds. Furthermore, replacing vicampus crime – primarily Main sual ID checks with computerCampus’s location. While students are entitled ized swiping would only open to feel safe on campus, the out- the door to even more ID fraud, cries for heightened security and at the “rush hour” between that routinely follow incidents classes, it would slow down the such as this often come with few process of entering large-capacsuggestions for a solution. At ity buildings like Anderson and best, some propose heightened Gladfelter Halls even more. While students rightfully security measures that would only cause further complaints deserve the most extensive security measures that the univerfrom students. There is little more that sity can manage, they must also the university can do to fully recognize that digging a moat prevent crime, and most of the around Main Campus is far heightened security measures from practical.
Old problems will persist in new conference
Starting on Nov. 8, Tem- pete in The American before ple’s basketball teams will join 2015 shows that Temple ranks the majority of the athletic de- below average in terms of total partment and begin their season expenses, revenue and operin the American Athletic Con- ating expenses for its athletic ference. The budgets. Per Temple’s relatively small move to The sport, only A m e r i c a n , budget is still a concern in new Tulane and made official Tulsa spend conference. this summer, less in operatwas announced with the prom- ing expenses out of 13 schools. ise that “members with ambiBudgetary confinements tious goals are provided with aren’t everything, but for the the means to succeed in their most part, more money means quests for excellence.” better facilities and more talAt Temple, it’s true that ented recruits, leading to a betthe new conference will bring ter on-field product. It’s clear an increase in revenue for foot- that some sports are behind the ball and basketball, as well as eight ball. improved competition for most The football team is 0-5 in sports. However, fans that be- The American and sits in last lieve the move to The American place in the conference. The will cure all of the athletic de- women’s soccer team ended partment’s ills should curb their this season on a nine-game conenthusiasm. ference losing streak. On the The university has taken contrary, the men’s soccer and the stance that the move to The volleyball teams, despite having American is beneficial because the smallest budgets in the conit unifies most of Temple’s ference, have posted winning sports in a conference of uni- records in The American. versities with similar scope and If the new conference mancommitment to athletics. How- ages to stay intact, it will bolster ever, that isn’t the case. the athletic department in the A Spring 2013 Temple long run. However, Temple fans News analysis of the schools should expect growing pains. that are competing or will com-
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Nov. 3, 1944: Franklin Roosevelt elected to a fourth term in office. Despite breaking from presidential tradition, students overwhelmingly supported Roosevelt’s reelection.
Credit woes mean little Moody’s downgraded Temple’s credit outlook, but don’t worry about it.
nvestors see a possibility of downgrading Temple’s credit rating in the future, but do not be alarmed. Moody’s Investors Service, a company that rates the credit of various businesses, declared in a report last month that its outlook for Te m p l e ’s future credit rating had switched Joe Brandt from stable to negative. “The fact that Moody’s reaffirmed our rating is a great thing,” said Ken Kaiser, Temple’s interim chief financial officer and treasurer. “I’m thrilled to death about it. I wish it stayed stable, but I’m not going to worry about that so much.” Why isn’t Kaiser worried? A stable outlook means the university is doing fine, while a negative outlook means the rating could be downgraded in the future if certain things do not change. Currently, Temple University Health System is losing money: its operating costs are much higher than its revenues. Temple’s debt is $717 million, but when TUHS’ debt is added in, it totals $1.25 billion. Temple University Hospital had its own credit rating downgraded by Moody’s to Ba2 in July. According to the Mooduy’s website, the rating system,
which awards business one of 21 rankings from Aaa to C, exist “to provide investors with a simple system of gradation by which future relative creditworthiness of securities may be gauged.” Businesses marked with a Ba2 rating represent “substantial credit risk.” Moody’s cited the hospital’s “weak fundamental credit profile” as the reason for the downgrade. What made the credit profile weak included an “increasing dependence on supplemental Commonwealth funding” and “challenging demographics,” meaning many TUH patients are on Medicare or Medicaid. When Medicare pays hospitals, it gives an extra sum to hospitals with a disproportionate amount of uninsured and Medicaid patients. Teaching hospitals also receive extra money to offset the costs of teaching. TUH, then, should have two bonus sums. Yet it is still in debt. However, the July downgrade report said TUH had an “essential role as a safety net provider to Southeastern Pennsylvania, with an indispensability quotient in the City of Philadelphia.” “It’s the necessary hospital for North Philadelphia,” economics professor Erwin Blackstone said. Without it, who else would provide health care for the area? The debt of the university itself, Kaiser noted, isn’t that bad. He said that in business, there is good debt and bad debt. Debt is classified as “bad” when an organization is borrowing money just to stay afloat and pay its operating costs. “Good”
debt is when money is borrowed for building up assets. Though TUH has operating deficits and debt, it is fixed-rate debt, Kaiser said. “If you had an adjustable rate mortgage, every five years the rate changes – that doesn’t happen for any of our debt,” Kaiser said. Since all the debt is fixedrate, a credit downgrade in the future would only affect Temple from a financial perspective if it borrowed more money, Kaiser said. “For the Health System, it matters a little bit more because they have to recruit doctors, and doctors generate revenue,” he added. Medical professionals may see TUH’s financial situation and be discouraged. Kaiser said this could slow down the strategy of ramping up revenues and diversifying the “payer mix.” In other words, the hospital might make less money because of its debt and attract more and more patients from a lower economic bracket. Ideally, Blackstone said, a hospital seeks a large variety of payers — some from private insurance, some from Medicare and Medicaid. The patients in TUH’s area, however, may not be able to provide a diverse payer mix. “The university must devise a way of separating the hospital finance from that of the university or find a way of putting the hospital on a sound financial footing,” finance professor J. Jay Choi said in an email. “We’re separate now,” Kaiser said. “[Moody’s would want the hospital to potentially be] sold to someone else, and then we would just have an affilia-
tion agreement with them, but somehow there would be a 100 percent ironclad guarantee that no money will transfer from the university to the health systems.” Kaiser said this guarantee is already in place, and the university and TUH are merely “strategic partners,” but Moody’s still believes in the possibility that Temple could bail out the hospital, thus the negative outlook. The hospital’s deficits will not affect Temple’s biggest strength, which is high enrollment. The Class of 2017 is one of the largest ever, with the biggest group of freshmen in the past five years. “Philadelphia is hot, and all this construction is going on and that makes Temple attractive to students, which is very important,” Kaiser said. Whether Main Campus’ location, ranked the third poorest area of Philadelphia by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ 2013 “State of the City” report, can be seen as an asset is questionable. Nonetheless, the university seems committed to not assuming the hospital’s debt, contrary to the opinions of Wall Street strategists. “While higher interest rates mean greater cost for the university, I’m relatively sure that students will not see an immediate impact,” said Ronald Anderson, chair of the finance department. So, fellow students, don’t fret. The hospital’s rising debts and generally unfavorable outlook won’t affect you much – unless, of course, you want to work there someday. Joe Brandt can be reached at email@example.com.
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Crime alerts must improve across nation Temple and the federal government both must streamline their crime alert policies.
n light of multiple events over the course of this semester, it’s clear the Temple community deserves more from its crime alert system. In 1986, 19-year-old college freshman Jeanne Clery was savagely raped, assaulted, lacerated and strangled in her Lehigh University dorm room by a fellow student. The assailant, later identified as 20-year-old Josoph M. Henry, reportedly sodomized Clery, cut parts of her body with a Jerry Iannelli broken beer bottle, choked her with some sort of metal wire or coil and eventually took Clery’s life. Clery’s family later sued Lehigh University for $25 million, citing multiple security lapses that may have otherwise prevented the death of their daughter had they been properly handled. In response, Senators Bill Bradley, Edward Kennedy and Pennsylvania’s own Arlen Specter introduced the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Bill into Congress, later signed into law in 1990 by President George Bush. The bill, later renamed in honor of Clery. has been amended multiple times since its inception, and mandates – among other things – that all federally funded universities must report daily crimes to their respective student bodies, release a yearly fire and safety report and issue “timely warnings” when emergencies arise on campus, varying from armed madmen to impending hurricanes. Hence, the TU Ready system. Charlie Leone, acting executive director of Campus Safety Services, said multiple senior officials at Temple, including President Neil Theobald and Dean of Students Stephanie Ives, are able to access the system and send out alerts. Since Main Campus is situated in one of the most dangerous areas in the city, most alerts have dealt with various shootings around Temple. There are two tiers of TU Ready notifications sent out to students. TU
Advisories, used to convey information about less pressing safety matters, are shot out solely over the system’s large email list. TU Alerts are, on the other hand, sent out through both email and text message when an imminent threat is detected on campus. There have been 70 total TU Ready messages sent to the Temple community since 2010. Messages rarely provide more information than, “There is increased police activity in the 1800 block of North Willington Street just west of 16th Street,” and to “please avoid the area.” Likewise, recipients are typically notified when areas are danger-free again. Despite the fact that Temple’s annual Security and Fire Safety Report clearly defines the two alert tiers, Leone said he was aware many students don’t know the difference between the two. “We’ve worked with student government – Darin [Bartholomew] and his group – and students were saying that [the current system] was confusing,” Leone said. “We don’t want to water down the alerts, but if it’s causing confusion, maybe we need to do it.” The Clery Act, as it has come to be known, does not stipulate exactly how universities should notify students and faculty of imminent danger. It merely mandates that notifications need to come in a “timely” manner and little else. However, the accompanying “Handbook for Campus Safety and Security Reporting,” issued by the U.S. Department of Education, includes an entire chapter on the proper ways to handle “timely warnings.” Though Temple’s procedures follow the handbook’s suggestions fairly closely, one guideline is left somewhat vague: a delineation of exactly what types of information the university will send out to the community in the event of an emergency. While the handbook’s suggestions are not legally binding, multiple universities, including the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania State University and Shippensburg University go into greater detail than Temple does in their policy reports, offering minor explanations of the type or format of the crime alerts they send students.
Leone said TU Ready messages often come from prewritten templates, but there is no mention of this practice in Temple’s 2013 Security and Fire Safety Report or its emergency communication policy. The report merely states “Temple University will… determine the content of the notification,” with zero explanation as to what guidelines, if any, the deciding person or committee will follow when issuing an alert. Due to the Clery Act’s fuzzy terminology, many universities do not define their exact warning procedures in stark detail. For example, the “Timely Warnings” section of Rutgers University’s annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is almost comically vague, existing as a single paragraph snuck into an otherwise massive manuscript. The handbook does, however, state that “the warning should include all information that would promote safety and that would aid in the prevention of similar crimes,” and that “issuing a warning that cautions the campus community to be careful or to avoid certain practices or places is not sufficient.” Taken as a whole, the system has not been used to its fullest extent since its inception in 2010. As previously stated in a Temple News editorial, the system was not used to inform students displaced by a block-wide standoff on Willington Street on Oct. 13 that the Student Center had been open overnight to accommodate them. Moreover, responses to tragedy have been inconsistent. When a student comitted suicide on the Liacouras Walk in Feb. 2012, no official follow-up was sent by the university. While Leone said much of the information about the standoff on Willington was rightfully held so as to not disrupt negotiations between the armed suspect and police, small but significant pieces of information about emergency preparedness or available services need to start showing up more often in crime alerts, especially at a campus as ravaged by crime as this one. However, these road bumps pale in comparison to the way the system
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whole, the [TU Ready] system has not been used to its fullest extent since its inception in 2010.
has reported race. Most crime-related alerts have been accompanied by brief suspect descriptions, which in nearly every case have boiled down to describing a perpetrator as a black male of indiscriminate height and age wearing some sort of neutrally-colored sweatshirt. While no database of TU Alerts exists, a quick email search reveals that the overwhelming majority of alerts list suspects as “black” or “AfricanAmerican.” While it’s unlikely that this is a case of blatant racism, warning students to be on the lookout for an “AfricanAmerican male, 6 feet tall, wearing tan pants and a tan shirt,” as the university chose to do on Oct. 29 after an armed robbery occurred on the second floor of Anderson Hall, does little to nothing to engender public safety, and does a serious disservice to the countless black students, faculty and local residents in the area. Moreover, the description of the Anderson Hall burglar was not only useless – it was incorrect. Leone said a basic description of the perpetrator was gathered from the victim, who was too disoriented to offer a complete or accurate portrait of the assailant in question. Upon studying further video evidence in conjunction with Philadelphia Police, the culprit was identified with video evidence, this time wearing a blue jacket and jeans. The surveillance footage was sent out the next morning in a TU Alert, and robbery suspect Darryl Moon was apprehended by the next day. The Philadelphia Police Department would not comment on the case or any of its policies. “The system is only as good as the information it sends out,” Leone said. “In the future, I’d love to see if there’s a way that, if we do capture people on camera, we can send it out on a text message.” Despite the university’s frequent harping about community relations, the TU Ready system has been used repeatedly to warn a predominantly white and suburban student body that indiscriminate black men in their area are armed and dangerous. Leone confirmed that these characterless descriptions often result in false tips from members of the Temple community and that perpetrators are typically caught due to video or photographic evidence, along with solid
detective work from both the Temple and Philadelphia police departments. As such, the TU Ready system is wasting the time of local law enforcement and encouraging students and faculty to racially profile their neighbors, be it directly or indirectly. “At the very least, we can say this is not an efficient way of finding criminals,” said Mary Catherine Roper, a senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Roper was part of the team that sued the Philadelphia Police Department in 2010 to put an end to its “stopand-frisk” procedures and often deals with racially-skewed police practices. “It’s one thing when you talk about trained police officers dealing with such vague information,” Roper said. “It’s even worse when you are talking about your average layperson who doesn’t know how much credence or how much weight or how much reaction to have to [an alert]. More information that isn’t quality information can actually be problematic.” On April 17, Penn State’s PSUTXT alert system warned students that a potentially dangerous “black male” had made an “indirect threat” on campus grounds. After much outrage, the university published an apology letter on April 26. “We now believe the message was too vague,” the letter said. “By issuing the statement with the limited information available, we inadvertently encouraged anxiety on the part of all black males in particular, but also among a significant portion of our faculty, students and staff on campus at that time.” The message was only slightly more imprecise than the multitude of warnings the TU Ready system has sent students over the past few years. Moreover, the Department of Education’s handbook encourages both the description of suspects along vague racial lines and the sending of incomplete information in the sake of timeliness. This is not exclusively a Temple issue. Fuzzy alerts and policies are problems everywhere, but it takes living in a warzone to notice. Please avoid the area. Jerry Iannelli can be reached at jerryi@ temple.edu or on Twitter @jerryiannelli.
Temple controls North Philly real estate Temple’s acquisition of abandoned lots proves its power over the North Philadelphia community.
reen space is invaluable to Temple students. In fact, according to a September report from University Communications, it’s the second most discussed topic on Visualize Temple, a forum introduced by the university to encourage students to suggest their own ideas for change. Temple appeared to have listened to this request. In the spring, the univerGrace Holleran sity plans to tear down the abandoned buildings it purchased in 2009 on the 1500 block of North Broad Street, along with the former MAB Paints store at Broad and Diamond streets. “We did an evaluation of their use and condition,” James Creedon, the senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said of the buildings. “They had some structural problems and we thought it would be best to demolish them.” Instead, he said the lots would be used for grass and benches — places for Temple students and North Philadelphia residents alike to relax and unwind. “[We’re] making sure that we’re managing our property properly,” Creedon added. “No barbed wire fences. It’s not just an old building. It’s not an ugly lot. There’s something there.” However, Creedon said this project is not a response to the requests of
students on Visualize Temple. “We’re getting a lot of good information from Visualize, [but] most of the conversation is about making the green space in the middle of campus bigger,” Creedon said. Most of the properties the university bought are on the edge of campus and are being used as interim open space until Temple decides what to do with the land. “But it may very well stay there,” Creedon added. “It’s more about being a good neighbor.” The only business that will be left on the west side of Broad and Oxford streets is Zavelle Bookstore, which is independent from the university. Zavelle employees had no idea about Temple’s construction plan. “I didn’t know that they were going to be demolishing these buildings,” said Jacob Moats, a senior psychology major and employee at Zavelle. “Turning this into a green space is a double-edged sword,” he said. “Even if they are offering a nice environment for everybody to use in the community, they’re also holding a monopoly over North Philadelphia.” “I think it’s the best thing Temple can do,” Moats added. But what if a company other than Temple tried to buy out the land? Moats said a representative from Ralph Lauren proposed purchasing the abandoned buildings and using the properties for clothing shops. “He goes, ‘I wanted to know if I could purchase all of this, who can I talk to about that?’” Moats
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said. “’We’re like, ‘You’re going to have to go Temple.’” In this case, Temple’s monopoly seems to be working in the students’ favor. Green space is clearly preferable to stores t h a t are
unaffordable for most college students. But, lest we forget, these properties may not be green space for long. Although it is smart of Temple to initially utilize the space in a way that will please both students and the community, this project can easily turn into more student housing, and thus more gentrification. Gentrification is the process of restoring deteriorating buildings or areas and selling them at higher prices, driving poorer residents out and middle class ones in. In this case, the middle class residents in question are Temple students. Simply owning these buildings already contributes to gentrification because nobody besides Temple can use the property. However, turning the lots into designated green spaces c o u l d undo this ac-
tion and make the land accessible for everyone. If we are to listen to Creedon’s claim that this project is about being a good neighbor, then we can only hope this land remains green or is turned into another asset to the community, such as a public library or gym. Otherwise, the land becomes a mere placeholder for Temple’s growing monopoly on the area. All members of the community need to be good neighbors, but what does “being a good neighbor” mean? For students, it could mean picking up our trash and being polite to the people who live in the area. But for Temple, it involves actions on a much larger scale. Right now, how Temple uses this land is the most immediate issue. The fact that this construction project has little to do with suggestions made by students makes the outlook seem bleak. If they didn’t listen to our opinions then, will they listen to us now when we say we want the new space to stay green? If the area turns into more housing or retail space, it may begin to appear that Temple wants to do what is best for the university, not necessarily the students. That would be unfortunate, because we are much of the reason why the university exists in the first place. Either way, students can look forward to enjoying green space within this academic year. And if we are vocal enough, we can keep it that way. After all, that’s why Visualize Temple was instated to begin with. Grace Holleran can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @coupsdegrace.
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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013
In The Nation FEDS LOOK TO CONNECT FUNDING TO STUDENT PERFORMANCE
NEW DEAN APPOINTED AT COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS
The U.S. Department of Education will be holding a series of public forums across the country to gather people’s input as to how a new college rating system should be implemented. Starting in 2018, the plan is to tie the level of federal aid for colleges and universities to their quality of performance. The department will be asking what way is best to judge a school’s quality of performance. The leading proposal is to factor in graduates average salaries. Several universities have argued that money doesn’t determine success. Discussions will be held in California, Virginia, Iowa and Louisiana. -Marcus McCarthy
COLLEGE TUITION STAGNANT OR FALLING NATIONALLY Average in-state tuition at four-year public universities rose by minute levels this year, according to recently released data from College Board. Rising by just 2.9 percent, this is the smallest rise in three decades. Additionally, when adjusted for inflation rates, this increase is close to nonexistent. According to the report, the state with the most expensive in-state public universities is New Hampshire at $14,665 for four years. The state with the lowest in-state public tuition and fees was Wyoming at $4,404. For private nonprofit universities, the average tuition is lower than it was a decade earlier in inflation-adjusted dollars, according to College Board.
Dylan Morpurgo, TSG director of government affairs, stands over Sonia Galiber, vice president for external affairs, as the two make signs in preperation for Election Day. | ERIC DAO TTN
MILITARY ACADEMY HOLDS FIRST WEDDING BETWEEN TWO MEN West Point, the U.S. Army’s prestigious military academy, hosted its first wedding between two men after gay marriage was legalized in the state of New York two years ago Larry Choate III and Daniel Lennox are both former cadets having graduated from the academy in 2009 and 2007, respectively. They did not know each other while attending the academy but met later through a friend. The ceremony took place in the Cadet Chapel in which Choate taught Sunday school, according to the Huffington Post. West Point hosted a same-sex marriage late last year between two women, but this is the first between two men. -Marcus McCarthy
OHIO STATE DISTRIBUTES IPADS TO ITS BAND FOR COORDINATION The Ohio State University Marching Band, which has caught national fame with routines imitating a moon walk, walking dinosaur, and warships battling, among others, has revealed a secret to obtaining their complex moves.
The university announced Sunday that Laura Siminoff, a public health social scientist, has been appointed dean of the College of Health Professions and Social Work. Siminoff, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and chair of its department of social and behavioral sciences and associate director of cancer prevention and control at Massey Cancer Center, will take over as dean of CHPSW on March 1, 2014, according to a release from the university. “One of Temple’s core missions is fostering research that improves people’s everyday lives,” President Theobald said of Siminoff in a statement. ”That mission is a passion for the faculty and staff of Temple’s College of Health Professions and Social Work. Laura Siminoff shares that passion. It’s a great match for the college, the university and the city.” The appointment of Siminoff to the dean of CHPSW is the fourth dean appointment of Theobald’s presidency and fills the last of the vacant deanships from when Theobald took over as president.
The Oct. 30 broadcast of “Today” went into detail over an initiative in which the university has started to hand out iPads to band members using an app for coordination. Starting this year with an iPad for each of the 45 band squad leaders, staff and directors, the university has plans to expand that number to 225 iPads for every one of the BROTHERS ARRESTED band members. -Marcus McCarthy FOR ROBBERY
Two brothers, one of whom is a Temple student, FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BRINGS IN were arrested Friday moring and charged with robbing a Temple student. PROFIT FROM STUDENT LOANS The victim told police he was on the 1700 block The federal government made a hefty profit in student of North 16th Street around 5:25 a.m. Nov. 1 when he was jumped by two men, identified by police lending last fiscal year, according to the Treasury Departas Kyle McCloskey, 18 and a student living in 1300 ment. residence hall, and his brother Shawn, 24. Posting a projected $45.5 billion profit in the 2013 fiscal The victim said his attackers took his bank card year, which ended Sept. 30, the Department of Education and Temple ID, Acting Executive Director of Campus confirmed the figures. These figures reflect loans signed with students in the Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Leone said the victim was away during the 2013 fiscal year, not paid off in that time. This money aids in the government’s efforts to pass a weekend, and police are reviewing security footbudget that includes bringing down the deficit, which sits age of the incident while they wait for the victim to come back and complete his statement. around $680 billion. -Marcus McCarthy -John Moritz
University pursues vacant high school in district sale master plan being organized by Smith Group JJR. The plan is expected to evaluate the footprint of Main Campus and include the addition of several new buildings, including a new library. Creedon said the school administration began discussing the property’s size and condition between January and February of this year, with plans to submit an inquiry to the school district coming in June. As of Friday, Creedon said the university had not received a response from the school district, but said the recent backing of Mayor Nutter in the district’s property sale proposal left the university with high hopes moving forward. On Oct. 30, Mayor Nutter agreed to the district’s proposal to sell $61 million worth of its more than 30 vacant properties at a press conference at City Hall. The mayor had previously promised $50 million of funding to the district this year, which will be paid off by the property sales, with the additional $11 million covering funds already budgeted from building sales by
the district, which faces a $304 million budget deficit. The Inquirer reported last week that a Washington-based real estate firm offered to buy all of the district’s vacant properties for a lump sum of $100 million. However, district officials told the paper they were hesitant toward selling to one buyer. In 2008, the school district sold the ground of the shuttered John Wanamaker Middle School to a group comprised of the Goldenberg Group developing firm and the Bright Hope Baptist Church for $10.75 million. The Temple News reported earlier this year that the university submitted a losing bid on the property. According to the Inquirer article, Drexel is also interested in the district’s plan to sell property. The school district did not respond to requests for comment by time of press. John Moritz can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @ JCMoritzTU.
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The exterior of the abandoned William Penn High School.| TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
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demonstrated these skills in his six months as interim athletic director,” Theobald said. “Thus, I decided that we already had the right person in the athletic director chair and canceled the national search.” Clark said that while it wasn’t part of his plan when he came to Temple, he is humbled by the opportunity to be athletic director. “My plan was to come here and be the senior adviser to the president,” Clark said. “When he made the offer for me to take the position of director of athletics and vice president, it was an offer I really couldn’t pass up.” Clark worked in Indiana’s athletic department for 11 years, most recently
serving as senior associate athletic director of internal operations under Athletic Director Fred Glass. Glass said Clark worked primarily as the chief financial officer in the athletic department, overseeing business operations as well as being a sport administrator for football, baseball and women’s basketball. “He had the unusual combination of being very calm, he was never rattled,” Glass said in a telephone interview. “But also very practical in his advice. That’s a rare combination.” Clark’s appointment as athletic director comes during a period of transition, as many of the university’s sports programs have moved from the Atlan-
tic 10 Conference to the more competitive American Athletic Conference. Temple teams playing this fall have posted a combined 12-21-4 record, and rank toward the bottom of The American in attendance. In analyzing attendance, Clark said an ideal situation would be to bring all sports on to Main Campus, but he said he would have to align his plans with the president’s. When asked about the speculation surrounding an on-ornear campus football stadium, Clark said it’s in discussion and that “If we can make that happen, that’d be really awesome.” Clark said he is assessing the financial aspects of the athletic depart-
ment, which is on a tighter budget than what he is used to at Indiana. “At IU we had 24 sports and a budget over $70 million. Here, we have 24 sports with a budget of about $40 million,” he said. “That’s the biggest challenge for me is trying to make that work.” Clark said that next year he would be coming out with a five-year plan for the athletic department. “The first thing to do is to spend more time listening to what the coaches concerns are. Part of helping them will be to put together a plan,” Clark said. “A plan for facility upgrades, a plan for a budget, a plan for academic support.” Prior to his stint at Indiana, Clark
worked as a staff accountant at the NCAA from 1991 to 1996 and Saint Louis University from 1996 to 2001. At SLU, he served first as director of business and finance, and later as director of business administration and student development, according to a release from Temple. Clark previously served 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and retired as a major. Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84. Avery Maehrer contributed reporting.
LIVING FRESH DAILY A new Philadelphia truck bakes specialized donuts every morning, including a caramel apple creation. It is parked on Main Campus three days a week. PAGE 16
CHOCOLATE IN BLOOM
PROFESSOR ON GENDER GAP
Baker Dave teaches a series of classes at Tyler School of Art open to students who want to learn culinary art. PAGE 8
Brooke Erin Duffy’s book that confronts the digital world’s affect on the communication industry. PAGE 8
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Park rangers come from many majors A partnership with the National Park Service certifies students as rangers. PATRICK MCCARTHY Asst. Web Editor
ne of Temple’s newest educational programs aims to place students on islands, in forests and even on top of Mount Rushmore, all while wearing an iconic flat-brimmed cap. Since 2009, the ProRanger program at Temple has been training cohorts of students to enter the workforce in any
Investing in unpaid internships
of the 401 national parks as certified park rangers. The program’s inception was inspired by a lack of new rangers within the National Park Service. Since it had a mandatory retirement age, the NPS could accurately predict what its turnover rate would be for any given year. Alongside this issue, some urban parks were being used as a stepping stone to larger permanent parks instead of a permanent placement. To combat these problems, the NPS wanted to create a program within a criminal justice program and in an urban environment. In partnership with NPS, Temple created a program requiring students to complete a
minimum of two summer internships, 15 course-specific credits and a six-credit, 13week certification program at the police academy at Ambler Campus. The internships take place at a park over the summer. Graduates from the program are usually sent to work along the East Coast, but some ProRangers have been placed near Michigan or even Utah. Once they’re onsite, ProRangers partner with active rangers and work closely with them on all of their day-to-day duties. Classes include cultural, natural, administrative and interpretational aspects of working at a park. Ideally, the classes cater to the various majors Pro-
Rangers have, program instructors said. “Although we get a lot of criminal justice majors for obvious reasons, we’ve had a painter, a couple in business, [education], political science – so they really run the gamut and we encourage that,” Vicki Lewis McGarvey, the vice provost for University College and adviser to the program, said. “We want that diversity of thought and perspective.” Having a broad background among the participating students is especially important when it comes to the duties of a ProRanger, instructors said. At Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Va., senior political science major Jess Cooper
Jay Copper and his supervising ranger worked at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. | COURTESY VICKI MCGARVEY said she was able to utilize her diverse skills in an unexpected way on her first day. Having a minor in Chinese, Cooper was
A student and professor team was recognized by the WICC award.
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Katro discusses the value of commuting for unpaid internships. spent $1,645.25 in three semesters total commuting to unpaid internships. While I could have purchased a lot of textbooks for my classes with that money, I decided investing in myself to grow personally and Esther Katro professionally INTERNal is the best ina Updates vestment young college student can make. Last spring, I saw the row of colored flags along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway slowly align themselves around the square as I headed to intern at NBC News in Rockefeller Plaza. I was commuting to New York City at eye level with the leaves of the trees along the highway, riding in a double-decker Megabus. My day started in Philadelphia on a train to 30th Street Station, a ride on the dark bus until the sun rose and finally a trek on the overcrowded New York subway to Midtown, Manhattan. It became a comfortable routine eventually, despite the hours it required – lather, rinse, repeat every other day of the week for 16 months. According to USA Today,
able to show off the park to a Chinese delegation that arrived. “It’s a program for people
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Junior theater major Ali Vreeland practices being disarmed by her opponent in a swordfight.|ABI REIMOLD TTN
Swordplay class gets to the point Daniel Rose’s class on swordfighting for actors is challenging, students say. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News
Tyler Dougherty signed up for a class called Swordplay for the Actor expecting to share a couple laughs with his friend and maybe break a sweat. HowINSIDE THE ever, the CLASSROOM 2013 Temple graduate quickly realized Daniel Rose’s class, which trains actors in swordplay for the stage, was no joke. “It’s not an acting class,” Dougherty said. “It’s staged combat with small, one-handed
swords.” His friend Chris Boon compared the physicality to a gym class. “We didn’t study or read books,” Boon, a fellow 2013 Temple grad, said. “We stretched for the first 30 minutes each class and then performed warm-up drills.” Rose provides the swords, but said the students must bring their respect for the art of wielding them. “It’s what we in the business call single-sword,” Rose said. “Basically the methods of Errol Flynn and Douglas
Fairbanks Jr., but for the kids, think ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ kind of fighting. I drill students pretty hard because what you do in rehearsal, you’ll do in performance.” As a certified instructor and fight director with Fight Directors Canada and Society of American Fight Directors, Rose has been organizing swordfights in the tristate area for 15 years and teaching at Temple for seven. “I started as an actor at Western Illinois University,” Rose said. “I participated in the Society of American Fight Di-
rectors’ first ever national workshop. I’ve been hooked ever since.” Boon advises students to develop their discipline in Rose’s class, with the expectation being that they consider the knowledge they will gain to be a necessary part of their acting skillset. “Daniel Rose goes by Ian, but some students call him coach,” Boon said. “You have to be very open-minded in that class. You can’t half-ass it or he’ll call you out right away.” Dougherty said the class
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After writing her class essay on “Blindness,” a novel and accompanying film, senior English secondary education major Rondaya Woodbury was surprised her assignment received attention at all. Woodbury wrote the essay for an elective class called Feminist Theory. She used a feminist lens for her assignment, appropriate for the women’s studies course, about the significance of the female protagonist in the film, based on the novel by José Saramago. She recalled her surprise after being approached by the course’s professor, Julia Mendenhall. Mendenhall suggested she further develop her essay and enter the expanded version into a contest for the Writing-Intensive Course Committee Prize, worth $1,500, that is awarded yearly to a student and professor for a class assignment. “It was a tough year,” Jennifer Follett, a director at Temple’s Writing Center and WICC judge, said. “We had pieces of writing from women’s studies, media and communications and many others that were really good.”
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Crafting awareness for Alzheimer’s disease among students
One student has been selling hand-crafted bracelets to fundraise for the disease. SAMARA GROSSEL The Temple News
Genna Anne Zakin, a music therapy major, doesn’t think the average person has an understanding of the impact of Alzheimer’s disease. This year, the sophomore is using her crafting skills to change that. While working as a camp counselor last summer, Zakin developed a passion for what she called the “summer’s big thing” – friendship bracelets. Zakin and her sister invested in their own supplies with the hope
of developing their braceletmaking skills. Simultaneously, Zakin and her boyfriend Tyler Seiferheld were pondering a way to honor his grandmother Betty Soto’s recent battle with Alzheimer’s. Soto’s passing affected them both greatly, Zakin said, and gave her and Seiferheld a desire to educate others about the disease and its methods of treatment. It was this desire that inspired Zakin to take her bracelet-making a step further. “So much money is going towards cancer research, but cancer isn’t a guaranteed death,” Zakin said. “There is no cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s because you can’t get rid of it. There is no remission for
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Alzheimer’s.” Zakin decided to utilize her newly acquired skill to bring public awareness to the cause. She began to construct purple and green rubber bracelets, which are the colors associated with Alzheimer’s awareness. Around a month ago, Zakin began selling her bracelets to raise money and publicity for the disease. With the 2013 Philadelphia Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Nov. 10, Zakin said she is trying to make as many people aware of her mission as possible. “I have had success selling my bracelets, mostly with [relatives] and friends so far and I’ve tried to put the word out on Facebook,” Zakin said. “I was
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Since she started making bracelets a month ago, Zakin has sold her bracelets primarily to family and friends in hopes of raising money for Alzheimer’s research. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
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Facing gender gap in a digital world A professor confronts the trend of hiring men for technological positions in her book. SHAYNA KLEINBERG The Temple News
Students learned how to construct chocolate roses in Baker Dave’s most recent class held at Tyler. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN
Culinary art for students Baker Dave teaches a series of courses at Tyler for students to learn food-based art. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News David Okapal, better known by students as Baker Dave, wanted to be a musician before he found his passion in baking. But this semester, he’s sharing his strategies for creating beautiful food with students through classes at Tyler School of Art. “I always wanted to be creative,” Okapal said. “I’ve played music since I was 4, so I have always had that creative outlet.” After making the switch from music to culinary school, Okapal said he was able to find his most fulfilling outlet for creative expression. “I noticed that the first five or six years out of culinary school I was still writing music, because you spend a lot of time baking muffins and Rice Krispies Treats and stuff like that,” he said. “Then I had gotten a job at the Hotel du Pont and I was able to design some of my own wedding cakes that ended up in Philadelphia Magazine, and as I was doing that, it kind of dawned on me that if you’re a creative person you just need
an outlet, but not necessarily the one you thought you needed.” Okapal’s discovery prompted a series of instructional events he is teaching at Tyler in hopes of helping other artists and creative thinkers discover a similar outlet in the culinary arts. The first event, held on Sept. 26, was designed to help students translate a talent for art into creating edible decorations and artworks. “I think art is really important and I don’t think a lot of people get that,” Okapal said. “I hate the idea that if people go to art school they think they have to do whatever it is they went to art school for. But you don’t always think that way.” Okapal hosted another event Thursday, in which he demonstrated how to create chocolate roses. He said he hopes people that participate in these activities will realize there are many ways to express their talent, whether it is through sculpting, painting or baking pastries and designing cakes. Students said they noted similarities to their own areas of specialization in art while learning culinary expression. “The [fondant] we’re working with here is very similar to the clay medium. It acts the same way,” said Leo Stadnik, a senior painting major with a focus in education. “I’m a [certified teacher], so I come to these
events to help me come up with potential activities for students, because kids love art and they would love it more to be able to eat it afterward.” In addition to holding these events as a form of entertainment, Okapal and other organizers hope both non-art majors and Tyler students see them as chances to expand their skills and get a taste of something they otherwise might not experience. “If you’ve ever seen the Charm City Cakes show, all of those kids [working on the show] were art students at [Maryland Institute College of Art],” Kari Scott, coordinator for Student Life at Tyler, said. “I would watch and it looked like so much fun, and I thought it would be great if we could show students how to translate their art into something new and different.” The main idea behind the events is progression, Okapal said. He hopes that eventually, as more students attend and master the basic strategies, the classes will be able to expand to more advanced material. “For the later classes, I don’t have the equipment for them yet,” he said. “But I am hoping that as these things progress, people will take interest and possibly invest.” Tyler does not offer any classes in culinary arts, and while Okapal said establishing
such a course does not seem entirely feasible, students expressed interest in the idea of a cooking course. “I really enjoy these kinds of [events],” said Ashley Gander, a senior speech, language and hearing science major. “I think that if they offered a class a lot of people would probably be interested.” Students also reflected on the general education system that requires students to take a certain number of elective credits, suggesting a culinary course would be a welcome addition to many schedules for baking and cooking afficionados. “I know a lot of people that take silly electives,” Julianne Kemmler, a senior speech, language and hearing therapy major, said. “I love to bake, so I think a class like that would be a little more pertinent to my life.” Okapal said he is looking to continue these classes as informal and fun activities to get students thinking and experiencing art from a different point of view. “The main message I want to send is that I don’t want everyone to become pastry chefs,” he said. “I just want them to look outside the box and realize that there are a lot careers out there where they can still be creative and still feel fulfilled.”
In her new book, “Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age,” Brooke Erin Duffy, assistant professor of advertising in the School of Media and Communication, confronts the gender gap in the digital communication industry. “In the media industry, individuals are confronting changes and trying to make magazines into brands that extend off the printed page and online,” Duffy said. The book was a product of her dissertation research at the University of Pennsylvania. “I always read women’s magazines and felt a bit conflicted,” Duffy said. “I read as a consumer and a reader at the same time, and going through college I criticized the patterns and the issues of women’s magazines. They portray women in stereotypical ways.” This is a byproduct, she said, of a digital age that has transformed magazines into a niche commodity. “In media industries and their institutions, instead of the text, I was more interested in the production culture of how they are made and who were the people making these publications,” Duffy said. “I wanted to know, ‘How is the industry changing?’ No one has been studying the changes since the early 2000s, so there’s been many changes in the way media is produced and consumed. It was something that spoke to my personal interests.” Duffy’s book emphasizes the changes in media culture from editorial content to job positions. Publications want to brand themselves, she said, shaping magazines into digital formats such as television shows or technological applications. With the digital media advances, Duffy said the journalistic workforce is affected by the drive of technology, shifting the need for certain job positions. “It’s changing the work culture by who is getting hired,” Duffy said. “Publications are bringing in people that are digitally savvier and usually with an emphasis on younger staffers and male staffers. It’s assumptions about who is better digitally – women are much more interested in community and men are more interested in the gizmos and the gadgets.” This gender gap in technological expertise is problematic for women in the workforce, Duffy said, particularly in industries focused on communi-
cation that have increasingly moved into the digital realm. “Technology in general is dominated by men,” she said. “The participation by men tends to overshadow women, and this dictates the content and the hiring decisions based on these assumptions on whether women are tech savvy. The problem with gender usually comes in the higher-up fields. It’s the executive culture that is highly gendered.” In order for journalists in the modern age to survive, they should have experience working on projects that have some sort of digital component, Duffy said. That applies to students who are trying to break into the industry. A wide skillset is the most advantageous position for an aspiring journalist, she said. “People that have been successful have started blogs or websites that show capability of search engine optimization and creating the right platforms,” Duffy said. “But I think a lot of the issues magazines are facing in terms of gender dynamics can tell us a lot about how the media industry is changing in the 21st century.” The nature of digital media also lends itself to entrepreneurial media professionals, Duffy said. “The main component is the idea that we as the consumer can go online and create content and work alongside digital media professionals with social media sites, and in general it allows for you or I to become famous,” Duffy said. “I think the biggest change companies in both media and advertising can do is to integrate consumers in ways that are economically profitable.” Duffy said she believes advertising industries and media content have a closer relationship than ever, and the commercialization of media content with advertisements has become interconnected. “They’re industries and they’re trying to survive just like any other company, and companies are working with advertisers in ways that are far more close than it’s ever been,” Duffy said. “The content is guided by the interest of advertisers.” Above all else, Duffy said she wants readers to be aware of how the content they find published by magazines may be impacted by the nature of the digital age. “I think you really need to have awareness in terms of who creates the content, of editorial advertising dynamics, thinking critically, making sure we know where the content comes from and the financial motivations behind it,” Duffy said. Shayna Kleinberg can be reached at email@example.com.
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Curriculum sharp for swordplay for the actor course was unlike anything he had experienced at Temple. “We actually watched sword fighting scenes from movies,” Dougherty said. “Then we would incorporate dialogue from the fights. We also learned each part of the sword and the different maneuvers.” Although Rose instructs students to prepare for staged duels, he said students are truly learning proper sword fighting style. “Students learn things that are good for really fighting with a sword because you have to teach both styles,” Rose said. “The blocks you do are real blocks, the avoidance,
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the footwork, the point work techniques. We cut for stage, but carry for real. The attacks are only stopped so you don’t put your partner in danger. The whole point is that you have to be able to walk away every day from this class unharmed.” The class is focused, students said, because Rose doesn’t give any opportunities to belittle the subject matter – the training is strategically organized so students break bad habits. Despite displaying chemistry during their performances, Dougherty and Boon’s roughhouse antics didn’t sit well with their instructor. “Since [Dougherty] and I
have been friends for so long, we figured if we hit each other it’s not a big deal,” Boon said. “Well, Rose didn’t appreciate that approach and separated us so we could adapt to different styles of different partners. I had a really timid kid to work with so I would slow down and work on my technique.” Dougherty’s new cohort couldn’t have been more different from his longtime friend Boon. “I worked with a woman so I would calm down,” Dougherty said. “Obviously, I didn’t want to hit her. And I was the only left-handed person in there so everything I did was back-
wards.” While rapid movements might not appeal to most students twice a week at 8 a.m., Rose said he believes the early morning sacrifice pays off in the long run. “Even if you don’t feel like you’re learning a lot about theater, you’re learning about balance, centering, control and all kinds of good things for your body and mind,” Rose said. “They call fencing ‘physical chess,’ and to a certain extent, this is as well. If you think acting isn’t physical, you’re mistaken.” John Corrigan can be reached at email@example.com.
Duffy’s book focuses on how technology has affected the communication industry. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN
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Metric’s system of self-sufficiency
Nonprofit strengthens community Ursinus grad brings nonprofit to Philly, which aims to fight discrimination. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News
Left to right: Joshua Winstead, Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw and Joules Scott-Key. | COURTESY BRANTLEY GUTIERREZ
Jimmy Shaw talks social media, sound and tour life. His band will play Nov. 8. PATRICIA MADEJ A&E Editor
immy Shaw, guitarist of the Canadian indie rock band Metric, has a love/ hate relationship with
waiting. Getting his start at The Juilliard School in New York, Shaw went from performing classically, to learning how to produce to meeting Emily Haines and starting the band. Producing is a passion he said he’s always had but developed further out of a growing disdain for staying stagnant. “All the things we do outside the music itself was born
out of the necessity of not waiting for other people,” Shaw said. “Our organization is very nimble and quick to be able to do things we want to do.” Metric’s takeover arguably began with its hits “Help I’m Alive” and “Gold Guns Girls” off of its album “Fantasies” in 2009, which was self-produced by Shaw. He said the band didn’t think about following up the album when writing “Synthetica.”
Instead, the group waited until the songs came to them. “I think we just followed the sound because musically, we were interested in it,” he said. “It was very much about going in the studio and starting off with ‘Fantasies’ and going through exploration and waiting for things to feel new.” With Shaw receiving a Producer of the Year award from the Juno Awards in 2013 for
songs “Breathing Underwater” and “Youth Without Youth,” that “new” sound may have just been achieved. It’s been more than a year since Metric’s “Synthetica” was released, but the band continues to promote it on a support tour with Paramore. Shaw said as Metric wrapped up the album’s original tour, it sat and waited, thinking
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Fitz and the Tantrums illuminate Electric Factory The band played alongside Capital Cities on Nov. 1. BRENDAN MENAPACE The Temple News Fitz and the Tantrums can pack a house. The Los Angeles-based neo-soul rock group played for a sold-out Electric Factory crowd as part of its Bright Futures Tour with Capital Cities on Nov. 1. The crowd of bobbing heads, some beaming with their neon glow sticks, others still in the Halloween spirit, was backed up all the way to the merchandise tables. The upper deck bar was packed with people moving to the music. The decision to do
a co-headlining tour with Capital Cities, which is best known for its song “Safe and Sound,” seems to have paid off. “We are just one week into the co-headlining tour with Capital Cities and we couldn’t be happier,” Fitz drummer John Wicks said via email. “We hung out with the CC guys last summer, backstage at a couple of festivals and really hit it off both personally and musically.” Capital Cities released its debut album in June and Fitz and the Tantrums released its sophomore album in May. Capital Cities performed its set in front of a giant pair of light-up wayfarer sunglasses, illuminating the stage with colors and lights pulsing with the music and staring the crowd in the
It started in response to some photographs posted on Facebook. In 2007, several students at Ursinus College, a 40-minute drive from Temple, posted racially insensitive photographs on the website. Alex Peay, a sophomore at Ursinus at the time, responded to the photos by creating an oncampus group that aimed to empower African-American males who have faced discrimination, according to the nonprofit’s website. “It hit the college campus pretty heavily,” Peay said. “A lot of the black girls started protesting about it and were asking, ‘How come the black guys aren’t doing anything?’ So I was like, all right, let me start a little group.” Peay, 26, is the founder and president of Rising Sons, a nonprofit organization that he moved to Philadelphia since graduating from Ursinus in 2009 with a degree in political science. Today, the group meets on
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Supporting creativity, humanity The Awesome Foundation expands with a Philadelphia location. SIOBHAN REDDING The Temple News
Philadelphia is a city full of people bursting with ideas to help better the community – some might just not know it yet. A nonprofit organization, The Awesome Foundation wants to see these ideas to come to life, especially for college students. “The primary focus of The Awesome Foundation is to give Fitz and the Tantrums showed off its lively stage presence on Nov. 1| ANDREW THAYER TTN FITZ PAGE 10 money and opportunity to ideas that otherwise would not be funded by alternative sources,” said Keith Scandone, a co-dean and board member of the founa wood-fired oven in my kitch- dation. Business partners Through $1,000 grants, en.” Tom Grimm and The Awesome Foundation’s Now, Nomad Pizza has exPhiladelphia chapter supports Stalin Bedon see their panded to three locations: two projects it believes will better in Philadelphia and one in New hobby grow. the city. Its board is comprised Jersey, as well as a roaming of two co-deans and nine other food truck. trustees. SARAE GDOVIN The truck was the first jump Allison Buzzanga, a coThe Temple News into the pizza business for Nodean of the foundation, overmad. It began in the summer of looks all of the applicants’ subNomad Pizza Company 2007 with a 1949 REO Speed missions and decides which brings a Roman-style pizza Wagon, fit with its own woodones best fit the organization’s crust as thin as paper from Italy fired brick oven. With this, the vision. to its newly opened third brick- team caters private events and “We don’t have any set criand-mortar shop, located in parties. The truck also travels to teria, but what we are looking Center City. events throughout the city, infor projects that benefit the comCo-owners Tom Grimm cluding Night Markets and the munity,” Buzzanga said. “We do and Stalin Bedon took the shop Porch at 30th Street Station. more standard charitable causes, from what started as a hobby For the owners of Nomad, including anything from the arts, and developed it into a full- the truck adds to the pizza exsciences and more. It’s anything grown business. perience. “I made pizza at home for “The pizza truck works as that stands out to us.” Nomad Pizza opened its fourth location on Locust Street in September. The organization has years,” Grimm said. “I installed AWESOME PAGE 12 PIZZA PAGE 10 two Philly locations, a Jersey shop and a pizza truck. | ALEX UDOWENKO TTN
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Fitz and the Tantrums’ stage presence shines at Electric Factory
NOV. 6 ALBERT HAMMOND JR. (OF THE STROKES) JOHNNY BRENDA’S DOORS AT 8 P.M., SHOW AT 9:15 P.M. $20 21+ Just seven months removed from releasing a Strokes record, Albert Hammond Jr. has brought forth a brand new solo EP. Appropriately titled “AHJ,” it’s a decidedly focused effort filled with twinkly guitar licks and infectious hooks. Erring a bit more on the pop side than his previous work with the Strokes, Hammond Jr.’s solo project sees him take the reins and assume the position as front-man. In lieu of a Strokes tour, Hammond Jr. is heading out to promote his latest effort.
NOV. 8 CIRCLE TAKES THE SQUARE FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH DOORS AT 7:30 P.M., SHOW AT 8 P.M. $12 ALL AGES After releasing the critically acclaimed screamo benchmark “As the Roots Undo” in 2004, Circle Takes the Square prompt-
ly disappeared into the ether. So suffice it to say it’s return in late 2012 with a new LP entitled “Decompositions Volume 1” was welcomed. Combining harsh dissonance and complex songwriting with urgent lyrics that more closely resemble the works of Emily Dickinson than any of its punk forerunners, Circle Takes the Square is embarking on a lengthy tour that will see the band travel as far as Canada.
NOV. 9 MY BLOODY VALENTINE ELECTRIC FACTORY 8:30 P.M. $37 IN ADVANCE ALL AGES The pioneers of washed out, ultra noisy shoegaze are back and hitting the road to wage war on unsuspecting ear drums everywhere. Not to imply that a My Bloody Valentine show won’t be great, it’s just that it wouldn’t be ill-advised to invest in a pair of air traffic controller quality headphones before venturing over to The Electric Factory. The Irish alt-rock band, now entering its third decade of existence, released “M B V,” its first full-length offering in 23 years in the beginning of 2013.
face for close to an hour. The dance-pop party anthems of Capital Cities got the crowd, especially the younger concertgoers, cheering. The band finished its set by playing a remix of “Safe and Sound,” turning the show into more of a DJ-led rave. “[Capital Cities] seems to have a similar goal in their live performances of allowing the audience to let their guard down and just dance party for the evening,” Wicks said. “It’s really a lot of fun.” After the set ended with the crowd spinning T-shirts and jackets over their heads, at the request of Capital Cities, the sunglasses were retired, guitars quickly tuned and a big heart began to glow in the background. With a low-profile entrance, Wicks and the other instrumentalists of Fitz and the Tantrums took the stage. This was followed by front-man Michael Fitzpatrick and vocalist Noelle Scaggs hopping and clapping their way out onto the stage. The band opened with the upbeat “Get Away,” which is on its latest album “More Than Just a Dream.” Fitzpatrick and Scaggs have powerful on-stage chemistry. They move across the stage together, facing each other, exchanging verses and combining for ruthlessly catchy harmony and hooks. The band went back-toback with songs with no time to waste. This busy stage presence reflects the band’s schedule. “‘More than Just a Dream’ came out May 7, and we have not stopped touring for any substantial amount of time since then,” Wicks said. “We had the pleasure of going on the road as the opening act for Bruno Mars as well as doing our own headlining dates, and now this current tour with Capital Cities.” The last time the band played in Philadelphia was for the Made in America Festival
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Fitz and The Tantrums played at The Electric Factory on Nov. 1. | ANDREW THAYER TTN alongside Beyoncé, Nine Inch Nails and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. The band’s Motown influences are evident in its live shows. For as much as the band blends its set with contemporary danceable melodies and tours with an electronic band like Capital Cities, the band has a genuine nature about its show. “I think recorded music has returned to its earliest busi-
Metric promotes ‘Synthetica’ on tour METRIC PAGE 9 about the next step. Shaw said he “didn’t want to let [the album] sit and die out.” When Paramore asked Metric to join on its tour, the band jumped at the opportunity. “It didn’t feel like we could do the same tour again,” Shaw said. “We needed to do something different and switch it up a bit. It made a lot of sense to us. We felt like [Hayley Williams’] fans would react very much to our music.” That reaction stems from a combination of sound, networking, exposure and social media. With Metric being about 15 years old, the group was able to see music’s technological revamp with its own songs. With its first album “Grow Up and Blow Away,” which was released in 2001, to “Fantasies” in 2009 and “Synthetica,” its latest project released in 2012, Shaw saw the YouTube hits and iTunes downloads climb.
“It was a bizarre transition,” Shaw said. “We lived through this transition. We went from a time where a record existed only physically to now digitally. It’s really changed a musician’s perspective.” Now, Shaw said, it’s about maintaining and dominating a social media presence, which can sometimes compromise a band’s sound, though he said he feels Metric hasn’t fallen into that trap. “Now, you have to be a public figure of all kinds,” he said. “It’s not enough to play an instrument or write songs anymore.” Shaw is classically trained from his attendance at The Juilliard School, where he also performed with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. It was there that he eventually grew tired of playing classically, realizing it was worthwhile but might not be for him.
“For the most part, for me it was based to do a desire that had a lot of freedom,” Shaw said. “I wanted to do something that you could use music that could express feeling. I wanted to write, I wanted to create.” Along with writing and creating with Metric, Shaw is also known for his work with Broken Social Scene, a collaborative indie rock effort that includes up to 19 members. The musicians that perform with Broken Social Scene also have other projects to their names and include members of Stars and Leslie Feist, among other big names in indie rock. Shaw and Haines, Metric’s lead singer, keyboardist and cosongwriter, joined Broken Social Scene at a time when it was transitioning from an instrumental sound to the sound its known for today, though their involvement has died down with the pursuit of Metric’s own
ambitions. “It was very much an amorphous blob of indie rock,” Shaw said. “Anything could happen at any moment. As it went on over the years, it became difficult to maintain that level of chaos.” However, Shaw said he valued the time spent with the supergroup and that it was “totally rewarding getting together with those people.” Though he tries not to let the fame get to his head, Shaw said there are moments when he looks around at the members of Stars, Tokyo Police Club and Leslie Feist and is glad to call “those people” his friends. Shaw will be performing alongside his new friends in Hellogoodbye and Paramore on Friday at the Susquehanna Bank Center. Patricia Madej can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ness model in that you tour and show off your abilities as a live performer in order to make a go of it,” Wicks said. “Thankfully, Fitz and the Tantrums’ calling card has always been our live show and the crazy amount of energy we convey every night.” With a genre of music that’s sometimes impossible to pinpoint, a dynamic live performance and what seems to be a steady flow of tunes, it seems
unlikely that the band’s energy will burn out. “We are very thankful and make it known that we realize how lucky we are to be playing to sold-out venues every night,” Wicks said. “None of us take this for granted.” Brendan Menapace can be reached at email@example.com.
WOULD YOU RATHER? Jimmy Shaw, Metric Record or tour? Record. Perform in a smaller, more intimate venue or stadium-sized one? How about a really big, intimate venue? Write lyrics or write instrumentals? Music, all the way. Play “Help, I’m Alive” a hundred times, or “Breathing Underwater” a hundred times? I’d make a medley.
Listen to music on cassettes or records? Oh, vinyl. Play in Canada or the United States? That’s too difficult. That’s creating nationalism, I don’t want to do that. Eat a Philadelphia cheesesteak or New York cheesecake? Oh my God, Philly cheesesteak all the way, all the time.
Nomad Pizza gets new location on Locust Street an ambassador to the pizzeria,” Grimm said. “It gives people a chance to sample our pizza.” Nomad’s first location was in Hopewell, N.J., a small BYOB restaurant with an outdoor patio for guests. Expanding to its second location in South Philadelphia at the corner of 7th and Kater streets brought more space and a variety of craft beers and wines. It also features free movies on Sunday nights in the upstairs dining room.
The newest location, Nomad Roman, is at 1305 Locust St. After learning Spiga, the restaurant located there, was closing, it was a fit for Nomad’s next opening. “They had a wood-fired oven, so it seemed like a good area and a good fit for us,” Grimm said. “It is close enough to our other location that we can bike back and forth. We have wanted to open a pizzeria that featured the Roman crust,
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which is much different than Neapolitan.” With Roman-style pizza, the pies are stretched almost paper thin and topped with sauce and cheese nearly to the edge of the dough. They take minutes to cook in the 1,000-degree oven. The menu features traditional pies, such as marinara and margharita, along with gourmet toppings, including arugula, spicy soppressata and prosciutto. Along with pizzas, there are
a variety of salads, including a grilled Caesar salad with homemade dressing and pizza crust instead of croutons, as well as homemade meatballs. When possible, Nomad grows its own basil, herbs and tomatoes or sources its ingredients from local farms, including Applegate Farms, Blue Moon Acres and Cherry Grove Farm. “We believe in supporting local farmers,” Grimm said. “The food supply in this coun-
try is a disaster, and we all need to encourage local farming as much as possible.” These recipes, although traditional, have their own unique aspects at Nomad. The Roman dough is aged for three days before being made into pies. “It takes lots of trial and error,” Grimm said. “We made pizza after pizza trying to perfect the dough and the toppings. We are constantly trying to improve on what we have.”
Some of the staff members once closed down the restaurants and went on an expedition to Rome to taste-test ingredients and pizzas. “I love different types of pizzas, as long as they are wellmade,” Grimm said. “I have spent a lot of time in Rome and have loved going out to their very popular pizzerias. It is different, but delicious pizza.” Sarae Gdovin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rising Sons, a nonprofit in the city, aims to bring AfricanAmericans together against racial discrimnation through meetings, events.| COURTESY ALEX PEAY Drexel’s campus. Now with 25 members, Rising Sons’ mission is threefold: to help members with job placement, guide them toward higher education enrollment and assist members in launching their own businesses. Although Peay was persuaded to create Rising Sons while at Ursinus, he sees how
impactful his role as president can be. “I am very optimistic,” Peay said with a laugh, implying that his members always get a full dosage of his personality. “As a leader, you’ve got to be optimistic because you’ve got to keep everybody else motivated – that, and having that vision of seeing what it is you want to see
done.” Rising Sons holds a “Reason for the Season” event every winter to provide local needy families with donated toys and clothing. It was held in the Woodstock Family Center in North Philadelphia last December. Aside from donation events, the nonprofit also hosts workshops for men and women. Although “Reason for the Season” benefits children who may not receive any other presents during the holidays, Peay said Rising Sons doesn’t focus solely on Philadelphia’s younger generation. “A lot of nonprofits focus on youth, which is not a problem,” Peay said. “But youth are influenced by who they see who are 18 to 30.” Peay said this difference in member demographic is what allows Rising Sons to make a greater impact. “We said, ‘Instead of just plugging at the youth, let’s work with the middleman,’” Peay
The Awesome Foundation finds creative projects needing a boost AWESOME PAGE 9 Since the opening of its Philadelphia chapter ture, which hopefully shines a positive light on in mid-August, which was initiated by Scandone, the creative culture within Philadelphia.” The Awesome Foundation funded the project First Although First Book-Philadelphia ultimately Book-Philadelphia last month. received that month’s grant, Buzzanga said there “First Book-Philadelphia is the only source was another project that had serious potential. of new books for many children and is regarded “It was between First Book and a program as a precious resource that would make a work station in by parents and literacy the Magic Gardens on South Street program directors in for kids to do crafts, which could Philadelphia,” said benefit the arts,” Buzzanga said. Carolyn Ashburn, the She added that it was Ashburn’s chair of First Book“tangible goal of providing 400 Philadelphia. books with the $1,000 provided by Through the founthe foundation” that eventually won dation, First Book was them over. able to provide about The foundation encourages any400 books for those one, no matter the age, to consider who might have not the foundation an option when lookgotten them otherwise. ing to make their idea a reality. Buz“Our advisory zanaga said college students are seen board, composed of as the perfect candidate for a grant. citizens from a va“It would be great to get the colriety of professional ligate scene into what we’re doing,” Allison Buzzanga / co-dean Buzzanga said. “There are a lot of backgrounds, meets regularly and identifies creative and talented people who are programs from all over the Delaware Valley – in- lost with their projects because they may not be cluding after-school programs, school classrooms able to afford it. They could use us as a tool to and summer reading camps that meet our criteria expand their portfolio or do something for their for free books,” Ashburn said. “We would select school.” one of these deserving recipient groups to be our As a new chapter in a global organization, ‘Awesome Kids Read’ program and receive 400 Scandone said The Awesome Foundation’s Philanew books, thanks to The Awesome Foundation.” delphia chapter has high hopes for the future of its “What we liked about this project was that organization and the city it represents. it was super relevant because of everything go“We should be representing Philadelphia as ing on with the budget cuts,” Buzzanga said. “The one of the more culturally rich, community drivschools were in trouble, so this would be great.” en, socially conscience and creative cities among Trustees at The Awesome Foundation Phila- all of them,” Scandone said. “So while we want delphia chapter look to make improvements in to give back to one individual or one group each various aspects of the city, especially creativity. month, it should be about making our mark on “While it’s important that there is potentially The Awesome Foundation map in general, which social or community impact, the most important in turn brings more positive attention back to our thing is to support something that is hopefully city.” whimsical, innovative and unique,” Scandone Siobhan Redding can be reached at said. “So the foundation hopefully highlights email@example.com. projects that are a little more progressive in na-
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said. “If you influence them, the kids are going to be turning around, like, ‘I want to do that.’” This results in Peay working with members who are older than him. He said this age difference allows for an exchange in wisdom and experience. “We have those with GEDs, some with high school diplomas, a number with college degrees and some with two-year college degrees,” Peay said. “It’s a great dynamic of diversity there.” It’s this diversity that fuels Rising Sons’ formation as a team, Peay said. But, regardless of the age difference, he said he still has to stand his ground as a leader. “I have people who are 30 on my team,” Peay said. “I’m still telling them, ‘You can’t do this, you can’t do that.’ At the same time, they’re teaching me stuff, too.” Khalil Smith, a member of Rising Sons, said he was in-
spired to join the organization after believing Peay showed a genuine interest in Smith’s career aspirations. Peay and Smith were working together at another nonprofit when they met. “I was a local artist doing music, producing events on a very small scale,” Smith said. “[Peay] really challenged me by asking me what I wanted to do. He was actually interested in my answer.” Since then, Peay and Smith have worked together to form “Rising Sons: This is Hip-Hop” to support young adults by inspiring them through hip hop. RSTIHH allows participants to cope with city violence by creating uplifting music. As Rising Sons expanded within Philadelphia, women saw the need for an equivalent organization. The birth of Rising Queens, Rising Sons’ sister organization, was fueled from this desire. Rising Queens was started by Peay in collaboration with women who were involved
with local nonprofit organizations. Although Rising Sons has made an impact in Philadelphia, Peay said he believes society still has room for improvement in terms of cultural sensitivity and awareness. “I think we have to have more conversations with different races,” Peay said. “Especially people our age.” Open and honest dialogue is the first step in the process toward social awareness of discriminative and racial actions, like the occurrence at Ursinus six years ago. “If you ever look at change in society, it’s always been young people that have brought change,” Peay said. “It’s going to take us to really come together to break these barriers and have those tough conversations.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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OUT & ABOUT JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL The Gershman Y started its 33rd annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival on Saturday, which will continue until Nov. 14 at various locations. Films such as “Sukkah City,”“Rock the Casbah,” “Igor & the Cranes’ Journey” and more will be screened at International House, the Ritz East, The Ambler Theater, Gersham Y and more. Tickets can be purchased online, through Gersham Y’s box office or over the phone. Student tickets are $7 with a valid student ID. The Gershman Y’s website says the center is going under major changes in programs in order to keep up with the city’s changing dynamic while preserving its culture. More information on the festival can be found at pjff.org. –Patricia Madej
Books in Wooden Shoe, a collective left-wing bookstore on South Street sells books, records, zines, patches and more.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN
Local independent bookstores claim success as national sales increase
“I want to say the last time I bought a book was two summers ago,” said Julie Kang, a student in the Fox School of Business. “I don’t even remember the last time I bought a book,” said freshman engineering major Kevin Yeash. “All the books I’ve read, my family just has.” However, the American Booksellers Association reports that though Barnes & Noble counts for
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about 20 percent of market sales and Amazon for 29 percent, independent bookstores do account for 10 percent and since 2009, have seen a steady incline in independent bookstore locations – moreso than the larger chains. Despite the reports, of the 11 bookstores called, only four were willing to comment, the rest either hanging up or saying its owner wasn’t there.
“I can’t imagine why people would be hanging up,” Greg Schirn, co-owner of House of Our Own said. “I don’t see a reason why people wouldn’t talk to the press.” House of Our Own, located at 39th and Spruce streets, has been in business for 42 years. “We don’t really order new books anymore,” Schirn said. “We have a huge collection of old books and there’s no real point.”
While suburbanites and radicals visiting South Street are the lifeblood for Wooden Shoe, House of Our own benefits from a similar asset: its location. “The majority of people who buy books here are students,” Schirn said. Andrew Griffin can be reached at email@example.com.
Confusion behind these collaborations Prater explains why these five collaborations are stranger than most.
s the world patiently awaits the release of her third album “ARTPOP,” Lady Gaga has whetted their appetites with the debut of her second single for the album. Entitled “Do What U Want,” the track bounces between synths, R&B beats and features a verse from R. Kelly. Yes, that’s correct. Lady Gaga and R. Kelly have a song together. For every Jay Nia Prater Z and Kanye West Play On or John Legend and the Roots, there’s a collaboration that just makes people scratch their heads in confusion. Their song might not be awful, but it leaves listeners wondering why exists. Here are five of these artistic ventures that sometimes confuse or even bore listeners:
“ACCIDENTAL RACIST” BY BRAD PAISLEY AND LL COOL J
For a while, it was hard to read or watch any news without finding something about this song. “Acci-
dental Racist” attempted to bridge a conversation about how Southern pride doesn’t equal racism toward African-Americans. Let’s be straight: This song is certainly no “Ebony and Ivory.” Without even touching on how the topics were handled – which is a completely other story – the song comes off more cheesy than serious, which certainly hurts it. Also, rapper LL Cool J seems more lost than anything, comparing himself to a “newfangled Django” and shouting things like, “The relationship between the Mason/Dixon needs some fixin.’” Paisley might seem genuine, but this subject is way above their pay grade.
“GANGNAM STYLE: DIPLO REMIX” BY PSY FEAT. 2 CHAINZ AND TYGA
Now, why the world needs another version of “Gangnam Style” is one question. Another would be, “Why do we need a version of ‘Gangnam Style’ with 2 Chainz and Tyga rapping over it?” The change in beat and addition of rap verses is probably an attempt to make the song more club-friendly, because we all need that, right? Tyga, most famous for his dull and very gross song “Rack City,” barely has the personality needed to make his part seem necessary. Even 2 Chainz, who manages to be likable despite being incredibly over-the-top, falls flat here.
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“DON’T CHARGE ME FOR THE CRIME” BY THE JONAS BROTHERS FEAT. COMMON
Oh, to be a fly on the wall of this music studio. How the now-defunct Jonas Brothers got Chicago-based hip hop artist Common to be featured on its fourth album is probably a mystery to most. Perhaps hoping to up the band’s street cred, the song tells the story of a guy tricked into being a getaway driver for his friend who just committed an armed robbery. It did mark a change in tone for the notoriously poppy group, but rock was hardly its strength. Marked by weak lyrics and concept – the song ends with him kicking the friend out of the car, leaving him to the police – it’s a largely forgettable and weird venture.
“STAN” BY EMINEM FEAT. ELTON JOHN
Back in late ‘90s and early 2000s, Eminem caught a lot of flak over his flagrant usage of slurs that offended the gay community. As part of a general mea culpa for these actions, Eminem performed his song “Stan” at the 2001 Grammy Awards and was joined on stage by Elton John, who sang Dido’s hook on the track. Aside from being probably the strangest on-stage duo one can think of, the song choice was an odd one. “Stan” was a huge song at the
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time for Eminem, but it’s certainly off-putting to hear him rap about a murderous, crazed fan only to follow it up with John’s trademark vocals. Talk about whiplash. It’s hardly an “I’m sorry” song, either. Eminem faced more criticism this year for uttering the same slurs in his latest single “Rap God.” It is, however, too soon to say if another Eminem and Elton John collab will come from this latest faux pas.
“PRINCESS OF CHINA” BY COLDPLAY FEAT. RIHANNA
Though probably the most listenable of all the tracks on this list, “Princess of China” still feels misplaced. In some ways, a collaboration between two artists from opposite sides of the pop genre makes sense. But Coldplay and Rihanna were not the best candidates for this mission. The potential was certainly there – Chris Martin and Rihanna have some decent vocal parts. But besides that, the track is pretty boring. It doesn’t play to the strengths of either side, so it almost doesn’t match either of the performers. It’s neither a Coldplay song featuring Rihanna, nor a Rihanna song featuring Coldplay. It’s simply a song all of them happen to perform on.
the taxi services throughout Philly. Oh said there are not enough cabs, they aren’t being as well-mantained as they should and there are not enough handicapped-accesable vehicles. A hearing date has not been set.
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Throughout October, Stephen Starr restaurant Route 6 celebrated Lobster Month, giving diners half off all things lobster on the menu. The promotion is back again for November. The deal is good anytime, all month long. The discounts include lobster rolls, crispy fried lobster tails, New England clam bakes for two and more. If looking for even more discounts, Route 6 features a happy hour Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Not only does it include discounted drinks, but also food. Highlights include New England clam chowder for $3 and a fried oyster po-boy for $8. Route 6 is located at 600 N. Broad St. – Sarae Gdovin
GRACE KELLY HONORED Until Jan. 26, the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa. will be holding an exhibition called “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon.” As a Philadelphia native, Kelly first tried out what would lead to a life of fame at Bucks County Playhouse. Kelly eventually became an actress and a fashion icon and married the prince of Monaco. The exhibit will cover Kelly’s life, starting from her upbringing in Philadelphia to her move to Europe, showcasing her costumes, letters and photographs. Tickets are $16 for college students with a valid ID. –Chelsea Finn
CRAFTS FOR SALE More than 190 vendors will descend upon the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Nov. 7-10 to participate in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. Artists will sell their works, ranging from jewelry to furniture. The craft show also highlights creations from particular regions and countries – this year the spotlight goes to artists from Lithuania. Don Russell, executive director of Philly Beer Week will also have space dedicated to Lithuanian brews, as well as traditional local craft beers. There will be a beer tasting and demonstration on Nov. 8. Tickets for the show are $15 for one day and $20 for two. Tickets for the craft beer portion of the show are $45 and include admission. –Samantha Tighe
MEATLESS MONDAYS COME TO THE CITY @bewellphilly tweeted on Oct. 30 that City Council has declared Mondays “Meatless Mondays” in Philly in an effort to increase healthy eating awareness in the city by Councilman Bill Green. The movement has also been recognized in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
SNAP GETS CUT @KYWNewsRadio tweeted on Nov. 1 that the food assistance program SNAP is receiving less funding, causing many families to see decreases in benefits. These cuts are not only negatively affecting food banks and kitchens but also businesses who accept SNAP.
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Writing for wrestling is difficult, rewarding task Current VH1 writer and producer Andrew Goldstein discusses his start with the WWE.
hen The Temple News hosted a reunion a few weeks ago, I skipped my internship to listen to five former staff members express how important their internships were for landing jobs at NFL Films, ESPN and MTV. While I envied Ray Didinger ’s anti-cellJohn Corrigan phone phiCheesesteaks losophy and and Chairshots admired Michael Christopher’s rebellious critique of Temple’s event staff for Duncan Sheik’s barely-attended concert in the ‘90s, only one name on the marquee drew me to the homecoming: Andrew Goldstein. Currently writing and producing for VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan,” Goldstein worked on the World Wrestling Entertainment creative team in 2006 and the beginning of 2007. Goldstein, who graduated from Temple in 2000, became a professional wrestling fan when Paul Orndorff betrayed Hulk Hogan in 1986 but said he never expected to create similar storylines 20 years later. “The first time I even thought of writing for the WWE was because I saw a job listing on EntertainmentCareers.net,” Goldstein said. “I was working on a show called ‘Web Junk’ for VH1, and I read the listing description and said, ‘I can do this.’ On those job websites you never hear back because it is just a glut of résumé, but I actually did hear back from the WWE. The [human resources] person wrote me and said we’re interested because I had some things like MTV, VH1 and Comedy Central on my résumé. I went through the application process once, didn’t get the job and called her a year later to try the process again.” The four-part test required advancing a current storyline through a backstage interview, in-ring promo, a vignette and then its culmination in a match. “I basically ripped off ‘Rocky IV,’” Goldstein said. “Umaga destroys Ric Flair. Next week Flair comes out, but not yelling and screaming. He says, ‘I’ve had X amount of matches in my life, but I never
felt in my career I couldn’t defend myself like I did last week. It’s time to ground the Learjet, park the limousine and walk away.’ Next week Umaga destroys Arn Anderson. The fact that Arn took this beating drew Flair back to honor his friend. Finally, John Cena defends Flair against the monster.” Although that buildup wasn’t used for Cena and Umaga’s classic Last Man Standing match at the 2007 Royal Rumble, Goldstein contributed several memorable characters and moments. “I originally got hired to do ‘Diva Search’ stuff with The Miz because of my MTV background,” Goldstein said. “Then I got put on team ‘SmackDown’ with Dusty Rhodes as our former wrestler to work out the physicality of the things we wrote. I worked a lot with Jimmy Wang Yang intro vignettes, the MVP/Mr. Kennedy unlikely heel friendship, MVP’s inferno match story with Kane, the custody of Dominic, Maryse Ouellet’s intro vignettes where she was in lingerie in a satin bed.” Signed to three-month contracts, Goldstein said “there was no learning curve” in the “political minefield.” “Anything you pitched in meetings as a writer would go like this,” Goldstein said. “‘Is there a way we could, maybe, this isn’t the idea, I’ll throw it out there and you guys can make it better, but how about this?’ The former wrestlers feel territorial and they know better than anybody else that if they didn’t have this job, there isn’t much else for them. They’re not going to let some suburban nerd come in and wow Vince [McMahon].” Working under the “half genius, half megalomaniac” chairman of WWE, Goldstein endured McMahon’s wrath on more than one occasion. However, following a segment on Diet ECW, an unlikely coworker saved Goldstein from the boss’ tantrum. “I wrote and produced the entire Mike Knox and Kelly Kelly storyline,” Goldstein said. “Kelly told him she never loved him and then slapped him in the face with a bouquet. In rehearsal, Stephanie McMahon told him to be somber and put his head down. But Vince is all about facial expressions so he flipped out and said ‘Who told Knox that?’ while looking at me. Steph actually stood up and took the blame. It was the only time Vince was about to yell at me and Steph stepped in.” Right before the 2007 “Royal Rumble,” Goldstein was fired by WWE’s human resources department.
“I didn’t have the confidence to tell these behemoths what I needed from them in a backstage vignette,” Goldstein said. “I didn’t have the confidence to suggest an idea to them. Whereas now with the professional background that I do have, I could go up to anybody and say, ‘Here’s what I need from you on camera right now. You have 40 seconds and this is the emotion I need from you.’ I didn’t have that confidence at 25 years old.” Popping up in podcasts and radio shows to discuss pro wrestling with Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and Sportsradio 94WIP’s Spike Eskin, Goldstein still follows his childhood passion and tweets during Raw via @AngeGold. “I hate Randy Orton’s ‘better than you’ promo because it’s a crutch,” Goldstein said. “WWE does it all the time and it comes from Vince saying the easiest way to get a message across is with a straight line. I get that, but it’s such an uncreative way to do it. Look at early Ric Flair promos, which I do often. Even before all the Nature Boy stuff, he would say something like, ‘If you can beat me, I’ll kiss your boots.’ He still means that’s he better than you, but he draws me in with specifics.” Despite the constant stress, Goldstein suggests aspiring writers from his alma mater apply for the opportunity. “I recommend it because it was an amazing experience, even though emotionally it was really tough,” Goldstein said. “You’re on the road for TV and then writing and pitching in the office Wednesday through Friday. We were supposed to be off Saturday, but we would have a conference call that could go on for four hours. But being in the car, traveling from city to city with guys who love wrestling as much as you do was awesome. Being backstage and learning the business, respecting the history and seeing what these guys actually go through, it made me more of a wrestling fan than I had been.” John Corrigan can be reached at email@example.com.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Andrew Goldstein is a former Temple News employee. He took no part in the editorial process of this article.
Longwood Gardens shows off its chrysanthemum collection. | TYRA LOCKHART TTN
Longwood Gardens celebrates fall with its Chrysanthemum Festival Thirty-year old festival runs until Nov. 24. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News Pennsylvania is home to the largest chrysanthemum bloom, and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., is showing it off. Longwood Gardens has been growing chrysanthemums since 1921, but the festival didn’t start until 1981. It runs until Nov. 24. “The chrysanthemum is sort of the quintessential fall flower,” said Patricia Evans, the communications manager at Longwood Gardens. “A lot of people have at least one or two planted themselves or on their front porch. We call this one autumn’s colors – it kind of begins through the harvest season, when our gardens are in their top form. Then in November it’s all about the mums and then indoors. You could say it’s the last burst of color before winter
comes.” Evans said the flower’s popularity had begun to fade, but with festivals such as the one at Longwood Gardens, it’s starting to thrive and drive in a new audience. Most people enjoy the burst of color the garden brings. Evans said kids focus on the flower’s colors while adults tend to appreciate the art form. There’s a science behind the way the flowers are shaped and grown. Steps include pinching, tying and budding the plant into a particular shape, which can take up to 18 months. The Chrysanthemum Festival is the most intensive and time-consuming horticultural presentation of the year and Evans said anybody working with this project needs to possess a scientific and artistic vibe. The biggest sight to see this year is the largest 1,000-bloom mum in North America, which possesses more than 1,400 yellow blooms. This is the first time this has been done, and Evans said Longwood Gardens is proud to be the creator of it. Visitors are encouraged to
take a picture with the bloom, upload it to their Instagram account and hashtag it with #thousandbloom. The tagged collection includes an array of people, some older and some younger in front of the large, bright yellow, halfcylinder shaped plant. “People who love gardens love to see Longwood because we like to show the audience what we like to see, and we grow things in extraordinary ways,” Evans said. “You will see us use so many different varieties, even if you love the plant you will see one or two other ones you probably haven’t seen before.” In order to make sure the festival experience is unique, the team at Longwood Gardens goes on plant explorations in other countries to see what they would be interested in showcasing. Chelsea Finn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book-to-movie adaptations need to follow formula Colatriano looks at the differences in books and movies, from Harry Potter to “The Hunger Games.”
ans are looking forward to the second part in “The Hunger Games” series, “Catching Fire,” to premiere on Nov. 22. “The Hunger Games” has been one of the most successful book-to-film adaptations after “The Lord of the Rings” and the Harry Potter series. But what makes a successful book-to-screen adaption? It’s a formula many filmmakers dream of perfecting, because successful adaptations lead to big money for the studios. Audience members are hyper-critical – although when Chelsea it comes to movies, everyColatriano one’s a critic – when it comes Roll Tape to turning their beloved book into a feature film. Everyone has their own idea of what the movie should look like, and when the filmmakers deviate from that, some fans are angered. A recent example of extreme deviation from the book is this year’s “The Great Gatsby” adaptation directed by Baz Luhrmann. Luhrmann
used the elements of cinema to his advantage to create a vibrant, fast-paced film with contemporary music that one wouldn’t have heard in the roaring ‘20s. The film received a 49 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Its mixed reviews may come from the fact that Luhrmann’s vision of the book did not match most viewers’ expectations. “The central problem with Luhrmann’s film is that when it’s entertaining it’s not Gatsby, and when it’s Gatsby it’s not entertaining,” said The Atlantic’s Christopher Orr. The book is so ingrained into American culture that everyone has their own picture of the story and its beloved characters. It is impossible to appease all audience members, but apparently this film adaptation deviated too much from expectations. However, viewers must keep in mind that what they see in their head is not what is going to be on screen unless they are the director. They are watching a reimagining from someone else’s movie in their mind. Another important aspect of successful film adaptations is the filmmaker’s ability to capture the core theme and tone of the book and realize
it onscreen. A large part of this process is figuring out what stays and what goes in terms of plot. Movies tend to be streamlined versions of books. Much of the detail of novels cannot be transferred to the screen unless it moves the plot along. In that regard, films are much more formulaic than books. One of the most notable examples of films that preserve the tone and emotion of books is the Harry Potter series. “I think ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’ is one of the best adaptations of [young adult] literature we’ve ever had,” said author and filmmaker Bryan Young in an interview with CNN. “Alfonso Cuarón was the best at taking the spirit of what the book was and boiling it down. He created a new look and feel for the ‘Harry Potter’ movies that set the tone going forward in a way that no one else really did.” The Harry Potter series is one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Even though the film series was streamlined, much to the chagrin of fans, the directors of the franchise were still able to preserve the details of the world J.K. Rowling set forth in her series. Even the casting was well-received, catapulting its three young
“What they see
in their head is not what is going to be onscreen unless they are the director. They are watching a reimagining from someone else’s movie in their mind.
stars from unknowns to household names. Filmmakers are trying to replicate the success of the Harry Potter series. A film based on the “Divergent Trilogy” is set to debut in 2014, which is already being compared to “The Hunger Games.” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a coming-of-age story by Stephen Chbosky, found success in its film version when it was released in 2012. Chbosky was also the film’s director and screenwriter — a rarity when it comes to adaptations. “I had to do a real adaptation – I couldn’t just film the book,” Chbosky said in an interview with CNN. “It was a real balancing act to simultaneously be emotionally very inside the piece and at the same time always be outside of it to keep it on the train tracks.” So when “Catching Fire” is released, fans of the books should remember adaptations are a tricky business. And if what one expects is a replica of the movie in their mind and they think they could do better, then maybe they should make their own adaptation. YouTube is a good place to start. Chelsea Colatriano can be reached at email@example.com.
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Donut truck offers inventive flavors A Philadelphia truck offering specialized donuts has generated buzz on Twitter. ‘ ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News
Bob Rifkin, a Philadelphia food truck owner, serves freshly baked donuts with a fork. His customizable baked goods are more complex than the average powdered donut. Undrgrnd Donuts is a popular newcomer among food trucks citywide. The truck “surfaces,” as its Twitter account often says, on Main Campus three days a week and parks in front of Presser Hall near the Tyler School of Art. On other days, Undrgrnd Donuts can be found on University of Pennsylvania and Drexel’s campuses or catering private parties and events. Rifkin said a pastry business was not always his aspiration. “I’ve been a chef at the Marriott for 20 years and I teach culinary classes in South Philly, but I’d never done anything with pastries,” Rifkin said. “But
for the truck, I didn’t want to go with the same entrée kind of deal that everyone else does, but everyone else does cupcakes and I got sick of that idea.” That’s when the idea of serving specialized donuts came about. Rifkin said he didn’t want to serve typical glazed or Boston cream donuts – he wanted to make something original and fun. Customers can pick a donut off of the menu or create their own using the different choices for “dunk”: a crunch topping, a swirl or a “dusting.” If Rifkin and the other workers like a creation, it is added to the menu and website. The donut’s creator gets to name it. “Our best sellers are the French toast, the ‘Captain Kranky’ [strawberry dunk, Captain Cruch topping] and the ‘Homer’ [vanilla dunk, raw sugar, chocolate and bacon chunks] – the more savory and sweet ones,” Rifkin said. “We wanted to do gourmet, but Federal Donuts already did that and I’m friends with the owner there. We have an agreement that I’ll never open a shop and he’ll never open a truck.” Although Rifkin is enjoy-
ing his new business venture, he said he can’t take the credit for its startup, as it was his nephew’s idea. Originally looking at an option to open a franchise in Maryland, Rifkin realized he didn’t have the amount of money needed to put into the business. That’s when the truck idea surfaced. “My nephew was thinking and all of a sudden said, ‘Uncle Bob, can you put it in a truck?’ and I said ‘Yeah, I think I can make that happen,’ and we went from there,” Rifkin said. “As for the design, we looked at over 20 and my brother-in-law’s best friend actually came up with the one we’re using – a donut with the Philly skyline coming out of the top.” Rifkin said operating out of the truck is surprisingly manageable, despite the spatial needs of baking donuts. The donut batter is made in the truck each morning and the donuts are made in a machine he calls a “donut robot,” which bakes them in the appropriate shape. “We have an automated deep-fryer that dispenses the batter, flips the donut and it comes out hot and warm and ready to top,” Rifkin said.
“When you get your donut from us it’s probably a minute old. We had to stop coming up with combos after 250 and then narrowed it down to an original baker’s dozen.” Rifkin said he has been happy with the business at Temple. He first planned to come to Main Campus twice a week, but after great successes increased those visits to three a week. Being a part of the Philadelphia Mobile Food Association, Rifkin said he hasn’t had any difficulties in maintaining the business on campus due to the camaraderie between the truck owners in the organization. Other truck owners on campus have also lent a helping hand. “We like Temple,” Rifkin said. “It’s our favorite college in Philadelphia. We just love the location and decided to come here more often. Everyone here has been really helpful. The guys at the Creperie tell us about parking, Richie’s been here forever and gave us some advice and a lot of our customers grab a French press from Matt at Cloud Coffee with their donut.” Rifkin said he doesn’t believe Undrgrnd competes with
fellow dessert truck Insomnia Cookies. He said he just sees his product as an alternative and believes his truck to be something totally different due to its mobility. “We’re more of an alternative than competition,” Rifkin said. “You may not eat donuts every day, but you don’t eat cookies every day either, you know? Also, I don’t believe having the truck in one permanent spot adds long-term value. Being in one place doesn’t let everyone try your product. You need to spread it out.” Undrgrnd Donuts has been well-received by students, causing some buzz on Twitter. “Had my first @UndrgrndDonuts trip today and it was unreal,” Twitter user @BRINdisiDAHUMAN wrote. Sean Harrington, a senior risk management major, said he enjoys that there are new, interesting snack options on campus. “The variety is great, and it’s cool that they’re not just your run-of-the-mill donuts,” Harrington said. “I really like the ‘Homer,’ but I can’t wait to try the others, too.” Rifkin said he hopes the attention to Undrgrnd Donuts will
Rifkin operates on Main Campus three days a week. | ABIGAIL DEVORE TTN
spread throughout the city. He’s a firm believer that donuts are the next hot item for food trucks and fast, convenient food alike. “We’re the only donut truck in the city,” Rifkin said. “I scoped out the few cupcake trucks and even they can’t say that they can put machinery into their trucks like we do. I think we’re safe for a little while.” Ariane Pepsin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the average national one-way daily commute is 25.5 minutes. So my “mega-commute” of a one-way trip of almost three hours puts me at about six times the average time spent getting to work. Not only that, but this was all for an unpaid internship. Yet despite the financial and time commitment, I don’t regret making the commute. College is about leaving comfort zones and bettering oneself for the professional world, so in my opinion, it was a worthy investment. Heather O’Donnell, a junior economics major, always took a SEPTA bus to a finance office in Lower Merion TownADVERTISEMENT
ship. She said she learned the hard way that unpaid interns are still expected to adhere to the rules and guidelines of paid, working professionals. “I called my intern coordinator this summer to complain about my severe stomach pain,” O’Donnell said. “He told me that I still have to come in because it didn’t sound like a good enough excuse for a sick day. Turns out, my appendix ruptured on that bus and I still worked the full day.” Commuting is just another reality of the professional world. While working in extreme pain is unreasonable, spending part of the day getting to work is
expected. As interns, students can become accustomed to the traveling. My commute between Washington and Philly, on the other hand, was a unique experience. The nation’s capital is a working town – I rode the metro with my intern colleagues during peak hours, our laughter and chatter amidst people maneuvering their morning papers at different angles to decipher small fonts. Through my commute alone, I grew as a professional. I left the college bubble of being surrounded by young people and learned from the presence of working professionals.
Apart from commuting to and from an internship, I also had to take public transportation around the city to run personal and business errands. Though many interns may consider this a menial task, I enjoyed accomplishing something Siri can’t do: map and efficiently time out a long list of intern errands. My experience with commuting and having to book my own public transportation even helped me schedule flights and train rides for employers at my internships. During the time of the Kermit Gosnell Case, MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin stood up from his cubicle and asked the newsroom if anyone knew
the best way to get to Center City in Philadelphia. I immediately suggested 30th Street Station, which I walked through on each commute home. He then asked me to book his ticket – the responsibilities of an intern truly know no bounds. One day while running errands in New York City for my internship, I couldn’t help but stare at a woman in a fashionable fur coat reading a book to her daughter on the subway. I thought back to one winter day when I was 6 years old, ice skating below the building I now work in, looking up at the gold statue below Rockefeller Cen-
ter as I wobbled atop two thin blades. Without my willingness to travel, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to work in the environment that was a fantasy to me as a child. While they may get repetitive, costly and difficult to manage, the experience and the people you will meet and see along the way will make 5 a.m. Megabus rides worth it. I’m glad I still have the childhood imagination and perseverance to glide around working capitals of the world and get out of bed each time the work may seem too hard or early. Esther Katro can be reached at email@example.com.
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Bracelets for Alzheimer’s awareness
going to try to find a way to sell them on campus and move forward within the next few weeks since the Alzheimer’s Walk is coming up.” The walk is being held at Citizen’s Bank Park this year and has raised more than $374,000 with the goal to raise $1 million. Currently, more than 5,000 people are signed up to participate with more than 700 teams composed of families and friends, including Zakin, Seiferheld and his family. The team is called “Betty’s Brood” in honor of Seiferheld’s late grandmother. Junior tourism and hospitality management major Allison Diamond said she has also seen a loved one suffer from Alzheimer’s. “It’s one of the most difficult things anyone can go through,” Diamond said. “Watching my grandma slowly lose her memory is scary. I think that Alzheimer’s is a common disease that does not receive enough attention. I think [Zakin’s] efforts are a great way to
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raise money and awareness.” More than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and a new case of the disease is developed every 68 seconds, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website. Although undecided freshman Lauren Flurer does not have family diagnosed with the illness, she said she still supports the cause. “There are so many diseases and health issues that we have today,” Flurer said. “I would definitely buy a bracelet to support something that affects so many people.” “It’s tough, it really is,” Zakin said of her encounter with Alzheimer’s. “It doesn’t always seem like it’s going to get better, but just keep your head up. It’s a fact of life, and if more people can help and put additional research and time into this cause, we can change it a little bit, or maybe even completely.” Samara Grossel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk will be held Sunday at Citizen’s Bank Park to raise money for research on the disease. Zakin hopes she can increase awareness using her bracelets prior to the event. | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN
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Dual award for class paper The award is unique in nature, as it is not only bequeathed to the student author, but also their professor – it is meant to honor the revision process as well as the initial creative effort of writing. A judging panel examines the portfolio with particular attention to the professor’s efforts to guide the student using feedback. It aim is to celebrate the interaction between professor and student. “[Mendenhall] challenged [Woodbury],” Follett said. “[Woodbury] didn’t know much about the course but writing the paper helped her understand.” Mendenhall noticed Woodbury’s work ethic and was aware of her aspirations to give back to the Philadelphia community by becoming a teacher. “I’ve taught many writing-intensive courses and saw [Woodbury’s] commitment to writing intensely immediately,” Mendenhall said. “I knew she was going to be a great teacher because she was an active, intense thinker.” “Blindness” is set in a society that experiences an epidemic of sightlessness, characterized by a sudden inability to see anything but white. Woodbury’s essay focuses on the protago-
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nist, a woman who is the only person unaffected by the mysterious outbreak. Throughout the movie, the woman is challenged with the stereotype that women are weak. “I never knew about [the WICC award] before,” Woodbury said. “I didn’t expect the nomination. My professor called me out in class about my paper and then I started to attend her office hours. Each time was to improve my paper and we signed up together to enter the contest.” Woodbury said she and Mendenhall built a friendly relationship during their experiences working together. Woodbury said she valued the learning experience of working so closely with her professor. “I felt like she respected me as a person and understood me as a fellow educator,” Woodbury said. “She would often ask me about my experience as a teacher and connected it to the process of finalizing my essay.” Woodbury’s ideas during her revision stages also helped Mendenhall learn new strategies to use while assisting other students. “When [Woodbury] and I met, she had her laptop and as
we talked, she revised her paper, rewriting her sentences on the spot,” Mendenhall said. “I could see that she really understood my feedback and could act on it immediately. I have since incorporated her strategy into all of my classes, so I have her to thank for that.” Mendenhall said she wants to motivate all of her students to develop in writing, leading and thinking. She said she believes Woodbury met each of these objectives while working on her “Blindness” reflection. “We have a great relationship,” Mendenhall said. “[Woodbury] listens so intently and then takes action fearlessly. I made it clear to her also that I wanted to support her, because she wants to give back to the Philly community and be a high school English teacher.” Woodbury said she sees herself teaching English at a Philadelphia high school. She continues to develop her ideas by writing in class as well as helping other students with their writing. Karlina Jones can be reached at email@example.com.
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AROUND CAMPUS RAMONA AFRICA SPEAKS
Members of fraternities and sororities worked to choreograph dance numbers and present them at the Greek Showcase on Oct. 31. The event was an opportunity for Greek organizations to present themselves and featured a costume contest. ONLINE. | ABIGAIL DEVORE TTN
Inside-Out educates inmates in through the back door, in a sense,” Pompa said. “Inside-Out isn’t a degree granting organization, but a lot of times for people [it] is very enlightening or eye-opening.” Inside-Out expanded to the State Correctional Institute at Graterford, Pa., in 2002, where the Graterford Think Tank was created as an extension of the exchange program. Today, it meets on a weekly basis to organize projects and develop Inside-Out curriculum. Paul is still an active participant. For confidentiality purposes, incarcerated participants are known only by their first names. “What happens in that room is that you see the inside guys and outside guys as equals,” Pompa said. “The dialogic nature of this approach really allows people to bring a different perspective to the table – and all perspectives are different.” Pompa received the Soros Justice Fellowship grant in 2003, which she used to expand the program to reach schools and educators across the country.
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Since then, Inside-Out’s participation has grown to 10,000 students and nearly 310 instructors in 37 states. Inside-Out is now planning a national replication plan to execute a state-by-state expansion for the Inside-Out model. “We are not going in to study the guys, we are not going in to help the guys, it’s not advocacy, it’s not activism and it’s not about building relationships that will step outside of that classroom – it’s about education,” Pompa said. “The root of the word ‘education’ is ‘to draw out.’ People should be able to think about things and make connections. I would much rather have someone leave at the end of the semester not knowing [a] precise set of facts than to not be able to think about [those facts in general].” Though it was originally created to encourage intellectual conversation between incarcerated individuals and students, Inside-Out has become a national transformative learning experience. Inside-Out programs are being instituted in universities across the country and in Canada.
“What happens in the classroom is really amazing,” Pompa said. “First, it started out as criminal justice classes and then sociology got involved. Then, professors were telling their colleagues to do theater classes and humanities classes at the prison. So now you have people teaching across the arts and humanities and even law inside the prison, and it’s just awesome. This has gone places that none of us could have imagined. We couldn’t even plan that, the way that it evolved.” Almost a decade ago, prisons allowed college-level classes, and hundreds of classes were offered to incarcerated men and women. This stopped in 1994 when the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which funded these programs, was repealed. Now, Inside-Out allows for incarcerated persons to have educational opportunities once again. Both Paul and Pompa have received significant feedback about the dynamic effect the program has had on students and instructors.
In a 2010 interview with InsideOut, Paul called the program a “soulpenetrating, multileveled educational experience that not only elevated my intellectual curiosity, but also inspired new hope for our capacity as human beings to engender a more humane and just society.” Students, whose identities are also protected, said they value the program as well. “My experience with the InsideOut Program has really opened my eyes to many things,” said one “outside” student participant, who remained anonymous for the organization’s standards of privacy. “Not only was this an opportunity to learn more about prisons and our criminal justice system, but I learned a lot about myself as well. I have to admit that I didn’t really believe that I would grow so much as an individual, but this experience has really allowed me to see many things in a far different light.” Brian Tom can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Park Service recruits students who like to travel and see new places,” Cooper said. “You have to adapt to change while staying dedicated to the public service.” While this is the general rule of thumb for a ProRanger, some parks offer a new opportunity. There are parks that have many active park rangers, leaving some with full law enforcement duties. Other smaller, more isolated parks only have one active park ranger at a time. Senior criminal justice major Jay Copper said the program is “a dream come true.” He joined the program during his freshman year and expects to earn his certificate by the end of this summer. Finding the union between law enforcement, firefighting and the outdoors as a ProRanger, Copper said he was convinced to join the program. “Some parks are their own town
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– you are the fire, you are the EMS, you are everybody,” Copper said. “You could be on a trail for two days all by yourself on a search and res-
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cue.” This commitment might be hard sell to some freshmen, but Copper said the dedication he put in has paid off. Working at Fort McHenry in Baltimore one summer, he was able to stand on a dirt rampart as the Blue Angels flew over a replica “StarSpangled Banner” flag while the national anthem blared out to a crowd of more than 20,000. It’s moments like these that make the ProRanger program so unique, he said. Jordan Keiffer, a senior criminal justice major, said he has made some special memories. While working at Sleeping Bear Dunes, an island on Lake Michigan, Keiffer recalled meeting a young boy who reminded him of himself. At an early age, Keiffer collected badges from park rangers all over the nation. As the boy’s visit to the
island was ending, Keiffer was able to return the favor to another aspiring park ranger. “It’s a special moment when a kid comes to the park,” Keiffer said. “When I was little, I did the junior ranger program, so when he got on the ferry I got to give him a patch. So I passed that on to him and his face lit up.” The newest crop of ProRangers will be recruited by April and will be ready to begin training by summer. While law enforcement is important, Keiffer said he believes in a much simpler ideology. “You need to enjoy talking to people,” Keiffer said. “We are there to answer questions, inform the public and interpret why the parks are there. It takes a special person.”
After almost 30 years, Ramona Africa said she is still fighting for her rights. She is a member of MOVE, a black liberation movement that was known for a “back to the earth” approach to living. This past Thursday, Africa spoke to a small group of students and faculty in the Klein Law Building on Main Campus. She said she has argued that she and her family were innocent since the Philadelphia Police bombing of a row home where many MOVE members lived on May 13, 1985. The bombing killed 11 people, some of whom were children, and destroyed 61 homes nearby, not all of which were associated with MOVE. Africa is the sole living survivor of the bombing. Africa said the violence started after the death of a police officer. Nine of Africa’s brothers and sisters, which is how she referred to other MOVE members, were charged with third-degree murder and conspiracy, she said. The shot, however, came from upstairs while the residents of the MOVE community were all in the basement, Africa said to the audience. There was series of days that led up to the bombing where the cops would observe the house and leave peacefully, she recalled. “If they were trying to arrest us, they would have done that a while ago,” Africa said. Africa insisted during her speech that MOVE is a peaceful organization. The government wanted them gone, she said, because they saw the group as a threat to the things they were doing. “The goal of MOVE is to be peaceful and be an example,” Africa said. -Karlina Jones
CULT CLASSIC AT THE REEL
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” made its October rounds this year, landing a spot at The Reel on Oct. 29. Both the 8 and 10:15 p.m. showings rapidly sold out, with students crammed into the Student Center’s movie theater. The production was sponsored by the Queer Student Union, members of which sold prop bags at the door as a means of fundraising. Viewers were armed with rice and toast to throw during the showing, noisemakers and newspapers. A live performance was put on by Temple students in front of the screening of the 1975 film, as is customary for showings of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” With some actors dressed in drag, these students utilized small props in the minimal space to bring the production to life. “I had heard about the show from my parents,” junior theater major Ian Monaco said. “But this was my first time seeing it with the throwing of the rice and the toast, and it was really hysterical. I definitely didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did.” Audience participation is a key element of the show, creating an interactive experience for viewers and performers. First-time audience members, teasingly nicknamed “Rocky Horror virgins,” were marked on the forehead with a lipstick “V”and asked to dance with the performers. -Brianna Spause
POET TO PERFROM AT TYLER
On Thursday, Nov. 7, Douglas Kearney, a poet, performer and singer will come to Main Campus. Kearney’s first full-length collection of poems, “Fear, Some,” was published in 2006. In 2014, he will release his third, “The Black Automaton.’” The event is presented by The Temple University Poets and Writers Series and is sponsored by the Graduate Creative Writing Program. It will be held in Tyler School of Art. The event is free and open to the public. -Erin Edinger-Turoff
Patrick McCarthy can be reached at email@example.com.
VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
“Do residence halls
and campus buildings do enough to protect the privacy and safety of students?
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“The attack [in Anderson Hall] was a huge wake-up call. I think if buildings were as secure as residence halls, I would feel safer.”
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“Because of the scanning and codes in the residence halls, I think it makes them safe. I know I always felt safe when I lived in one.”
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“I think the residence halls and TECH [Center] are a lot safer than the [other] campus buildings.”
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School records highest GSR ever Owls set best mark On Oct. 28, athletic communications announced that Temple’s student-athletes have recorded their highest Graduation Success Rate in school history as Owls who entered college in 2006 graduated at a rate of 81 percent. “The academic success and timely graduation of our student-athletes is a great point of pride for Temple University,” Justin Miller, director of studentathlete academic advising and support center, said in a statement. “The consistent collaboration between Temple Athletics Administration, coaches and staff of the Nancy & Donald Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes continues to result in excellence in the classroom department-wide, as well as record numbers of students earning their degrees each semester. We are very proud of our student-athletes and look forward to their continued success.” The football team saw a 13-point increase, as members graduated at a rate of 79 percent – ranking third in the American Athletic Conference. Men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and the volleyball team earned a perfect GSR. -Avery Maehrer
Friday, Nov. 1 with the Phoenix Suns in their 87-84 victory against the Utah Jazz. Christmas came off the bench for 15 minutes, scoring nine points on three-of-six shooting. He also pulled down four rebounds. The only other Temple alumnus in the NBA is forward Lavoy Allen. Allen comes off the bench for the Philadelphia 76ers. Through three games, he is averaging 18.0 minutes, 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. -Evan Cross The softball team will begin its season at the TSU Tiger Classic in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 21-23. | TTN FILE PHOTO
said in a press release. “She has really developed into one of the best defenders in the nation, and it will be great to see her play with the other top seniors.” “Throughout the past years, our seniors have been able to show that they are some of the best players in the country,” Janney added. “Katie Briglia had a wonderful Senior Game last year against the U.S. National Team, and we’re excited to see Molly do the same.” Doyle has played a big role this season on a defense that has held opponents to an average of 1.22 goals per game and has helped to record five shutouts. Offensively, Doyle is having a career year. She is second on the team in scoring with eight goals and three assists for 19 points, and recorded her first career hat-trick in Schedule released a 3-1 home win against Bucknell on The 2014 schedule for the Oct. 6. softball team was released last -Nick Tricome week ahead of the Owls’ first season in the American Athletic Youtz honored Conference. Temple will open its season Junior forward Amber Youtz at the TSU Tiger Classic in Nash- has been named Big East Conferville, Tenn., Feb. 21-23, where ence Player of the Week for the secsixth-year coach Joe DiPietro’s ond time this season. squad will face Dayton, WestYoutz scored two goals and ern Michigan, Indiana State and an assist in an Oct. 25 win over Tennessee State. The Owls will Georgetown. head to Clearwater, Fla., the The assist, which came late in next weekend for the USF Under the second half on a goal by freshArmour Invitational where they man forward Katie Foran, was good will play against Florida Atlantic, for the 100th point of her career. Kennesaw State, Loyola MaryYoutz added a goal and anothmount, Central Arkansas and er assist in a 3-2 win over Lafayette. Mount St. Mary’s. She scored just under 14 minutes Games at the Ambler Sports into the first half when Temple was Complex will begin on March 12, down 2-0, which ended up sparkin a doubleheader against Dela- ing a rally of three unanswered ware State. Conference play will goals en route to a win. begin on a road doubleheader at Youtz is averaging 1.07 goals Houston on March 22. per game and 2.60 points per The regular season will game. Both averages are the best wrap up May 4 in a home match- in the nation. Her 103 points is tied up against USF. The American with Bridget Settles (2008-11) for Athletic Conference champion- fifth all-time in points for the proship will be hosted by Central gram. Florida May 8-10. Youtz is also seventh all-time -Avery Maehrer in goals with 42, three goals be-
hind Settles in sixth, who has 45. Although she missed four games due to injury, Youtz leads the team Doyle selected in scoring this season with 16 goals Senior midfielder/defender and seven assists for 39 points. Her and co-captain Molly Doyle has 16 goals also lead the Big East. been selected to play in the 2013 -Nick Tricome National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game. The game will be held at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Nov. 23. Doyle is one of 38 se- Sound of support niors selected for the game and Oftentimes at revenue colleone of five coming out of the Big East. She is also the eighth senior giate sporting events, the band is a who will represent Temple in the staple for a school. But rarely can you say this past seven years. “We’re extremely proud of about the non-revenue sports that Molly and all her accomplish- don’t draw as big of a crowd and ments,” coach Amanda Janney thus there is no real student section
at these events. This was different at the volleyball game Friday night as the crowd was cheering and McGonigle Hall was filled with Temple students. It was a “white out” as the Owls played the top team in the American Athletic Conference standings, Louisville. In addition to having its largest attendance of the season against the Cardinals, the volleyball team was greeted by the Diamond Band for the first time this season. Though the Owls fell to Louisville, the atmosphere inside McGonigle Hall was elevated. Senior trumpet section leader Jake Rodinaro said that while they attend all the home games for football, along with men’s and women’s basketball, they wanted to perform for volleyball since Louisville was visiting. “We just knew it was a big game against Louisville because they were at the top of the conference and we just thought we would come out and support,” Rodinaro said. That being said, Rodinaro said normally there are far more band members at football and basketball games as usually there are about 210 people in the band for those games. At the volleyball game they had about 60. “Usually we have a lot more time to play, so it’s hard to just find little pieces of songs that we could just play in between each serve, but I was very happy with our performance,” Rodinaro said. Often times the band would play after the Owls would win a point, but unlike football where they can play at longer length following a touchdown, or in basketball where they can play during timeouts, in volleyball the windows of time with which the band had to perform were much smaller, creating a challenge for the band. -Greg Frank
BASKETBALL Tradition continues On Halloween, members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams participated in the annual “Avenue of Treats.” Student-athletes from both squads were at the Liacouras Center, welcoming trick-or-treaters from the Temple community, handing out candy and signing autographs. The event is held as a way to provide a safe trick-or-treating environment for children throughout the local community. -Avery Maehrer
Owls in the NBA Former standout guard Dionte Christmas made his NBA debut on
Raffle to be held
A fundraiser is being held for former Owl Tom Duff, who is suffering from pancreatic cancer. The fundraiser will help cover Duff’s medical expenses. Items that will be raffled off include footballs and jerseys signed by Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and gear from the Houston Texans – where Temple graduate Joe Marciano is the special teams coordinator – and the Buffalo Bills. Duff attended Central Bucks West High School, where he graduated in 1972 and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame. He lettered at Temple from 1973-75, wearing No. 30. Contact Jeff Stempel at 215345-8069 for more information. -Evan Cross
MEN’S SOCCER Players recognized Redshirt-junior forward Chas Wilson was named the American Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 28. Wilson scored two goals in the week preceding the award announcement, scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory against Rutgers and the second goal in a 2-2 draw versus Central Florida. He has scored four goals this season, tying for second on the team with senior midfielder/forward Vaughn Spurrier. Wilson and Spurrier are tied for 10th in the conference in goals. Junior goalkeeper Dan Scheck was named to the conference Honor Roll. He made five saves against both Rutgers and UCF. Scheck has played every minute of every game at goalkeeper. He leads the conference in shutouts with nine, leads the conference in save percentage with .862 and is third in goals against average with 0.67. -Evan Cross
ICE HOCKEY Kennedy leads Owls
Junior forward Stephen Kennedy continues to be the Owls best offensive player statistically this year. The native of Ambler, Pa., leads the team with 24 points off of 17 goals and seven assists in just 14 games. In his first season with the Owls after transferring from Montgomery County Community College, Kennedy has been an asset to the ice hockey club. “The kid just knows how to find the back of the net,” coach Ryan Frain said. “Guys like that come through maybe once every couple of years, but when they do, you put them out there whenever you need them. He’s a special player.” -Samuel Matthews
Rutgers redshirt-junior wide receiver Brandon Coleman leaps to make a catch. The Owls have had trouble rushing the passer and defending the pass. | HUA ZONG TTN
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they’re going to throw the fade, but he walked up and bumped him and the guy just beat him. As I told them, it’s on me, it’s on the staff, it’s on the players. It’s not on Zamel. He’s out there trying to cover that guy, and we need him to cover him, but it’s also on the guys [on the front seven]. We outnumbered them. It’s on the guys that blitzed. It’s on the guys that are trying to get there. We’ve all got to go get there, and we didn’t.” The Owls allow 507.9 yards of offense per game, ranking 118th, or sixth from the bottom, in the nation. The passing defense is the main reason for that. Temple allows 322.2 yards per game through the air, which is 121st in the country – third to last. The rushing defense is more middle-of-the-pack, allowing 185.7 yards per game, which ranks 87th in the FBS. “Their offensive line did a good job protecting,” sophomore defensive tackle Matt Ioannidis said. “The defensive line, I feel like we really pass rushed well together as a unit. Feeling each other in the pocket, trying to figure out where each other were. We got there a couple times. It’s always good to pressure the quarterback. Make him a little nervous in the pocket. It affects his throwing and overall helps our defense.” Ioannidis leads the team with 3.0 sacks on the season, putting him in a tie for 13th in the American Athletic Conference. Temple, with 1.56 sacks per game, is 89th in the nation and second-to-last in The American, only leading Connecticut. Temple’s inability to stop the passing game is at least partially because of the struggle to consistently rush the passer. “As a player, the coaches tell us to put our trust in them, buy into what they’re saying,” Ioannidis said. “I honestly do believe that the coaches are going to put whoever is out on the field who they believe is going to help win the game. If they choose other guys, those are the guys who are going to help us win the game. I don’t think it’s hurting us. I think we have a good, solid rotation. Everyone stays fresh, the legs are always healthy.” “It’s been a rough year so far,” Matakevich, a sophomore linebacker, said. “If we could just finish up strong and get momentum going into next year, we get everybody back pretty much. If we could just get some momentum going into next year, I think that would be good for us.” The linebackers, led by
Matakevich, have been the bright spot this year for the defense. Matakevich leads the nation in solo tackles with 86, which is 28 more than the second-place player – Navy senior linebacker Cody Peterson. Matakevich is on pace to record 115 solo tackles, which would be the most in a season by any player since 2002. Caponegro returned after missing the previous two games and recorded six tackles, including one for a loss, and recovered one fumble. “I think we’ve definitely improved as a team,” Caponegro said. “Our main focus up to this point ... comes down to finishing the game in all four quarters. Sometimes we’ve been struggling to do that, and I think today we came out and played four quarters. Like I said, it came down to a few plays here and there and Rutgers making a big play at the end. Hats off to our team and their team, but I think we came together and played well as a team today.” Freshman safety Jihaad Pretlow got the start this week after outplaying redshirt-freshman Stephaun Marshall recently. Pretlow, whose father and uncle played at Rutgers, had a rough game, being whistled for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and getting beaten on Carroo’s first touchdown. “Jihaad went in after about nine snaps last week at SMU,” Rhule said. “Some of the other guys weren’t playing great, so we put Jihaad in and he played OK against SMU. There was a crucial hit to the quarterback when he was on the ground, and the long double post touchdown. We’re living through some of those things right now. We just keep trying to correct them. Jihaad’s a smart kid. He’s shown to be physical at times and he runs well.” Despite all the troubles, Temple is improving on defense. Rutgers had 440 yards from scrimmage – the secondlowest amount the Owls have allowed all year. “We’re definitely not making as much mistakes as we were in the beginning,” Matakevich said. “Don’t get me wrong, we’re still making mistakes. But kids are coming along ... We’re young, but they just keep pushing, pushing. We’re almost there. We were about a few inches short today, but that’s the game of football.” Evan Cross can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EvanCross.
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Owls remain undefeated at home have a good week of practice and then come out next Saturday and play some good soccer and hope we get a result.” Junior goalkeeper Dan Scheck, who started each game this year for the Owls and allowed 12 goals on 234 shots, was also optimistic about his team’s chances. “I think we’re very confident as a team,” Scheck said. “We’ve been getting good results lately. I think, going into the tournament, we should definitely have a good chance to make it to Dallas and even compete for the tournament championship.” This season, one of the players most significant to Temple’s success was that Martinelli started every game for the Owls, except for the final one against
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Cincinnati, and led the team in goals, assists and shots. Martinelli gave credit to the seniors for his accomplishments and the team’s success. “I can’t speak highly enough of them,” Martinelli said. “They’re the ones that get everyone motivated and get everyone going, and we wouldn’t be who we are without them.” Martinelli is also looking toward the conference tournament. “We’re going to have a home game here,” Martinelli said. “We’re very good at home. I know we’ll be able to do some damage, so I’m looking forward to it.” “The preseason poll, we were picked dead last,” Scheck said. “And I don’t think that affected anyone’s mentality. We
knew how good we were, so we knew we needed to finish in the Top 4, and that’s what we’ve come out and done.” Senior midfielder/forward and co-captain Vaughn Spurrier said the team was underrated because its opponents did not know what to expect from the Owls. Even though Temple finished the 2012 season with a winning record of 10-6-3, The American has tougher competition. “I think we’ve made a name for ourselves, so then coming in [to the tournament] we’re on a pretty level playing field with anyone that we come up against,” Spurrier said. “I’m excited. I’m ready to work to be able to win a place in the NCAA tournament, because that’s been our goal from game one.”
“We made a statement this year,” freshman defenseman Robert Sagel said, who was fourth in goals this season for the Owls. “Got a huge win to ensure home field advantage in the first round. It’s been a great experience.” MacWilliams, in his 14th year as Temple’s head coach, feels just as confident as his players. “We’re pretty excited,” MacWilliams said. “I think the sky’s the limit. Our guys feel that we can compete with anybody in the country, and I think we’ve shown that. And next week it starts, and we’ll go from there.” Don McDermott can be reached at email@example.com.
Recruiting class provides boost on court Chris Mullen makes a save during the Owls’ 5-2 loss to Rowan on Friday night. Temple’s defense has given up high shot totals during early season competition. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
With defense struggling, Mullen surges
to give up shots.” After a 2-1 overtime loss to Maryland where Mullen held his own, sophomore forward and team captain Greg Malinowski praised the goalie’s SAMUEL MATTHEWS performance. The Temple News “He’s been playing unreal,” Malinowski said. “I mean, I feel Senior Chris Mullen has bad for him that we keep losing proven himself as a standout for him. He’s our team basically, goalie this season. when it comes down to it.” “[Mullen’s] lights out,” With the praise from his coach Ryan Frain said. “He’s captain, Mullen handled the been standing on his head pretty compliment with modesty. much all year.” “As far as being referred In the first ICE HOCKEY to as ‘the team,’ I’m just one eight games Mulpart of the whole team,” Mullen len has started this said. “We can’t win games withseason for the Owls, he has a reout everyone playing well out cord of 4-4 with a goals against there. I just try and go out and average of 3.78 and a save perplay as well as I can every night. centage of .900. It feels good to know that they “I think I’ve been playing think I’m playing well, though pretty well this year,” Mullen and that they said. “Like I’ve want to go out said, there’s althere and play ways room for well for me, just improvement, like I want to but as far as my do the same for Temple career them.” has gone I think With Multhis is one of my len being a sestronger years, nior, Frain said and hopefully I he believes the can keep it up. determination to There’re still a Greg Malinowski / team captain win in his last lot of games to season as an be played.” Owl has been Giving up Mullen’s motivation. too many shots has been a prob“He’s been there all year,” lem for the Owls’ defense. In his Frain said. “And he’s not really first eight games between the going anywhere. I kind of think pipes, Mullen has seen an averthat it has to do with the fact age of 39.4 shots per game. that he’s a senior and he wants “As always, you would like to win.” to see [the shot total] reversed,” “I think that this being my Mullen said. “With us having last year has impacted my play more shots than them, that’s slightly,” Mullen said. “Just bethe ideal situation. The fact that cause of how the previous seawe are giving up so many shots sons have ended, and I definitely needs to be addressed.” don’t want to go out not making “I told him that he has done it to nationals, let alone not even a phenomenal job so far and to making it to regionals.” keep it up,” Frain said. “We’re Having a goaltender to rely going to fix our defensive zone on as the last line of defense is situation and give [him] some crucial to any hockey team tryhelp.” ing to make a run into the playEven though the team has offs, and Frain has placed his been giving up a lot of shots, confidence in Mullen. Mullen credited his defense for “My hat’s off to him,” making the shots more manageFrain said. “He’s been playing able. great, and I couldn’t be more “For the most part, the proud of him.” shots I’m seeing have been pret-
Senior goalie has been an important asset this season.
been playing unreal. I mean, I feel bad for him that we keep losing for him.
ty stoppable,” Mullen said. “I still can definitely improve, and I think that I am capable of playing better. But overall the ‘D’ has been playing well. They’re letting me see the puck, which is good. It’s hockey, we’re going
Samuel Matthews can be reached at samuel.matthews @temple.edu or on Twitter@SJMatthews13.
Freshmen have proved themselves to be assets to the team. RICH FOGEL The Temple News When the Owls left McGonigle Hall on Sunday afternoon after their 3-1 win over Cincinnati, seniors Gabriella Matautia and Elyse Burkert VOLLEYBALL were not at their usual position at the top of the stat sheet — it was freshman Caroline Grattan who led the team with 17 kills, tying her season high. Grattan has had a breakout rookie campaign this fall, tallying 170 kills and 111 digs. This season’s freshman class has made an impact on the court, with Grattan, Tyler Davis, Kirsten Overton and Mary Claire Tuohy rounding out coach Bakeer Ganes’ 2013 recruiting class. Recruiting has remained an important part of the program’s success, as Temple’s roster boasts athletes from all around the world. Sophomore Sandra
Sydlik is from Germany, while sophomore Alyssa Drachslin’s hometown is Riverside, Calif. Sophomore Alicia Wennberg is from Norway and Matautia came to Temple from Ewa Beach, Hawaii. “You have to develop connections with club teams,” Ganes said.” It’s all about research, and who you know. It’s kind of like a game we play each year, and it’s up to us to retool the team and stay consistent.” “With my playing time in Europe I have been able to make connections with many people over there,” Ganes added. “It’s important because the international game has so much talent for volleyball. If you do your research about players from there you would find many skilled players.” Ganes travels to watch showcase tournaments in four states: California, Texas, Kansas and Florida. Every year, Ganes and his assistants select a certain number of players who they want to watch. The staff then splits up, going to different cities to recruit. “It’s similar to [Amateur
Athletic Union] basketball,” Ganes said. “The USA Volleyball Association sets up these big tournaments to showcase recruits and we have a chance to talk to the athletes and get their mindset about possibly coming to play for Temple. It is challenging because you never know what the players are leaning towards and if they are serious about coming to play for your school.” Grattan and Davis have seen considerable playing time during their first season with Temple. Grattan has played in 21 of the 23 games and has averaged 8.1 kills a match. Davis has played in 16 matches and averages 5.8 kills per match. “I started looking at colleges starting my junior year,” Grattan, a Pittsburgh native, said. “My club team carried more weight than my high school team because that is where college coaches go to recruit their players. Bakeer came to see me during the spring of my junior year at one of the bigger tournaments that season. Coach was pleased of how I played so that intensified the re-
cruiting and all of a sudden we were in serious talks about me coming to Temple.” “We were very fortunate to get Tyler and Caroline on the team,” Ganes said. “Their club directors are very friendly with us and we have talked to them in the past so they were big in the process to get Tyler and Caroline to play for Temple. They each are an incredible talent and it’s been so big for us that they have stepped up and played so much in their first year here.” Temple wasn’t the only school on Grattan’s radar. “I was also thinking about going to Penn and was also recruited by a couple small schools, but after I visited Temple and saw the direction their program was going, the decision was pretty easy for my family and I to choose Temple,” Grattan said. The 2013 recruiting class, along with the rest of the Owls, will embark on a five-match road trip starting with Memphis on Nov. 8. Rich Fogel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offense fails to convert fourth down ter how many guys are out there, it just comes down to good oldfashioned football. You’re going to have to move people and get the yard. Obviously we didn’t.” The play call was the same as the one the Owls used during the second quarter on a 4th-and-1 situation. Harper converted the first down on that drive, which later ended in a touchdown that he scored. In the fourth quarter, Rutgers was more prepared. “I think we called the right play, it’s just that they schemed a good blitz for us,” Harper said. Even after Temple failed to finish off Rutgers, the Owls had another opportunity to close out the game. After driving past midfield, redshirt-freshman Nate D. Smith sacked quarterback Gary Nova. The result was a fourth-and-15 situation for the Scarlet Knights, as Temple needed just one more stop to take over on downs and run out the clock. But a delay of game penalty on freshman linebacker Sharif Finch made it a fourth-and-10 and stopped the clock. On the next play, Nova completed a 33yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo for the touchdown that gave Rutgers the lead with 42 seconds remaining. The drive was eight plays and lasted one minute, 15 seconds. While the Scarlet Knights still had to make a play to convert on a long fourth down, the penalty didn’t help. “Our kid came up with the football,” Rhule said. “They called delay of game because our kid had the ball and wouldn’t give them the ball. On our end, we have to be smarter than that.
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Zaire Williams rushed for 64 yards in last Saturday’s 23-20 loss to Rutgers.| HUA ZONG TTN It was a crucial situation.” “It really cuts you a little son against Louisville when the The game marks the second deeper,” Harper said. “You want Cardinals won 30-7. time this season that the Owls to progress from the week beNot only will the Owls have lost in the final seconds of fore, which I think we did. But face a challenge in holding off the game on a long touchdown you want to see the result with a a national powerhouse in UCF, pass, the first one being a home win, of course.” but after the Rutgers loss, the loss to Fordham. On Saturday, Freshman quarterback P.J. team veterans face a challenge the Carroo touchdown could Walker finished the game 21- in keeping the locker room tohave been avoided with just an- for-31, throwing for 203 yards, gether through the last month of other half yard from the Owls’ two touchdowns and a pair of the season. offense. interceptions. The loss is some“You’ve got to tell them “We’ll take this and we’ll thing he said he doesn’t want to to keep going,” Harper said. learn from it,” Rhule said. “All forget. “I know it sounds like it’s rethe players are understanding “It’s very emotional be- petitive because every week how much better we are getting. cause we knew we had this it’s kind of a tough loss, tough At the same time, we have to get game in the bag,” Walker said. loss. But you’ve just got to tell that half yard if we want to win. “At that point when it was 4th- them to keep going. Eventually I’m disappointed for them, but and-1, we knew we had to get it it’s going to click, and when it my hat’s off to Rutgers. They down. But it didn’t happen. We clicks it’s going to be something fought back and played well. As just have to come out in practice special. Even though you might we move forward, we’re going and remember that 4th-and-1 be upset or be down, it’s right to fight for that half yard.” every day. Wintertime or spring, there. It’s kind of like the story Harper finished the game we have to remember that 4th- where the dude was digging for with 49 rushing yards and two and-1, no matter what.” the diamonds.” total touchdowns – giving him a Temple will have a week Avery Maehrer can be reached team-leading season total of 11. off before hosting No. 19 Cenat email@example.com or on Harper has experienced more tral Florida on Nov. 16. The last Twitter @AveryMaehrer. losses this season than in either time the Owls faced a nationally of his first two with the Owls. ranked team was earlier this sea-
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Runners finish at bottom of pack
wound up seventh overall out of the eight-team field. “In having looked at results, I forecasted where I thought we would end up on both [the men’s and women’s] sides, and they ANDREW PARENT were at around where I thought The Temple News they would be,” distance coach As the American Athletic James Snyder said. “That’s Conference Championship where we are in the conference men’s race ran its course at and in the program right now as Madison, Conn. Saturday, Will far as new step, new direction and it wasn’t unexpected at all Kellar was shocked. The Owls’ senior has seen for me. I knew what we were up just about all there is to be seen against.” The women didn’t make as a Temple cross country runner, but was as out much better on the team as scale, placing eighth out of the CROSS COUNTRY uncertain everybody else 10-team conference. Senior when it came to just how good Anna Pavone (18th) and junior the competition in The Ameri- Jenna Dubrow (23rd) paced the can conference meet would be. Owls with finishes of 21:33.89 Judging by the conference’s and 21:48.71 respectively on the inaugural championship meet, women’s 6K course. With both runners making Temple wound up in a conference chock full of talent, Kellar it a clear goal to finish in the Top 15 and earn All-Conference said. “I was pretty blown away honors, Pavone said her hesitawith the competition,” Kel- tion to stick with the faster top lar said. “I had no idea what to group derailed her hopes. “I definitely think there expect because I hadn’t raced against any of those schools should be improvement, stickbefore. I went into it thinking I ing on my behalf,” Pavone said. would be Top 10 and I just didn’t “I wish I stuck with the front know, but these guys were way group because I know I could faster than I thought and it was have, and I should have been in the Top 10 and Top 15. The really surprising.” “It was very humbling go- coaches wanted me to, but I ing against competition like dropped back because I was that,” Kellar added. “It wasn’t scared I would die, but in reality like the top schools like Villa- at the end, I was running faster than the front nova, Penn State, group was.” Syracuse or any L i k e of those schools, the men, the but there’s some women are a really talented younger team. kids out there Pavone said the running pretty Owls’ minutefast times, so it and-a-half gap was a little intimiWill Kellar / senior distance runner between Dudating.” brow and their Kellar led a relatively young men’s squad third runner, sophomore Janie with a 24-minute, 34.95-second Augustyn, played a part in Temmark and a 21st place finish. ple’s eighth-place result. “I think everyone put out Set close to the shores of the Madison section of the Long Is- really great efforts,” Pavone land Sound, the 8K course was said. “It seemed like everyone among the flattest and fastest ran the best they could, but if much of the team had ever raced I could change one thing, I’d want the gap to close between on. “I’ve never ran on a course where Jenna and I finished and like that before,” Kellar said. where [Augustyn] finished. It “That was the fastest course was a [1:33] gap and that really I’ve ever seen. There were vir- hurts our finish as a team. Clostually no hills and we went out ing that gap would be ideal. I really fast. My first mile was definitely wanted to score high 4:37 … the leader’s first mile in the conference, but that’s was around 4:25 which is ri- something that we have to work on.” diculous.” Between them, the men’s Sophomores Ryan Debarberie, Owen Glatts and Will and women’s squads feature Maltin followed Kellar with two seniors, five juniors, five respective times of 25:38.80, sophomores and seven freshmen. Both squads have battled 25:47.23 and 25:55.69. Although five of Temple’s through the expected growing seven men’s runners registered pains a team loaded with freshpersonal-best times, the Owls men and sophomores typically
Conference championship brings tough competition.
The women’s soccer team started its season off strong, but the Owls lost nine straight conference games to end their first year in the American Athletic Conference. This season marked Seamus O’Connor’s first year head coaching the Owls. | TTN FILE PHOTO
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Once Temple was introduced to its conference opponents, wins became a distant memory. After a shutout victory in their conference opener against Houston, the Owls lost eight consecutive regular season match-ups. Though it earned one win in the conference, Temple advanced to The American postseason tournament, as every team does. The Owls were shut out by Southern Methodist 3-0, ending their season on a ninegame losing streak. “Being that it was new competition, people we’ve never seen before, I think we realize what we’re up against,” sophomore defender Kaylee Harner said. “I think we realize that we have it in us, we just need to begin to play and compete.” Despite the losses, Temple’s large group of underclassmen led the team in several statistical categories. Of the 17 goals scored this season, 14 of Temple’s point scoring came from the freshman or sophomore class. “Those freshmen and sophomores are fantastic,” O’Connor said. “The later the season went on, the freshmen got better and better.” “The strength of our team now has more experience,” O’Connor added. “They learned in the hardest way possible because they got punished for every mistake that they made in the conference.” Last year’s Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie team
members, sophomores Shauni Kerkhoff and Erin Lafferty, continued to lead the Owls in 2013. Kerkhoff ended the season with 95 total saves and seven shutouts, leading the conference in both categories. Kerkhoff came one shutout shy of tying the program record for most shutouts in a season and most shutouts in a career. Lafferty started in all 19 games as one of the main defenders, but she was also tied for the team lead in points, netting three goals and an assist. “I think Erin showed the consistency every single game,” O’Connor said. “[Lafferty] marked whoever was the best forward on the other team. Nobody could score on her. I really hope Erin gets some recognition within the conference.” Sophomore defender Taylor Trusky and sophomore midfielder Kelly Farrell both transferred to Temple before the season began and proved to be important parts of the Owls’ lineup. Farrell registered two goals and three assists this season, and Trusky started all 19 games as one of the Owls’ key defensive players. “I hope we get two more this year,” O’Connor said. “Taylor was really outstanding on defense. She just got better as the year went on. I think she’s one of the girls who improved the most. Kelly did a good job, and hopefully in her time at Temple, she’ll become the goal person we need. The
two of them are huge additions to the program.” Freshman midfielders Ingrid Mello, Elaine Byerley, Jillian DiBlasi and Clara Guenter accounted for a combined seven goals. Senior forward Jackie Krostek, defender Karly O’Toole and midfielder Amanda Ward have come to the end of their careers, but O’Connor and the young roster have now completed their first season together. The Owls will take positives from this season, but O’Connor knows this season’s results mean the team will need to make major improvements. “I think we’re lucky that we have a lot of young people coming back, continuing to grow, feel comfortable,” Harner said. “I think we just need to keep working hard, doing the little things that add up to success.” “There’s definitely a lot of stuff I could’ve done better,” O’Connor said. “There’s a lot of stuff I’ll do differently next year. Being in the first year, learning as we go, I would definitely say there’s a lot of room for improvement. One of the first people I will be asking improve next year is myself. From there, I’ll ask from the players as well.” Brien Edwards can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BErick1123.
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OWLS IN PLAY FRIDAY FH at UConn 5 p.m. WBB at La Salle 7 p.m. WVB at Memphis 8 p.m. ICE at Rider 8:30 p.m. WFENCING at NAC All Day
SATURDAY MSOC vs. USF 1 p.m. MBB at Penn 5 p.m. WFENCING at NAC All Day WFENCING at PSU Open All Day CREW at Frostbite Regatta All Day
SUNDAY FH vs. Louisville/ODU* 1 p.m. WFENCING at NAC All Day CREW at B.M. Regatta All Day
MONDAY MBB vs. Kent State 7 p.m. WFENCING at NAC All Day *If necessary experiences. Although both teams saw a lower team finish than they might have hoped for, Snyder said there’s still a silver lining to take out of the team’s first meet in The American. “It’s year one, it’s step one and it’s progress in the right direction,” Snyder said. “If you look at times we ran, I think five of our seven guys ran personal bests. So, obviously we’re progressing in the right direction, everything’s getting better, we’re improving, but we still have steps to make there’s no doubt about it. But that’s the positive and silver lining we can take from it.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.
Owls stay nationally ranked and securing a spot in the Big East tournament. In the Owls’ first 10 games, they started 8-2 and beat Villanova and Rutgers to go 2-0 in their first Big East Conference games. That start included one of their biggest wins of the season, a 3-0 shutout of then-No.6ranked Penn State on Sept. 6. The win was an upset and the team’s first win against the Nittany Lions in 30 years. “That was the start of most of it all,” sophomore defender Taylor Shronk said. “We got our season going fast and it put us in a good spot to continue strong throughout the rest of the season.” “It just sent us off on the greatest path ever,” junior forward Amber Youtz said. “For us, this team has always been about working so hard to prove that we are a better team now, and I think it just gave us the hope that anything can happen any day, and I think it gave us inspiration for the whole entire
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year.” Four days later, after beating old Atlantic 10 Conference rival Richmond 3-2 in overtime, Temple earned the No. 11 spot in the national rankings, and although the team would fall back to No. 17 by season’s end, the Owls never let go of their spot in the Top 20. Statistically, the Owls also stayed among the nation’s best. The team has performed well defensively all season, holding opponents to 1.50 goals per game, an average that is 23rd in the NCAA. In the cage, Millen put herself up with the best goalkeepers in the country, posting a .775 save percentage that is 13th in the NCAA. Offensively, Youtz was third in goals per game at 1.07, and led the nation in points per game with a 2.60 average. Youtz scored 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points this year to lead the team in scoring, even though she missed four games from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6
due to a right forearm injury. “It was extremely hard,” Youtz said. “I’ve never had an injury before where I had to miss games, especially in college and even in high school. It was a completely new experience for me, but it was a good learning experience. I think it was something that I needed to have happen, just to know how to handle something like that.” Temple finished the regular season with a 14-5 record and a 4-3 record in the conference. Although the Owls beat conference foes Villanova, Rutgers, Providence and Georgetown, they lost close games to now No. 14 Louisville and No. 5 Old Dominion, which are teams they could possibly see again in the Big East tournament. Temple’s loss to Connectuct last Saturday made the Owls the fourth seed in the tournament. Although the Owls fell to the Huskies, there were some benefits from the experience. They got to play on the same turf the tournament will be played on, as
Connecticut will play host to the event. The Owls also now have a chance to fix any remaining weaknesses. “They’re going to be able to expose us of any weaknesses that we have right now,” Youtz said prior to the game. “Anything that isn’t exactly clicking for us now, they’ll be able to show that to us.” This will be Temple’s first Big East tournament, but it won’t be much different from the A-10 tournament. “The only thing that is going to be different is the name of the tournament,” Millen said. “It’s do or die at this point, we have to win to move on. Personally, I love that competition and having that much on the line, so I’m excited for it.” Nick Tricome can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @itssnick215.
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Passing troubles defense
Tourney loss ends season
The Owls allow the third-most passing yards in the nation.
The Owls lost their final nine games of conference play. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News
EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor PISCATAWAY, N.J. – When Tyler Matakevich saw Gary Nova’s stats after the game on Saturday, all he did was shake his head and quietly say, “Damn.” Nova, Rutgers’ maligned junior quarterback, thrown one FOOTBALL had touchdown and seven interceptions in the two previous games and needed a good game against Temple to keep his starting job. He came through, going 27-for-38 with 371 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Nova became the sixth quarterback to throw for 300 or more yards against Temple this season. “I knew Gary Nova would bounce back,” coach Matt Rhule said. “He’s played a lot of football and everyone was talking about him all week, and I knew their staff and their players would probably rally around him.” One of the reasons Nova played so well was the amount of time he had to make throws. Temple sacked him twice, but there were multiple occasions where Nova either avoided the pass rush by scrambling or threw the ball before any pass rusher got close to him. “He seemed pretty elusive out there,” senior linebacker Blaze Caponegro said. “We had some pressure on him a few times and he got away. He’s a good ballplayer. He made some good plays out there, and at the end of the game they put the ball in his hands and he wound up making a big play for them. Hats off to them. He finished the game strong for him. He played well.” On the game-winning play, Temple rushed seven men, leaving the defensive backs to cover the wide receivers one-on-one. Redshirt-senior cornerback Zamel Johnson was matched up with sophomore wideout Leonte Carroo, and Carroo beat Johnson for the touchdown. “I said, ‘Send them,’” Rhule said. “I wanted to go after [Nova]. I didn’t want to watch it anymore, so I said, ‘Hey, we’re going to go after him.’ As we get more experience, you’d like to think he’d be off and he’d know
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bate on whether the Owls would go for the first down. The kicking game continued to struggle, as Nick Visco missed the team’s fifth extra point of the season during the first quarter. Even if Temple had made a field goal, Rutgers would have gotten the ball back in a one-score game. But the Knights’ defense lined up anticipating the run, and Harper was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for a loss of one yard. “We were running something similar for most of the game,” Rhule said. “They brought the house, and you need someone to make a block and Kenny to slip off like he had done a couple of other times on fourthand-1.” “You know they’re going to outnumber you,” Rhule added. “You know that no mat-
The Owls showed flashes throughout the 2013 season, but by year’s end, it was apparent this program is still a work in progress. “I’m proud of the girls for the progress we made as a program,” coach Seamus O’Connor said. “We got WOMEN’S SOCCER better regionally and we still have work to do nationally.” This season, Temple struggled with superior talent in the American Athletic Conference, but the team still hopes its underclassmen can learn from the experience and continue to develop into a conference contender. “I think it was an eye opener,” sophomore defender Erin Lafferty said. “We knew we were going to have to come into this conference and work our butt off. We have to continue working hard, getting the players, developing the team, because we are a young team with a new coach.” In O’Connor’s first year at the helm, Temple earned a record of 6-12-1. During the non-conference schedule, Temple began with four consecutive shutout victories. Momentum carried through the non-conference schedule, as Temple notched a 5-4-1 non-conference record, the program’s best record through the first nine games of any season in more than a decade.
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Rutgers sophomore wide receiver Leonte Carroo runs into the end zone for a touchdown past Temple redshirt-senior cornerback Zamel Johnson, giving the Scarlet Knights the lead with less than one minute remaining in the game. | HUA ZONG TTN
Blown opportunities plague Owls The offense failed to capitlize on a fourth-and-1 opportunity late in the fourth quarter.
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ISCATAWAY, N.J - After Saturday’s 23-20 loss at Rutgers, junior running back Kenny Harper stood in the corner of the press room and tried to make sense of the situation by bringing up an old-school fable. Harper referred to an old sermon from Temple founder Russell Conwell, in which a farmer learns the value of diamonds and subsequently leaves his family and life behind in search of FOOTBALL the jewels. After utilizing all of the recourses at his disposal, the man takes his own life. After his death, however, a field of diamonds is discovered on the farmland the man had left behind. The moral of the story is that prosperity
lies within. “It’s the same principle,” Harper said. “It’s the same thing going with us.” With Temple dropping to 1-8 on the season, the prospect of self-betterment still remains a source of hope for the Owls. But even though the team improved from its 59-49 loss to Southern Methodist the week before, Temple failed multiple times in the fourth quarter to finish off the Scarlet Knights. After a 25-yard Harper touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, Temple held a 20-16 lead. With less than two minutes left in the game, the Owls found themselves in a 4th-and-1 situation at the Rutgers 27-yardline. With the Scarlet Knights out of timeouts, the opportunity was there to close out the game. Coach Matt Rhule said there was no de-
Picked last in preseason, Owls finish fourth in conference
Team wraps up regular season undefeated at home. DON MCDERMOTT The Temple News
With a 1-0 double overtime win against Cincinnati on Saturday, the Owls (10-3-4) finished off a season that MEN’S SOCCER surpassed the expectations of everyone but themselves. In a preseason poll for the American Athletic Conference, Temple was picked to finish last in its new conference, but ended up in the Top 4 with a first round bye going into the conference
tournament. Temple will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday against South Florida. “We want to be last,” sophomore midfielder Jared Martinelli said. “We want to be underdogs, come back and prove people wrong. We’ve shown that we can do that this year.” “The years I’ve been here, it’s always been hard getting some respect,” senior defenseman Sawyer Hemmer said. “But I think we’ve really come out and gotten that respect. We finished Top 4, so hopefully some of the coaches start to look at us and kind of start to change their game plans up.” Coach David MacWilliams gave credit to new players and
spoke highly of the veterans on fident about facing teams like anyone in the nation right now,” conference leader Louisville. Hemmer said. “So we need to Senior Day. “I think we can play with “I think we had a great SOCCER PAGE 20 freshman class coming in, and we had a great nucleus of players here,” MacWilliams said. “We had a very successful year last year. And I think the addition of the kids that we brought in has really helped, and I think the chemistry has been very good. We’ve got a great bunch of kids here and it showed.” The Owls were particularly strong at home this year, going 7-0-2, while outscoring their opponents 13-3. Although the Owls did not fare quite as well in the conference (3-1-4) as they did against non-conference The men’s soccer team finished its regular season with a 1-0 teams (7-2-0), they are still con- double overtime win against Cincinnati. | PAUL KLEIN TTN
Postseason draws near When Lizzy Millen saw this, she said her only thought was, “You’re sadly mistaken.” “That was definitely a motivator,” the redshirt-junior goalkeeper said. “We’re coming NICK TRICOME into this new conference and The Temple News they don’t even expect any comNot much was expected of petition out of us.” “We really all took that and the Owls this year. just ran with it,” Millen added. Before the season began, “[Coach Amanda Janney] really the Big East Preseason Coaches’ wanted us to show that we’re Poll had the Owls here to compete, and just beFIELD HOCKEY finishing sixth out cause we’re in a new conference the eight teams in doesn’t mean we’re going to shy conference and out of postseaaway from any challenges, and I son contention.
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think we really proved that this year.” The team closed out its season as a Big East affiliate with a 7-0 loss to No. 8 Connecticut last Saturday, giving the Owls a 14-5 overall record and a 4-3 record in conference play. Temple will get another shot at the Huskies this Friday in the Big East tournament semifinals. The field hockey program got off to its best start since 1990 this season, earning the team’s first national ranking since 2001
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‘SHOWCASE EVERY NIGHT’ With an inexperienced roster, the Owls are gearing up for their conference transition. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor or coach Fran Dunphy, Temple’s move to the American Athletic Conference this season is accompanied by two emotions. Excitement is one of them. After spending more than 30 years in the Atlantic 10 Conference, the Owls will be on a new stage – one with bigger schools that will provide increased exposure for the university. But with the team losing five of its Top 7 leading scorers from last year, the timing of the move sparks the other emotion: apprehension. Temple is scheduled for home and away games against Connecticut, Memphis and defending national champion Louisville. The Owls will be doing all of this will 10 eligible players. “There’s a little bit of fear as to how we’re going to handle all of that,” Dunphy said. Out of the 10 teams in the conference, the Owls were picked to finish fifth in the preseason coaches’ poll. After losing Scootie Randall, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, T.J. DiLeo, Jake O’Brien and leading scorer Khalif Wyatt to graduation, Dunphy said three players will need to step up: junior guard Will Cummings, redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee and redshirt-senior guard Dalton Pepper. “Leadership comes in a lot of different ways,” Dunphy said. “It’s not always what you say, but more importantly what you do. I think those three guys are very solid citizens. They understand what life is about. They understand what teams are about. I think they’ve done a good job at this point leading us up to our first game.” Cummings said he doesn’t believe the departure of five men from last year’s team will be problematic, as losing players to graduation is an annual occurrence. The conference transition, however, is another story. “We’re playing all of the heavyweights, all of the big names everyone wants to see play,” Cummings, the team’s top returning scorer, said. “We’re not playing the Saint Louises, we’re playing the Louisvilles. We’re coming out every practice, making sure we’re working hard and play-
ing strong because we know it’s a different conference, different rules.” Pepper,played for the first time last year since his 2010-11 season at Big East Conference school West Virginia. He came off the bench in every game last year but looks poised to receive one of the starting lineup spots. Pepper averaged 2.9 points per game last season, but said his confidence level is a lot higher this year than when he made his Owls debut. “I know I’ve got to play better in every aspect of the game,” Pepper said. “Just coming out ready to go every game and giving whatever coach asks for.” Lee averaged 9.8 points per game last season, which ranked third on the team behind Wyatt and Randall. Lee calls the new conference, “a showcase every night.” The challenge of competing in such showcases remains. “I think we might respond in a good way,” Lee said. “We’re a young team so we’re probably going to get down, but we have the will to fight back. We’ve got some good veterans with me, [Pepper] and Will so I think we can really help the team a lot.” The Owls welcome two freshmen to the roster this season in guard Josh Brown and forward Mark Williams. Sophomores Daniel Dingle, Quenton DeCosey and Devontae Watson will return. Dunphy said all of the underclassmen will be expected to play and contribute, as this year marks what he believes to be the biggest challenge since his first season with Temple in 2007-08. “We have a rotation that I think will be OK if we do everything we need to do,” Dunphy said. “But we don’t have a lot of margin for error.” The Owls’ offseason was highlighted by an overseas trip during the weeks that preceded the fall semester. Williams and Brown donned their Temple uniforms for the first time as the Owls played teams in Paris, Monaco and Rome. The experience was more than just about food-tasting and sightseeing. “I think we were blessed to have gone to Europe this summer,” Dunphy said. “I think it helped us in trying to form who it is that we are. That doesn’t mean we’re flawless. It just means that we
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know e a c h other ’s warts a little bit, so we can figure out what to do on some occasions and what not to do on others. But I think that we’re a good group together. I think they like each other. I think they care for each other. I think they respect each other.” Even with a young team, Dunphy’s coaching philosophy remains the same as in past seasons. “It’s still nuts,” Dunphy said. “You’re still coaching every bounce, you’re getting on guys when they make bad plays and you’re complimenting when they make good plays. If you’re a young kid from 18 to 20 years old, you’re only remembering the negative ones.” “You know what’s really great?” Dunphy added. “They sit down in that seat and see the film. That film doesn’t lie.” Temple will open its season with a Big 5 match-up against University of Pennsylvania this Saturday at the Palestra. Dunphy coached Penn for 17 years before joining Temple’s staff. Penn’s current head coach, Jerome Allen, played for Dunphy with the Quakers from 1991-95 where he became one of the program’s all-time leading scorers. “The game against Penn is the one where if you said to me, ‘You didn’t have to play one,’ I’d prob-
ably choose them,” Dunphy said. “For obvious reasons – one is that I coached there for so long. The other is that the guy who was so instrumental in my career, Jerome Allen, is now the coach there. But that’s on me, that’s not necessarily on our players.” The Owls will also play in Big 5 match-ups against St. Joseph’s on Dec. 4, La Salle on Jan. 18 and Villanova on Feb. 1. The team will compete in the Charleston Classic as well, kicking off the tournament against Clemson on Nov. 21. Temple’s schedule in The American will begin in a New Year’s Day road trip to Rutgers. The Owls will get their first shot at taking down defending champion Louisville at the Liacouras Center on Feb. 13. Dunphy said the schedule appears to be the toughest one he has faced. For Cummings and others on the team, the move to the new conference and the challenges it brings are a source of motivation. “It’s college basketball,” Cummings said. “You want to play the big names and play on TV. That motivates you. If you need any other motivation, I don’t know why you’re playing college basketball.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@ temple.edu or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer.
(From left) Redshirt-senior Dalton Pepper, junior Will Cummings and redshirt-junior Anthony Lee were named by Fran Dunphy as the men’s basketball team leaders. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
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The men will kick off the season at coach Fran Dunphy’s old stomping grounds. University of Pennsylvania will look to contend for the Ivy League title after a disappointing 9-22 showing last season. The team boasts a talented frontcourt in Fran Dougherty and Darien Nelson-Henry, and a pair of guards who can score in Miles Cartwright and Tony Hicks. The Quakers struggled with injuries last season, but they should be healthy for this game.
AT RUTGERS (Jan. 1) Temple’s first American Athletic Conference game will take place in Piscataway, N.J., on New Year’s Day. Former Philadelphia 76ers coach Eddie Jordan is in his first season at Rutgers, and he will look to exceed expectations as the Scarlet Knights were picked to finish last in the league by The American’s coaches. Myles Mack, is Rutgers’ leading returning scorer and he could give the Owls trouble.
VS. LA SALLE (Jan. 18) The Explorers may have lost Ramon Galloway after a Sweet 16 trip last year, but they still have plenty of guard power. Tyreek Duren – a preseason First Team AllConference player – Tyrone Garland, Sam Mills and transfer Khalid Lewis will anchor La Salle. If big men Steve Zack and Jerrell Wright can produce in the frontcourt, this Big5 match-up will be a tough test for the Owls at the Palestra.
AT UCONN (Jan. 21) Connecticut has what is perhaps the best guard duo in the country in Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright. The two combined for 32.5 points and 9.0 assists per game last season when the Huskies were ineligible for postseason play. DeAndre Daniels and Omar Calhoun also averaged double-digit points per game last year. Temple will need to play stellar perimeter defense to slow down UConn.
VS. LOUISVILLE (Feb. 13) The defending national champions are coming to the Liacouras Center. The unanimous favorite to win The American, Louisville will be led by Russ Smith – the preseason American player of the year – and Montrezl Harrell. The veteran Cardinals were hurt by the suspension of Chane Benahan, but they will still give the inexperienced Owls fits as they try to repeat as champion.
Sophomores are expected to receive significant minutes.
Will the small roster hurt the Owls?
Can Temple upset one of the conference leaders?
Only two freshmen are joining the team as the Owls are losing five players from last season, giving Temple the smallest roster in the conference. Going 10 deep will give several players a chance to prove themselves this season.
EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor When the Owls returned from their scrimmage against Penn State in State College, Pa. on Oct. 26, coach Fran Dunphy sneaked into his office to do some late-night work. As it turned out, he wasn’t the only one. “I had my blind down and I heard the ball bounce, and I pulled the curtain up and there’s Dan Dingle,” Dunphy said. “If you had said to me, ‘There’s going to be somebody in here tonight after the scrimmage getting up jump shots,’ I’d say it was Dan Dingle. Nobody’s going to work harder. Nobody knows the game as well. Nobody’s as good a human being or as good a teammate as him. Now he has to have the requisite poise out on the court to make the best decisions so he gets the most minutes.” Dingle is one of three sophomores on the team, along with Quenton DeCosey and Devontae Watson. The trio did not get much playing time last season, combining for 245 minutes, 75 points and 44 rebounds. That will change this year, since Temple lost five players to graduation after last season. “We learned a lot from [the graduates],” Watson said. “We’re going to take the things we learned from them and apply it. We’re going to try to pick it up from where we left off last year. I think we can do it.” Watson, a forward/center, received the least amount of playing time last season of the trio, collecting nine points and six rebounds in 12 minutes. He averaged 5.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the team’s trip to Europe in August. Watson said he and redshirt-junior forward Anthony Lee played at the same time for much of the trip, adding that “it went really well.” “I think the way it’s going to be is when we play a smaller team that doesn’t really have... two bigs, then they’ll play four guards,” Watson said. “Besides that, if the team has two bigs, we’ll play a lot together.” Watson said the main part of his game he needs to improve is his awareness. “Being aware of how much time is on the shot clock,” Watson said. “Being aware of exactly where my teammates are and when they’re going to shift. Just being aware of where I’m at when I have the ball.” Dingle played 38 minutes in 2012-13, scoring 13 points and
Last year, the Owls upset No. 3 Syracuse at Madison Square Garden in what turned out to be one of the biggest victories in recent memory. With games against defending champion Louisville, Connecticut and Memphis, Temple will have chances to take down some of the nation’s best.
(From left) Quenton DeCosey, Devontae Watson and Dan Dingle will have elevated roles this season, as the Owls are without five of their best players from last season. | ABI REIMOLD TTN grabbing seven rebounds. He averaged 8.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in Europe. The 6-foot-7-inch student-athlete said he will be playing a hybrid of both forward positions, similar to what Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson played last year. “[I’ll be] handling the ball a little bit,” Dingle said. “Doing all things, doing many things. I’m not going to be a guy who gives you 20 every night. I’ll probably be a guy who gives you 11, seven and five. I’ll just fill out that stats, and that’s what we need. We got Quenton, [Lee], and [junior guard] Will [Cummings] and [redshirt-senior guard Dalton Pepper]. They’ll probably take care of all of the scoring. I’m just doing the little things.” Dingle said he was “very chubby” last year and has worked to improve his body. He also said he wants to make more outside shots and better his postgame. “I’m going to be having mismatches,” Dingle said. “I know I can dribble the ball, handle the ball, so when I get a four on me or a five, I can blow
past them. If I get a two-on-one I don’t want to take all that energy to try to make a nice move when they’re probably three inches shorter than me and 20 pounds lighter than me. I’ll just have to go to the box.” Of the three sophomores, DeCosey has the most experience and the highest expectations for this season. He scored 53 points in 195 minutes last season and averaged 14 points a game on the Europe trip, leading the team. “He has to be either first- or second-leading scorer, I would think,” Dunphy said. “Maybe third ... Quenton will be expected to score. What I would really like to do is to say to Q, ‘You take that first or second scorer and you guard him and really do a great job.’ I think he has every component athletically that he needs. It’s just getting that discipline and the mindset to say, ‘I have to be a complete player.’ But he’s a really talented kid.” “Coach Dunphy told me I’ve got to pick up the scoring,” DeCosey said. “He told me that’s what I’ve got to do, just go out and score and look for
my teammates, get involved and play defense.” While Dunphy said his starting lineup is not yet set in stone, it’s probable that at least one and possibly two of the sophomores will be on the floor when the season tips off at University of Pennsylvania on Saturday. The trio said they’re ready to show their talents on the court. “Since last year, I wanted to always contribute as much as I could to the team besides just cheering my teammates on and being moral support for them,” Watson said. “I wanted to be actually on the court and go through the struggle of trying to get wins and trying to play the best you can and get on the floor with time running. I want to take on the challenge.” “I’ve been working hard and I feel like the opportunity finally presented itself,” Dingle said. “I’m just ready to show my skills, my talents, just showing that I can compete with the best.” Evan Cross can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @EvanCross.
How will the team adjust to the loss of five key players?
The Owls are losing several impact players from last season, including Khalif Wyatt and Scootie Randall. Will Cummings and Anthony Lee will be relied upon to fill the shoes Wyatt and Randall left behind. Dalton Pepper, the lone senior on the team, is set to receive increased playing time as well after averaging just 11.3 minutes per game last season.
Is the tournament streak in jeopardy?
Temple is one of only eight teams in the country to have made appearences in the last six straight NCAA tournaments. Last season, the Owls took down North Carolina State before falling to top-seeded Indiana. With an inexperienced roster and increased competition, the Owls will have little room for error if they want their tournament streak to continue.
Which of the underclassmen will have a breakout season?
With the short-list of athletes on this year’s roster, each of the underclassmen are expected to receive playing time. Josh Brown and Mark Williams will be called upon to adjust quickly, while Devontae Watson, Daniel Dingle and Quenton DeCosey will need to raise the bar from their freshman seasons.
Williams expected to play as freshman In first season, forward will face elite competition. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News Going into his senior year of high school, forward Mark Williams knew he had to make a change. It was a change that took him nearly 400 miles from his home state of Ohio, but improved his recruiting prospects. Williams transferred to Montrose Christian School in Maryland, the same school that produced NBA star Kevin Durant. A year later and an additional 140 miles north, the 6-foot-8-inch power forward now hones his shooting skills on the basketball court at McGonigle Hall under the watchful eye of coach Fran Dunphy. “It’s a jump,” Williams said. “It’s a great opportunity for me to come to Temple. Temple has a great tradition, so I am
blessed to be here.” Williams, who received a national ranking of 246 in the recruiting class of 2013 by 247Sports.com, committed to Temple in May after receiving offers from Kent State, Niagara and Vanderbilt. He joins Josh Brown as one of the only two freshmen on this year’s roster. “It was academics and then basketball,” Williams said. “Academic-wise, Temple is a great school. You can get your degree in whatever you want to get your degree in. Athletically, of course, you can’t go wrong. Socially, I am in a big city where I can meet people who go to Temple and meet people who are from Philly.” At Montrose, Williams averaged a team high 15.3 points and 11 rebounds and led the team to a 19-5 record. Along the way, he earned Second Team All-Met honors. Although Dunphy said he will have a better idea of the starting lineup a few days before the season opener, Williams is
expected contribute this season. “[Williams is] a very competitive guy, a very skilled guy,” Dunphy said. “He can make shots on the perimeter. I think he knows the game pretty well. He is going to have to give us a lot of really good minutes this year. But I think he has the requisite intelligence, toughness and skill level to help us.” “Mark, he’s a really tough guy,” senior Dalton Pepper said. “He can shoot. He’s like a stretch forward so he can rebound. He’s undersized a little bit, but he’s a tough kid so I think he’ll be alright and contribute right away.” The Owls lost five players to graduation last season after a run in the NCAA tournament, including forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson. As a forward, Williams said he knows what he will have to bring to the team every game. “Defense first, rebounding and then make open shots, but just to be a glue guy,” Williams said. “Do all the rebounding, the extra passes and just bringing
toughness.” With Temple’s move to the American Athletic Conference, Williams will have to improve all facets of his game in order to compete with the big-name schools the Owls will go up against this season. “We are going to play the defending champions and teams like Texas and Memphis,” Williams said. “I think it’s a tough transition for everybody, but for me it’s tougher because I am coming from high school to college, but we will get through it.” Junior guard Will Cummings, who Dunphy said is one of the team leaders, said he’s more than willing to support the freshmen. “College basketball is a hard game sometimes,” Cummings said. “Just keeping them mentally in the game so they don’t lose focus by the end of the game. Just making sure they go at their own pace and not really get sped up and kind of control the game. I will make sure they know when it is time to
score and all those little things.” Recently, Williams was able to get a taste of what college basketball was like by playing in a scrimmage against Penn State. “It was different.” Williams said. “You go from practice where you pretty much know everybody and what they are doing, but in scrimmage you know of guys but you don’t know them. So it was different, because every day we are beating up on each other but we finally got to beat up on another team.” With the season opener just around the corner, Williams said he’s excited to get his college basketball career started. “We just want to make a name for ourselves,” Williams said. “People have questions and we are willing to answer all of them. No talking, just to go out there and play.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @Dan_Nels.
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Burning Questions 1
Is the rebuilding project complete?
Last season’s 14-18 record was largely due to Temple being a team in transition. Of the 11 players on Temple’s 2012-13 roster, three were sophomores with minimal game experience and six were freshmen with no collegiate experience at all. Time will tell if Tonya Cardoza’s team will contend or if it still needs time to grow.
Can freshmen centers fill the hole left by Victoria Macaulay?
With the Owls’ Atlantic 10 Second Team center Victoria Macaulay having graduated, Temple has brought in Safiya Martin and Taylor Robinson to fill its vacancy in the post. Both freshmen stand at 6-foot-4-inches, matching Macaulay’s physical presence, but it has yet to be seen if either is equipped with the former star’s skillset.
How will Temple compare to the conference best?
Now that Temple is a member of the American Athletic Conference, it will face a number of the nation’s best teams. With the likes of national champion Connecticut and runner-up Louisville on their schedule, the Owls’ increased strength of schedule will serve as a litmus test for the their legitimacy.
Will the Owls pick up where they left off last season?
Despite their overall losing record, the Owls ended last season with a strong showing in the A-10 tournament, upsetting Xavier and Charlotte in the process. Consistency damaged Temple’s win total last season, but momentum from the Owls’ effort could help the team find success this season.
Who will break out as the Owls’ go-to player?
Last year’s leading scorer, Macaulay, took her 14-point average with her after graduation, and the Owls will need a new player to step in as the team’s top scoring option. Rateska Brown is the only returning player with a double-digit point average, but Tyonna Williams and Natasha Thames have also shown scoring ability.
Freshmen replace top scorer Games Two newcomers will replace last year’s standout center. BRIEN EDWARDS The Temple News In the 2012-13 season, the Owls’ leading point scorer, shot blocker and rebounder was senior center Victoria Macaulay. Now, Macaulay is playing basketball in Italy and two freshmen will step into some big shoes. “The two post players in that freshman class have to get better everyday in practice,” coach Tonya Cardoza said. “They have to contribute.” With the departure of Macaulay to graduation, Temple has managed to bring in two freshmen centers, Safiya Martin and Taylor Robinson, to play significant minutes for the Owls this year. “I wouldn’t say its pressure,” Martin said. “It’s more so a challenge to not just step up to the plate but see what I can do to not necessarily be in her shadow but make my own footmark in Temple women’s basketball. I see it more as a challenge to show people what I can do and what I am capable of doing.” Last season, Macaulay was the focal point of the Owls’ offense, recording a team-highs in points, scoring 14.1 per game, and rebounds, pulling down 9.4 per game. The Atlantic 10 Conference All Defensive Team member also registered 91 blocks last season, ranking fourth in program history for a single season. When Macaulay graduated, Safiya Martin is one of two freshmen centers on this year’s roster. Martin has big shoes to fill, as Temple’s biggest offseason ros- Temple is without last year’s center and leading scorer, Victoria Macaulay. | ABI REIMOLD TTN ter need became filling the void that the former Owls center Louis, where she played for creased role on the team. Cardoza added. “It all depends left behind. The void was filled Ladue Horton Watkins High “I know [Cardoza] expects on who our opponent is and how when Temple managed to sign School. Robinson was named a lot out of especially Taylor and they’re handling the situation in the 6-foot-4-inch duo of Martin the Suburban East Player of the I because we’re the only centers that particular game.” and Robinson. Year in her junior year and was as of now,” Martin said. “We’re Though she is reluctant to “It’s huge for us, but they also nominated to play in the creating our own role. She just name a front-runner out of the are freshmen,” Cardoza said. 2013 McDonald’s All-America wants us to work hard, come in two players, Cardoza said Mar“You’re talking about losing a game. everyday, basically get the job tin’s work ethic has shown in senior center who had been here Even though the freshmen done, don’t ever quit and just practice and she is worthy of infor four years. It’s going to be mirror Macaulay in height, Mar- give it your all.” dividual praise. hard for them to replace all that tin and Robinson differentiate With no full-time starter in “[Martin is] someone who she gave us her senior year.” themselves in their offensive place, Cardoza said Martin and hasn’t played basketball very Martin is a Sandy Creek style. Both freshmen centers Robinson’s opportunities will long but she’s picking things up High School product who earned lean on being a presence in hinge on opponents the Owls and she works really hard,” Carseveral accolades during her paint, favoring traditional post face this season. Depending on doza said. “She’s probably gotime playing in Georgia. During play. opposing lineups, Temple may ing to see some time really early, her senior year of high school, “The biggest difference be- not always have centers on the just because of her work ethic.” Martin was honored as a Class tween them is they’re back to floor, limiting game time opporThe expectations are temAAAA Honorable Mention All- the basketball players, where tunities. pered as the beginning of the State by the Georgia Sportswrit- Vic was more of a face up, put “Right now, it’s more so de- season draws near, but as the ers Association. the ball on the floor, which made pending on who we play against weeks progress, time will tell “I’m excited for the sea- it difficult to guard Vic,” Cardo- if we go big or we go small,” how vital Temple’s loss of its son,” Martin said. “Just ready za said. “These guys are bigger, Cardoza said. “I don’t see them veteran big will be and if its to see whatever comes. [I came stronger, but they both still need playing a lot together early on young acquisitions can produce to Temple for] the academics a lot of work.” because they’re both still re- in her place. for sure, the coaching staff, the As the season goes along, ally young and not really underteam made it seem like a family Martin and Robinson will have standing or grasping everything Brien Edwards can be reached setting. I love Philadelphia. It’s to make the most of their play- that’s being thrown at them.” at email@example.com or on Twitter @BErick1123. just something new.” ing time and make strong indi“They’ll both get to play, Robinson hails from St. vidual impressions for an in- but how much, I’m not sure yet,”
Roster heavy with underclassmen Freshman Feyonda Fitzgerald might start, Cardoza said. NICK TRICOME The Temple News The Owls had six freshmen on the roster last season and although five of them returned with experience for their sophomore year, coach Tonya Cardoza made one thing clear. “We are still very young,” Cardoza said. The 2013-14 squad adds three new freshmen to the roster, with two centers in Safiya Martin and Taylor Robinson and a guard in Feyonda Fitzgerald. With the attributes this year’s freshman class brings to the roster, it will be looked on to contribute right away. “It’s really important that our sophomores and our freshmen do well for us and get better every day in practice,” Cardoza said. “Especially our freshman
class, because our freshman class has two bigs in it. Right now, without the freshman class, we’re really small.” “[Fitzgerald] is probably going to start for us,” Cardoza added. “With [junior guard] Tyonna [Williams] out on the floor with her, it helps us a lot because she’s not out there by herself. She’s someone who can push the tempo for us or she can play defense. She can do a lot. She brings a lot but obviously she’s young, but we’re going to need her to grow up and not play like a freshman, but go out and play more like someone who can get the job done.” Responsibility extends to the sophomores as well, the guards in particular. Meghan Roxas and May Dayan each appeared in 30 games last year and working on their shot has been a priority during the offseason. “I worked on just being in better shape and shooting consistently so I can be more of a scorer at all times in the game,” Roxas said. “If I’m tired, I’m not
missing and airballing, I’m able to hit any open shot whenever the team needs me.” “Meg Roxas has definitely improved her shooting,” Cardoza said. “It felt like last year, she could get her shot off, but it was inconsistent. I think up to this point now, she [was] definitely more consistent than she was last year being able to come in and knock down shots, but also being able to defend on the other end as well. That was something she struggled with.” For Dayan, the work has been on getting shots off quicker and making sure she is taking shots. “Maya passed up a lot of open shots and she’s a really good shooter,” Cardoza said. Sophomore guard Erica Covile played in 16 games last season and averaged 4.6 points per game, but Cardoza expects a lot more of her this season, as she is likely to see a lot more playing time. “Erica is probably going to be the biggest one we expect
the most from in that sophomore class,” Cardoza said. “She sat out most of last year and the games that she played in, she didn’t play in a lot of minutes.” “This year we’re expecting her to be a starter and one of our better players,” Cardoza added. “We expect her to get on the backboards, get us eight to 10 points a game, but she’s definitely a player from that sophomore class that we’re expecting big things from.” Last season had its ups and downs, with Temple finishing 14-18 in the regular season, but managing to make its way to the Atlantic 10 Conference semifinals, where the Owls would end up losing to Fordham 66-55. But before that loss, Temple defeated Xavier 52-45 in the first round, then Charlotte 4847 in the quarter finals. It was in those games where it felt like things were starting to click. “Last year was a tough year because we didn’t do so well throughout the regular season and then the tournament came
and we all pulled together,” Roxas said. “We became a team. So now, we’re trying to take that momentum from those last few games and start off really well.” The team will be making the switch from the A-10 over to the American Athletic Conference. “We need to stick together,” Roxas said. “When things are going good, we’re always together, we’re working hard and we’re always communicating. But when things get tough, we need to learn to stick together and just be all on the same page.” “I definitely feel like this year we’re going to be a better team,” Dayan said. “Last year, the ending was good when we made it to the semifinal, but we didn’t have a good start to the season and this year I feel like we are going to be a much better team.” Nick Tricome can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @itssnick215.
AT LA SALLE (Nov. 8) If the Owls are to forget the 27-turnover, 71-55 rout they took from La Salle a year ago, they might as well do it with a win on their Big 5 rival’s home court at the Tom Gola Arena. La Salle’s five leading scorers are gone from an 8-21 squad last year, and is a team riddled with inexperience. In what will serve as the season opener for both the Owls and the Explorers, this one has “statement game” written all over it.
VS. MSU (Nov. 26) This non-conference tilt could turn ugly fast, or it could turn into an interesting contest at home against a national powerhouse. Michigan State debuted at No. 20 in the preseason AP Top-25 poll, and features three of its five starters from a season ago as well as an intriguing freshman guard in Tori Jankoska. Although Temple’s chances on paper are slim, anything can happen when the underdog holds the home court advantage.
VS. LOUISVILLE (Jan. 1) The national runnerup from last year will travel to Temple for a New Year’s Day matchup at McGonigle Hall. Most of Louisville’s core remains intact, as the Cardinals boast their own version of the Big Three in seniors Shoni Schimmel (14.3 points per game), Antonita Slaughter (10.1 PPG) and junior Sara Hammond (10.8 PPG), who all helped play a big role in Louisville’s run to the NCAA championship game last year.
AT CINCINNATI (Jan. 18) Tonya Cardoza and Jamelle Elliot coached alongside each other at Connecticut under Hall Of Famer Geno Auriemma and are known to be close friends. They’ll have to face each other as opponents on this day, however, as Cardoza’s Temple squad will face the Elliot-coached Bearcats in the first match-up of the two longtime friends. Cincinnati was picked in the Coaches Poll to finish seventh of the 10 teams in The American Athletic Conference.
VS. UConn (Jan. 28) 90-36. That’s how this matchup’s previous chapter concluded in the second round of the NCAA tournament in 2010, and it was about as ugly as the score indicates. The defending national-champion Huskies will bring four of its Top 5 scorers in 2013-14 and at No. 1 in the preseason AP ranking, they look primed to make another title run. Still, it’ll be interesting to see this contest with a packed house at McGonigle Hall.
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(From left) Freshman center Safiya Martin, junior guard Tyonna Williams and redshirt-senior forward Natasha Thames are preparing for new opponents. | ABI REIMOLD TTN
The Owls will face challenges against conference foes. ANDREW PARENT The Temple News
fter 32 seasons, Temple bid farewell to the Atlantic 10 Conference last March in a way no one expected it to: fighting for a spot in the A-10 title game. Although a 66-55 loss to Fordham halted the Owls’ semi-final run in the A-10 tournament a season ago, their unexpected performance as the No. 10 seed in the tournament helped supplement a 14-18 regular season record. In wake of a fairly impressive tournament run, and with plenty of youthful pieces in hand for the road ahead, the Owls certainly have reason to believe they can bounce back quickly in 2013-14. The catch? Temple joins an American Athletic Conference that showcases the NCAA champion and runner-up of 2012-13 in Connecticut and Louisville, respectively. Connecticut and Louisville are slotted at No. 1 and No. 5, respectively, in the preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll. Other conference tenants such as Southern Methodist, South Florida, Memphis and Rutgers will be challenges. Temple was ultimately pre-
dicted to finish ninth out of the 10 teams in the conference preseason rankings. Despite a relative down year last season, sixth-year coach Tonya Cardoza has overseen a team that was an A-10 power since former coach Dawn Staley took over the head coaching reigns in 2000. With the team entering an unfamiliar conference, Cardoza’s Owls have found themselves in a foreign position. “I definitely think [the conference move] will benefit us,” Cardoza said. “The competition every single night is going to be something completely different. The biggest difference is since I’ve been here, and probably the last 10 years, Temple in the A-10 was someone that was hunted. People wanted to take us down. Now we’re in a position where we’re trying to take down someone else. It’s definitely a position we’ve never been in, but it’s exciting because we don’t have a target on our back.” Taking on Connecticut and Louisville twice a year each is a daunting task, but one that the Owls say they’re mentally prepared for. “Of course UConn and Louisville, everyone’s talking about those two teams,” junior guard Tyonna Williams said. “But it’s exciting that we get to play the defending champions and the runner-ups. We’re excited and we’re not scared and we’re ready for them … we’re not scared at all.” Redshirt-senior forward Natasha Thames is the only player left of Temple’s 2009-10 group that ul-
Williams and junior guard Ratestimately exited the second round of the NCAA tournament, and kept the ka Brown will come back as Temmemory well in mind as she said she ple’s top two returning scorers from just wants the Owls to try to compete a year ago, with 10.8 and 9.4 points against the elite Husky and Cardinal per game, respectively. Having started only 12 of her 30 games played, teams. “For me, I’m the only player left Brown played a useful sixth-man role on the team who played them before,” and checked in as the Owls’ secondThames said. “We played them in the highest average scorer to Macauley. Brown may have to embrace that tournament my freshman year and role again in the comwe played horrible. I ing months, as Cardoza want us to do better. hinted in an interview I’m not going to say with The Temple News we’re going to win, that freshman guard but I want us to play Feyonda Fitzgerald, better and do well who averaged 22.6 and compete. I don’t PPG for Lake Taywant to think, ‘Oh lor High School, will they’re UConn, we likely start alongside can’t compete with Williams in the early them.’ So I think it’s going. just us competing “I’m kind of takwith them is what’s Tyonna Williams / junior guard ing [Fitzgerald] under really important.” my wing,” Williams After a year that saw many of Temple’s younger piec- said. “She’s going to be a big asset to es enjoy a fair amount of game action, our team this year. She’s a very fast albeit with some customary growing scoring point guard. I see her making pains, the Owls have options with ex- a lot of the same mistakes I made last year and I’m just trying to mentor her perience. Thames heads the returning and show her what coach [Cardoza] group, after finishing second on the expects.” Senior Shi-Heria Shipp, a team to 2013 graduate Victoria Macauley with eight rebounds per game George Washington transfer, could also contribute heavily at guard with a season ago. Two freshmen centers in Safiya size and scoring ability, posting caMartin and Taylor Robinson will each reer highs of 9.6 points per game and vie for a chance to fill Macauley’s old 5.2 rebounds per game with the Colospot in the low post, a potential posi- nials last season. Redshirt-sophomore tion battle that will be one to watch as guard Monaye Merritt is another opthe season progresses. tion at guard for Cardoza, as the Phil-
and we’re not scared and we’re ready for them... we’re not scared at all.
adelphia native is back with the team after sitting out all of last season with a torn ACL. On the defensive side, Cardoza and Thames both said team defense is a strength to this team, provided the Owls can adjust to several new rules put into effect by the NCAA that will stiffen rules on fouling in an attempt to emphasize cleaner, feet-first defense. “They want to speed up the game I guess,” Thames said. “They’re going to be a lot harder on calling fouls. They’re really looking for people to play defense with their feet and not their hands. There are 32 new rules so I guess it’ll be hard to adjust to it, but if we work at it hard in practice we can do it in a game.” The Owls will tip off the season Friday at Big 5 rival La Salle and will face Auburn for the home opener on Nov. 16. Conference play will kick off on the road at Memphis on Dec. 29. “I think what can make or break us this season is all about effort,” Williams said. “Talent-wise, it’s there. We have the talent to win 20 games this season. We have the talent to win the Big 5 championship. We have the talent to make the NCAA tournament, but it’s all about effort. We need everybody to bring their effort and contribute each and every day, night in and night out, each and every game.” Andrew Parent can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @daParent93.