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A Call to Act in the Public’s Interest President Theobald emphasizes Temple’s role in Philadelphia in his inaugural address.


“Here on the urban


frontier, we must reinvigorate the Conwell legacy in order to create success in our students, our city, our commonwealth and our nation.

resident Theobald delivered his official inaugural address as the 10th president of the university on Friday, Oct. 18, inside the old Baptist Temple, which was commissioned by Temple’s first president, Russell Conwell, more than 100 years ago. In his 33-minute speech, Theobald gave a broad description of his vision for Temple’s future commitment to education and continued role as “Philadelphia’s public university.” Theobald, dressed in ceremonial cherry and white robes and a velvet Tam cap with a large Neil Theobald/ president golden medallion of the Temple seal draped around his neck, spoke to the packed audience at Temple Performing Arts Center. The crowd seated behind him consisted of members of his cabinet, Temple Student Government, the Board of Trustees and state dignitaries. The bulk of the speech was spent laying out six commitments to be highlighted under his administration: students, teaching, the City of Philadelphia, research, the definition of the student President Theobald receives a standing ovation after his inaugural address at the Performing Arts Center on Friday. | YUXUAN JIA TTN body and entrepreneurship. Other than announcing a $50 million research funding project approved at the Board of Trustees public meeting on Oct. 8, Theobald didn’t formalize any new policy initiatives and didn’t mention Six-point plan reveals little new named president 14 months ago: affordability, question of how Temple can continue the Conwell several ongoing projects such as Visualize Temple research and – most recently – Temple’s role as legacy. information about agenda. and the state of the athletic department. Philadelphia’s public university. Theobald laid out six commitments to the Theobald did make the promise to fund urban Throughout his 33-minute address, Theobald university: focusing on students and their finanSEAN CARLIN initiatives in K-12 education and indigent health continually reflected on the legacy of Temple’s cial needs, working for faculty, engaging in the The Temple News care as part of his administration’s work with the founder and first president, Russell Conwell. He city, enhancing research, preserving a diverse stucity and commonwealth. The funding, Theobald President Neil Theobald stuck to his promise spoke of the history of the university’s founding dent population and advancing entrepreneurship said, would not come from student tuition. that there would be no surprises in his inaugural and the mission of Temple to create opportunities throughout the university. The first of Theobald’s six commitments was for working-class people in Philadelphia. “Temple should educate innovators across address. to students, who the president said need relief “Conwell’s great experiment – at its core, an SPEECH PAGE 3 Much of what the 10th from “suffocating student debt” that is restricting experiment in democracy – can succeed only if NEWS ANALYSIS president laid out on Friday in ONLINE – The Speech higher education to only the wealthiest Ameriwhat, in effect, is his vision for Temple University remains the place where the Watch portions of President Theobald’s inaugural address cans. The president alluded to “a landmark affordthe university, centered on the core principles he nation’s middle class has access to a quality, afdelivered inside the Temple Performing Arts Center at templehas reiterated at every opportunity since he was fordable education,” Theobald said. INAUGURATION PAGE 3 Much of what followed tried to answer the

No surprises in president’s address


University to review emergency response CSS and Dean of Students analyze events of Oct. 13. JOHN MORITZ News Editor

Gymnastics a coveted course

In response to the lockdown on Willington Street last weekend that temporarily prevented many students on the block access to their homes, the university is reviewing its action to what officials said was an unprecedented incident. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives, whose office oversees UniFemale freshman says attackers used her as versity Housing and Campus bait to steal cell phones from party-goers. Safety Services, said the uniThree teenagers, two who versity does not have an official JOHN MORITZ were aged 14 and one who was policy for providing emergency News Editor 15, were arrested late on the housing to displaced off-campus night of Friday, Oct. 18, after residents and it acted based on A violent flashmob by a the incident on the 1800 block of past experiences in resolving the team of juvenile woman sent North Gratz Street and charged incident. one student to the hospital and “It is not standard for stuwith robbery, theft, assault and ended in several phone thefts possession of stolen property, dents to request emergency in what police and a victim say Acting Executive Director of housing from the university,” was an attack on students at an Ives said in an email. “In the off-campus party. ATTACK PAGE 3

Temple offers a kinesiology course on gymnastics, taught by coach Aaron Murphy. PAGE 8 | MEAGHAN POGUE TTN

Student beaten in violent attack by local teenagers

past, most preferred to stay with friends or commute from home when possible.” As the standoff that left two blocks on Willington and Berks streets closed off extended into the evening, the university began to scramble to find temporary housing for displaced students. “We were aware of what was going on at Willington from around the time before the first alert came out,” Ives said. “I think we anticipated that it Darin Bartholomew, TSG would end quickly and safely. president. |TTN FILE PHOTO As we started moving into the Student government evening hours, we did discuss whether or not students were speaking with able to return to their homes.” officials on response. The university sent out three email alerts to students MARCUS MCCARTHY and faculty warning them of inThe Temple News creased police presence on the 1800 block of Willington Street, As officials scrambled to but did not mention alternate set up alternative housing for housing options to students who students during the Willington were not allowed access to their lockdown on Oct. 13, Student block. Body President Darin Bartholomew was looking for a RESPONSE PAGE 3

place to stay after being barred from entering his North Willington Street home. “I stayed until about 6 [p.m.], at that point I decided I needed something to eat,” Bartholomew said. “I was getting restless and I decided to leave and I was personally displaced.” Bartholomew said he wants to improve communication in the future so similar incidents don’t happen during emergency situations. Working with officials from CSS and university communications, Bartholomew is hoping to improve a response to situations like this through various avenues. “They’ve been very receptive,” Bartholomew said. “Temple always handles situations like this very well, but there’s always room to improve.” Starting at 9:20 a.m., Philadelphia police and firefighters along with Temple Police quickly blocked off the 1800 block of North Willington Street due


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Standoff sheds light on counseling services The number of students using counseling services has risen 8 percent. CINDY STANSBURY The Temple News The standoff between police and a suicidal student that led to a tense 17hour shutdown of two blocks off-campus last Sunday, Oct. 13, was the latest of a number of high profile gun-related suicidal incidents to occur at Temple in the past few years. Despite the incidents, suicide rates

at Temple remain lower than the national average, a statistic that officials credit to the growing use of Tuttleman Counseling Services. In Spring 2012, a male alumnus shot himself on Liacouras Walk on a busy Friday night, leaving a harrowing scene on Temple’s main pedestrian walkway. In November of that year, a female student shot herself in her car, parked in the Liacouras Parking Garage.  According to a 2002 study by the American College Health Association, seven out of 100,000 students commit suicide annually. Another report by researchers at the University of Texas

found that 18 percent of college students have seriously considered suicide. “Just do the math on that,” said Director of Tuttleman Counseling Services John DiMino. “With a school of 40,000 students, about two to three or more [students] are expected per year, just based on statistics.” DiMino said within the past year, the amount students using Tuttleman Counseling Services has risen about 8 percent, beating last year’s previous record.  “If the number of students who come in here is any indication, we’re doing a good job,” he said. “People

want these kinds of services.” DiMino said at the start of the year that the university has allocated additional funds to the center, allowing them to take on new staff and accommodate more students. Sophomore neuroscience major Merriam Azim said recent tragedies on campus may stem from the social stigma associated with mental illness. “I have a bunch of friends that are going to therapy at Tuttleman, and they’re saying it’s really helping them out,” Azim said. “The thing is getting people not to be embarrassed about it and get help.” DiMino said students should re-

member that depression and anxiety are treatable diseases, and it’s important to get involved with treatment both through counseling services offered by the university as well as the help of friends and family. “I think some people are better able to let their loved ones know that they’re in trouble, and some people aren’t, and that’s sad because you know there are resources here to help them,” DiMino said. Janeni Nayagan, a sophomore biology major, said Temple’s counseling services must be advertised better to


Programmers write code to detect terror

Sunstone software calculates terrorism risks. If Sunstone is given qualities of a building, it can calculate the distance of the build New software developed ing and the targets around it to by a current student and Temple determine possible risks of the alumnus aims to be able to cal- area. Sunstone has examined culate potential risks of terrorist more than 60 different terrorist attacks. attacks, such as nuclear bombNan Li, a Ph.D. student ing and biochemical attacks. and Fei Meng, a 2005 graduate, Each of these attacks has spebegan developing the software, cial propercalled Sunstone, ties that can along with consultbe brought ing company Towers together Watson in March. to obtain a They have recently large matrix. finished the first verEach entry sion. of the maMeng is currenttrix gives the ly employed with the probability company and Li is of a terrorist an intern. The proattack in that grammers said their location. idea is the first softLi and The remains of a bird lay plastered to the pavement outside the Student Center. Officals from the school and Audubon Society ware of its kind to Nan Li / Ph.D. student Meng said estimate more than 1,000 have birds have died on campus this year, mostly from building collisions. | ABI REIMOLD TTN specifically focus on their product terrorism. If this software takes off as well as it is predicted to, it has already received positive recould change the outlook of in- views and looks to have a promsurance and security companies, ising future. The researchers said there is a line of potential Li and Meng said. Officials estimate more than 1,000 birds have died on campus this year. Li and Meng said they were clients asking about the product. The researchers said their “We started asking people at the Philadelphia Zoo and The throated sparrow can be found able to use their computer sci- goal is to market Sunstone beSARAI FLORES ence backgrounds to develop for information about where Academy of Natural Sciences, on Main Campus each year. yond insurance companies to The Temple News The dead birds can be seen their product for insurance public security offices. Towers they knew in downtown Philly Russell was able to pinpoint companies. Insurance compahe Audubon Penn- that there were birds colliding places on campus where deaths throughout campus and to many nies use this software in order Watson is an international comsylvania Society and with buildings,” said Keith Rus- seem occur the most. The TECH students the problem is hard to to evaluate their potential risks. pany and its international offices have connections with public Temple’s grounds sell, the bird census and science Center, Beury Hall, Alter Hall, ignore. “I wish there was a way to This can help the companies security offices. Li hopes this department estimate and outreach coordinator for Ritter Hall and the passageway save money and change their will give Sunstone a chance to more than 1,000 birds have the Audubon Society. “The one connecting Paley Library and stop it or at least reduce it, be- business strategies. died on Main Campus in 2013, place that we kept hearing about Tuttleman Learning Center are cause not only does it damage Sunstone works by taking a expand. If Sunstone does well, the mostly after flying into build- more than any other place was where the team found the largest the bird population, but it’s also building or a location and preareas of concern for bird safety. a public health issue,” senior company will profit from it, ings. The university has spent Temple.” Russell has been working According to the National political science major Charles dicting the potential risks of the and Li and Meng will receive years trying to figure out how to with the Audubon Pennsylvania Audubon Society, there are an Lindrooth said. “Rotting animal building being attacked. Com- more resources to expand the stop it. panies can also give Sunstone a After a study in 2008, of- Society since 2003 and initially estimated 100 million to 1 bil- carcasses breed all kinds of fun scenario and it can tell you how software. They said they want to continue expanding Sunstone ficials from The Philadelphia began working with Temple in lion bird deaths per year due diseases that you don’t really much loss it will incur. Zoo, The Academy of Natu- 2009 to begin monitoring the to window collisions in North want.” “We can both cope and and make it easier to use. Todor Raykov, a graduate America alone. Approximately ral Sciences and The Audubon bird deaths on campus. Together with Glenn Eck, 85 different species are killed in innovation management major, make software,” Li said. “Our Caitlin Kaczynski can be Pennsylvania Society discovgroup in this business is about ered the university was one of the superintendent of Temple’s Philadelphia and many of those said he noticed the bird deaths risk management, especially for reached at caitlin.kaczynski@temple. edu. the central locations for bird grounds crew, Valerie Peckham, species, like the common yel- mainly around Alter Hall and, the catastrophe model, a cataslowthroat, oven bird and whiteconservation program manager deaths in Philadelphia. BIRDS PAGE 6 trophe like Hurricane Sandy.”


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this business is about risk management, especially for the catastrophe model.

On-campus bird deaths continue


University to demolish buildings along Broad Vacant properties on the 1500 block of North Broad Street to be demolished. JOE GILBRIDE The Temple News The university has plans to demolish homes and buildings in several locations on the west side of campus across Broad Street, officials announced at the fall public meeting of the Board of Trustees. The board unanimously approved the demolition of four vacant properties on the 1500 block of North

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Broad Street at a cost of $800,000. Among the vacant properties is the former Temple Garden restaurant and the Gateway appliance store. James Creedon, senior vice president of construction, facilities and operations, said Zavelle bookstore, which sits between the properties and is not owned by the university, will not be demolished. According to public information from the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment, Temple purchased the one-story masonry structure at 1518 N. Broad St. that houses Gateway appliance store for $837,500 in 2009. The four-story row houses at 1524 and 1526 N. Broad St. were purchased for $837,500 each in 2009. 1522 N. Broad

St. was purchased for $1 in 2009. The total tax-assessment value for the homes is $1,492,400. Creedon said the properties have structural issues which makes demolition the safest option. “At this point they could be broken into, or worse,” Creedon said, adding that demolition is expected to begin in the spring. Temple plans to demolish another series of vacant properties on the corner of Broad and Norris streets. According to the Property Assessment office records, Temple owns all but two of the properties on the block. The eight residential homes were pur- The properties to the left and right of Zavelle bookstore are set to be demolished in the spring. | DANIELLE HAGERTY TTN DEMOLISH PAGE 3






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the university so that our future alumni remain flexible and productive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing world,” Theobald said. “I believe the success of our entrepreneurial alumni will have an impact on their lives and on their towns and schools, their neighborhoods and families. The entrepreneurial spirit of our alumni will, to borrow a phrase from Thomas Jefferson, ‘advance the happiness of mankind.’” While he offered few specifics in his speech, his six commitments – as he put it in a follow up email – are what the university seeks to address, rather than the avenues to achieve those ends. Theobald’s address did focus on the paramount question Temple is facing at the moment: How can the university maintain the Conwell legacy, while continuing to strengthen its national profile and grow its physical footprint in North Philadelphia? “Here on the urban frontier, we must reinvigorate the Conwell legacy in order to create success in our students, our city, our commonwealth and our na-

tion,” he said prior to addressing his commitments to the university. The fundamental challenge – and near contradiction – of this statement is what will define Theobald’s tenure as president. Theobald expressed the university’s obligation to the Conwell legacy through his emphasis on affordability, diversity and Temple’s responsibility to the city. The affordability aspect is something that is a principal facet of Theobald’s tenure thus far. “Simply put, the most important problem facing higher education in America today is the level and distribution of student loan debt,” he said. “If we don’t immediately attack debt levels, they will seriously limit the capacity of the next generation to establish its independence. “If we are to remain a university that reaches out to the middle class, the poor, the immigrant populations, we must remain affordable, and we must do all we can to help students manage their debt,” Theobald

added. Throughout the past year, the university has introduced financial literacy courses, new student scholarships and a soonto-be-announced affordability pact, which Theobald alluded to in his speech. These initiatives show the administration’s commitment to keeping costs down, which keeps the university accessible for students in the city. In defining Temple as Philadelphia’s public university, he incorporated research and helping the city find solutions to its fiscal crisis. “In tomorrow’s urbanized, diverse, resource-challenged environment, Temple’s status as Philadelphia’s public university requires it to play an even more important role in the city’s economy through its research,” Theobald said. “As a national research university, Temple must build its capacity to conduct pioneering research.” While these all relate back to Temple’s core mission, the university has also seen a period of enormous growth on Main Campus. Students are moving further into the community, rumors have swirled of an on-

INAUGURATION PAGE 1 campus football stadium and the newly-minted Morgan Hall stands as a modern castle in North Philadelphia. Though Morgan Hall is a landmark on North Broad Street, one of its goals is to bring students in from the community, which keeps those students from getting to know residents in as they would if they lived beside them. In contrast to the Conwell legacy, marketing for the university has reached far beyond the region and construction has become a constant on Main Campus. Patrick O’Connor, chairman of the Board of Trustees, described Theobald at the investiture ceremony as, “clearly the right man, at the right place and at the right time for this great university.” If Theobald can successfully balance Temple’s growth with the Conwell legacy over the course of his presidency, then O’Connor’s assessment will be accurate. Sean Carlin can be reached at or follow on Twitter @SeanCarlin84.

ability pact” that would provide incentives to undergraduates to complete their degrees in four years and more investments in advising. The president’s second commitment was to “excellence in teaching.” He said the the newly formed residential environment around Main Campus was “making a positive impact on how students and faculty interact.” For his third commitment – to the City of Philadelphia – the president spoke broadly about alumni contributions to the city’s economy. He didn’t mention improving relations between the university and surrounding neighborhoods, a sore subject for many of the community’s local residents. Theobald’s fourth commitment rested on research initiatives that would have real-world impact for consumers. Theobald announced that to fund such research, the board will allocate $50 million during a five-year span to the areas of urban ecology, sustainability, genetics, cancer research, bioengineering and bio-materials, among others.

Theobald stressed the need for a clear definition of Temple’s student body in his fifth commitment, declaring Temple to be a diverse and international university. In his final commitment, Theobald called for innovation and entrepreneurship across the university. The president cited specific needs such as digital networking, in which he said all students must become proficient. “Our students must learn to adapt to constant change and find success in fields that have not even been created yet,” Theobald said. In his conclusion, Theobald spoke of how an anonymous donation from several benefactors allowed him to be the first in his Midwestern family to attend college. He connected his own story with Temple’s founding purpose of providing education to those in need. Theobald ended his speech to a standing ovation from the crowd. John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.


Students say officials failed to communicate in standoff “I think in our after action we will be looking at other ways to communicate with students,” Ives said. “I don’t know whether or not the best way of doing so is to send out advisories or emails or text messages to all the people signed up, because there were thousands and thousands of people who were not affected.” The alerts themselves were administered by Campus Safety Services. Charlie Leone, the acting executive director of CSS, said alerts were sent out to make students aware of the situation, but info was left out to prevent the situation from escalating. “We were concerned with putting out too much info because we didn’t know what [the suspect] had access to,” Leone said. Several students reached out to the university and The Temple News through social media expressing their problems with finding housing. Andrew Crerand, a junior management information systems major who was stuck in his home throughout the day Sunday, reached out to The Temple News through Twitter after he said he received no updates from police or the university, and was forced to follow the situation online and by listening


to negotiators speaking through a megaphone. “Being at Temple you become sympathetic towards these kinds of things,” Crerand said. “But it’s sobering to hear them try to talk to this kid.” Darwin Paz, a senior strategic communications major and resident across the street from the scene said he was unaware of the ability of Temple to provide emergency housing until after he had made arrangements for lodging that night. “I appreciate the police getting us out of the situation,” Paz said, “but it would have been nice if more than just the TU alerts were sent out.” Four students who reached out to the Dean of Student’s Office directly were provided temporary housing in Conwell Inn at the university’s expense. Several other students who reached out to Temple police officers on the scene left before officers could gather their full information in order to provide housing assistance, Ives said. Closer to midnight, emergency sheltering was set up in the Student Centers, where any students who were displaced could show up and be provided blankets and sleep on the couches in the lobby. Ives said two students showed up, only to decide to

take up shelter elsewhere. Ives said the Willington lockdown was the largest displacement of students that her office has worked with, though they have offered emergency housing in the past. In 2010, Ives said eight students forced out of their house due to a fire were offered temporary housing in residence halls, though they ultimately declined, choosing instead to stay with friends. The university also has agreed upon rates with several Center City hotels to house students in emergency cases. In addition to reviewing its emergency housing action, Ives said the university has been involved this semester with gathering data from students living off-campus about where they live to aid in reaching out to those students in such emergencies. Upon logging into their TU portal accounts this semester, students will be asked one time to update their permanent and residential addresses. Ives said her office has received no complaints from students or their families in regards to last weekend’s incident. John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU. Marcus McCarthy contributed reporting.

Derek Peterson (left) and Jennifer Iacobini sit on the corner during the Willington standoff. TSG has called on the school to review its emergency response. | ABI REIMOLD TTN

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negotiations with an armed student officials described as “suicidal.” The residents on this block were given two options: stay in their apartment, or leave in which case some wouldn’t be allowed back until the standoff ended. The situation went into the night with no resolution and displaced students had to look into alternative places to sleep that night. Temple officials were contacted by four of these students, who were eventually put up for the night in the Conwell Inn. Students were offered space to stay at the Student Center, but no one took up that offer.

Three juveniles charged after student says she was dragged by hair, punched and kicked in flash mob ATTACK PAGE 1 rector of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Due to the suspects ages, their names were not released. Leone said that police believed there to be between six and seven suspects in the case, all young women. Additionally, Leone said other groups of juveniles could have been involved. A freshman student, who asked that The Temple News not release her name because she does not know her attackers’ identities, said she was outside a party she was attending on the 1800 block of North Gratz Street when she was dragged by her hair into the street where she said she was punched, beat-

en and scratched by 10 or more girls for about five minutes, in which time she said her phone was also taken. Earlier in the night, the student said, she was dancing in the basement when someone bumped into her and she spilled her drink, though it did not lead to conflict at the time. Around 20 minutes later she was outside helping a friend try to find a lost phone when she found herself being dragged by attackers whose faces she said she could not see. “I kept asking what I did, what was happening and why,” she said. When two of her friends

saw the commotion from the party, she said they ran into the scrum to drag her out, and in the process also got their phones stolen. “I was used as a distraction for phones to be stolen,” the student said, adding that one of her friend’s phone was grabbed while trying to call 911. The student said she was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital where she was treated for bruises and later spoke to Philadelphia police where she answered questions till 4:30 a.m. Saturday. Leone said this is the first incident between a large group of juveniles and students that

Bartholomew lives two doors down from where the incident took place and was one of the four students who found housing that night in the Conwell Inn at the university’s expense. He said he contacted Dean of Students Stephanie Ives because he had heard through word of mouth that was what others were doing. Two email alerts were sent out by the university regarding the standoff on Sunday, Oct. 13. The first was at 10 a.m. and the second around 7 p.m. Bartholomew said he would like to see a better way for students to stay updated on

the current situation from authorities. He also would like to find a way to inform students on what the procedure is in various emergency situations. However, the talks for an improved system are ongoing. Bartholomew said he will be announcing what is decided in upcoming TSG General Assembly meetings. He encourages student input in the open forum section of these meetings on Mondays at 4 p.m. in Room 200C of the student center. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@ or on Twitter @Marcus. McCarthy6.

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CSS has dealt with in his time. He said that CSS will be working to enforce city curfew hours for juveniles around campus. “That’s a little troubling having these kids wandering around with these parties,” he said. The student victim said she has learned from the incident, which she described as a case of being in the “wrong place, wrong time.” John Moritz can be reached at or on Twitter @JCMoritzTU.

chased by Temple between 1968 and 2001. Six were purchased for $1, the remaining two were purchased for a total of $55,600. The market value for the properties in 2014 is $761,900. “We want to clean up the area by planting grass and providing more green space,” Creedon said. “It will make it look better.” Creedon said Temple plans to demolish the former MAB Paints store on Broad and Diamond streets as well. There was no stated timetable for demolition of the store. According to Property Assessment, the property valued at $306,200 was purchased along with several

other similarly-valued properties for $1.8 million by Temple in 2010, Associate Vice President of Buisness Services Richard Rumer said. Rumer said all properties purchased by the university are appraised by an independant source and actual values are often higher than market values determined for tax purposes. Temple has no plans for construction at any of the sites, Creedon said. After demolition, Creedon said the university will plant grass and keep each of the sites clean. Joseph Gilbride can be reached at




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Off-campus stadium would be a local burden When the football team for $61.6 million. The newest beat Army 33-14 for its first win stadium in The American, UCoof the year at Lincoln Financial nn’s Rentschler Field, has a caField on Saturday, Oct. 19, it pacity of 40,000 people and was did so before a Homecoming built in 2003 for $91.2 million audience of 25,533, the second- – $116 million when adjusted largest drawing of the season. for inflation. Still, the sea of cherry left vast While the Liacouras Censections of the ter’s success stadium’s lower has proven that Temple should tread lightly a sustainable bowl empty, a common sight if it plans to build a football market exists stadium off campus. at the majority for a sporting of home games. and concert While posting the second- arena in North Philadelphia, it lowest average football atten- is unclear whether the area can dance in the American Athletic financially support a second, Conference while playing in larger stadium. According to a stadium built for NFL-sized the trade publication Venues crowds, new rumors of con- Today, the Liacouras Center’s structing a stadium near Main 16 concerts grossed $3 million Campus have gained traction and brought in 64,941 fans in under President Theobald’s ad- 2012. An outdoor football arena ministration. in North Philly would be only In an interview with the be able to host a summer conDaily News published on Oct. cert series, at best, before the 12, Theobald said the university weather become would make it would have to begin develop- inhospitable. ment soon to finish the project Theobald told the Daily by a theoretical 2019 deadline, News that any potential stadium when the university’s current would be more than just a footcontract with the Linc – which ball field, saying it would likely mandates that Temple pay $1.5 include classrooms as well as million per year – ends. commercial property and space While the prospect of such for community development. a landmark building brings stu- While it’s noble that the presidents exciting visions of foot- dent has community interests in ball Saturdays on Main Campus mind, he must realize that even filled with pep-rallies, tailgates by reaching out, local residents and short walks to the game, and political figures are not the reality is that a new stadium likely to be receptive to having would bring much darker condi- a football complex so close to tions to the already tense state their homes. City Council President of relations between the community, the university and its Darrell Clarke, whose Fifth District includes Main Campus students. First, the question must be and the surrounding blocks west raised about where such a sta- of campus, has petitioned to bar dium would be built. Available students from renting property land around Temple is scarce. around campus in the past and Theobald has stated previously has been vocal in his opposition that the new athletics projects to further expansion by the uni– including a new stadium – versity. Theobald has stressed the would be built west of campus. If a stadium were to be built importance of using Temple’s there, construction would most power and influence to help likely interfere with the local solve problems in Temple’s surrounding community. However, community. At the moment, it is also building any sort of stadium unclear where tens of thousands within or near the confines of of fans will park. The Liacouras Main Campus solves only a Garage has 1,200 spots, a frac- singular problem for the unition of what will be needed on versity. Theobald cannot claim game days. Moreover, tailgating to have the best interests of the is central to the collegiate foot- North Philadelphia community ball experience and is typically in mind while simultaneously done in wide-open lots, not campaigning to for a project that will be such a burden for multi-level garages. Third is the question of area residents. While it will likely be met cost. Assuming the university builds something with a capac- with fanfare by students and ity close to 30,000 seats, as alumni, any attempt to build other colleges with programs of such a stadium will most likely Temple’s size have done recent- result in bitter debates between ly, the cost would be in the tens the university and the commuof millions of dollars. In 2009, nity, debates that could spread the University of Akron, which to both City Council and the plays in Temple’s former Mid- courts, leaving an unnecessary American Conference, built the black spot on the university’s 30,000-seat InfoCision Stadium reputation.

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Oct. 24, 1967: Two Temple students clubbed while protesting the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C. More than 100,000 people protested the war, surrounding the Pentagon on Oct. 21, 1967.

More production, textbook reduction Journalism education should focus heavily on student clips.


ince Temple’s journalism program was recently up for re-accreditation, now is a good time to examine its strengths and weaknesses. The School of Media and Communication has a new dean, David Boardman. D u r i n g his tenure as executive editor, The Seattle Times won Joe Brandt four Pulitzer prizes. This is a guy that knows what to do and how to do it. What needs to happen now is transferring that ability to the students as best as possible. In the new age of journalism, there is no such thing as a one-trick pony. Journalists who are able to produce media in multiple forms have the best chance to succeed. One-dimensional writers must get on camera or speak into a microphone at some point in their college career, and broadcast and radiofocused students have to give print journalism a try.

At Temple, for example, journalism students are required to take Audio/Visual Newsgathering and the senior capstone course Philadelphia Neighborhoods, a semester-long class where students produce news pieces for a student-run website. Also required is Writing for Journalism, a prerequisite for most courses within the major. However, there are the only two required journalism courses that are marked as “writing intensive.” This semester, there are four total journalism courses marked as writing intensive, and the two that are not required are only offered once next semester. Students are required to take 18 credits of 2000 level electives or higher, like History of Journalism and Journalism and Mass Communication History in addition to production courses in photography, radio and television. However, there simply isn’t much as far as practice-heavy classes go, and the few options can easily be overlooked. Sixty-six percent of journalism graduates in 2012 got a job within six to eight months of graduation, according to a University of Georgia report released this year. Granted, it was 62 percent in 2011 and 56 percent in 2009, but 34 percent are still without jobs for at least

half a year. Perhaps these discontented graduates could use some advice. The post-college trouble comes when a student realizes maybe they haven’t written enough or haven’t produced enough of a portfolio to pique a potential employer’s interest. Why not make that student produce a portfolio? Philadelphia Neighborhoods is a fantastic start, but it might not be enough. There are other production classes offered as electives, but only a few are required. What might work as a supplement to these classes is a minimum clip requirement for journalism students to be met before graduation. A requirement of 30 pieces, be they published or not, only amounts to about four articles, videos or radio broadcasts a semester. This is not to perpetuate the idea that college is merely job training. Universities are here to teach students how to think. Regardless, many students come to college with a job in mind and seek the means to obtain it. “A master’s degree in journalism might guarantee you a good teaching job, but in the world of journalism [it] does little if you don’t have any stories in your portfolio,” Philadelphiabased journalist Thom Nickels wrote for the Huffington Post in

July 2013. “Taking a broad view of both where media is headed in the future in terms of constantly changing technological innovation and of changing trends in terms of media production, I don’t think it could hurt to put a stronger emphasis on the production aspect,” Carrie Teresa, an instructor in the School of Media and Communication, said. Teresa also said, however, that increased production requirements may not be essential for students interested in media from a cultural studies perspective, as she is. For the most part, though, students should have a significant production background. “There are certainly ways to implement production in ways that enhance the traditional classroom experience, and vice versa,” Teresa said. “I think the key would be hiring faculty that would be able to take on that task in a truly effective way.” Temple is a great place for journalism, but it could be even greater. A good start would be mandating more productionbased classes. Joe Brandt can be reached at




Can’t trust conduct policy Don’t forget sex victims Temple’s Student Conduct Code is written and enforced inconsistently.


t 1-6, our football team hasn’t lived up to this year’s expectations. But you have to give new coach Matt Rhule a bit of a leash, considering it’s his first year. And for a lot of students, going out every Saturday to cheer on the Owls at Lincoln Financial Field provides a sense of school pride and unity. Off the field, our athletic teams, in theory, should exemplify teamwork and accountability from players and Daniel Craig coaches. This is what makes the coinciding cases of Kamal Johnson and Praise MartinOguike especially baffling in terms of how they were handled. One student-athlete, Martin-Oguike, was expelled from the university last year after charges of rape were brought against him. Those charges were dropped earlier this month. However, he’s still not allowed to return to school, and even if he were, he would have to pass through a complicated reentry process to rejoin the team. The other, Kamal Johnson, was suspended last season, but his case was cleared during Temple’s student conduct hearing process when charges of assault and kidnapping, among others, were brought against him. The kidnapping charge was dropped, but Johnson pled guilty earlier this month on two accounts of disorderly conduct and one of harassment. He is currently a member of the team and even played for the Owls earlier this season with pending charges. The fact that the university could allow a guilty man to remain with the team and boot another before his trial even began is baffling. That’s because the two scenarios make it unclear what is acceptable in the eyes of the university. Student-athletes represent Temple in a way that is supposed to display consistency. When inconsistencies are this obvious, something needs to change. The university’s Student Conduct Code is used to deal with these types of issues. Yet what kind of code gives us the

results we have now? The sanctions in the Policies and Procedures Manual are too vague to tell. The manual reads, “Any member of the university community who engages in sexual harassment or other conduct in violation of this policy is subject to the full range of disciplinary action, up to and including separation from the university.” So essentially, the university can punish students in any way it sees fit. But even if the manual were specific, it would be hard to trust it, considering it contains the following disclaimer: “The policies and procedures and any other information contained within the online Temple University Policies and Procedures Manual are announcements and are presented for informational purposes only. They in no way serve as a contract between Temple University and any prospective or cur-

rent student o r employee or any other person.” It’s hard to trust the credibility of the Student Conduct Code, not only because of its vague language, but also because of how it’s been used in practice. Instead, issues shouldn’t be dealt with by universities before they’re handled legally. A consistent approach has to be taken, which leaves only two options. Universities could take a page from our legal system, assuming innocence until proven guilty. Charges of assault, harassment and the incredibly disheartening case of rape could be seen just as that: charges. Jumping to conclusions can be dangerous, and the university could hold out until the courts decide on a student’s innocence. Or, any felony charges could call for immediate suspension or dismissal. No student-athlete accused of any felony could travel with the team or take part in any team activities, let alone one who is found

guilty. These solutions might just be common sense, but the trail of contradictions is fresh. It would be naive to think athletes will stop getting in trouble with the law in the near future. Martin-Oguike, who now attends community college in New Jersey to pursue a pre-med degree, told The Temple News last week that he didn’t have a problem with what the university did in his case. Well, he should, because in the eyes of the law, it was the wrong decision.

Praise MartinOguike’s story is an outlier in sexual assault cases.


n the words of G.O.B. Bluth, many people may feel that Temple has “made a huge mistake.” Praise Martin-Oguike, a former Temple student and football player, was suspended from the team due to allegations of rape in May 2012. Martin-Oguike was subsequently expelled when a student conduct hearing found


enough evidence to kick Martin-Oguike out of school for good. On Oct. 7, Martin-Oguike went to trial. An examination of cellphone records suggested the victim in question had ulterior Daniel Craig can be reached at motives and accused Oguike of rape when he did not give her what she wanted. Martin-Oguike’s lawyer, James Funt, said she desired a romantic relationship.

In one case, guilt was wrongly assumed, and in the other, a student remains an Owl despite pleading guilty. I certainly have a problem with it.

If Funt’s assertions are true, what happened to MartinOguike can only be considered an injustice. But it’s also extremely rare. While I hope Martin-Oguike’s situation is resolved correctly, his case has me worried for other reasons. A Temple student who wished to remain anonymous said the case is an example of “the culture of how accused sex offenders are guilty until proven innocent,” a common reaction to Martin-Oguike’s circumstances. But I disagree. While high-profile rape cases such as the Duke lacrosse team and the Anita Brown case tend to favor the victim, and sometimes wrongly so, this is hardly the norm among cases with lower notoriety. It’s easy to see MartinOguike’s outcome as the “culture,” because the real culture is silence. According to statistics compiled by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, only 46 percent of rapes are reported to the police. Just 12 percent lead to an arrest, 9 percent are prosecuted, 5 percent lead to a felony and a mere 3 percent of accused offenders spend even a day in jail.

There have been four reported cases of sexual assault on campus in October alone, bringing this semester’s total to nine reported sex crimes. According to Temple’s 2013 Annual Crime and Safety Report, only one sex crime was reported on Main Campus in the entire 2012 calendar year. It is unfortunate that only high-profile case this semester casts the accuser in a negative light. According to the rape survival and coping website Project Unbreakable, females in our society are still told things like, “Maybe you shouldn’t drink so much,” and “You shouldn’t have been out.” It’s no surprise that there is still fear when it comes to reporting a rape to authorities. It becomes increasingly difficult for male victims to

speak up as well, when they face allegations such as, “How can a girl rape a boy?” and “Men can’t get raped.” The culture doesn’t unfairly persecute the accused; it unfairly shames victims into silence. This is especially dangerous on a college campus, because according to statistics compiled by RAINN, 80 percent of rapes occur when the victim is under age 30. Regardless of how MartinOguike’s situation pans out, Temple must remain vigilant in providing a safe atmosphere for student victims of assault to come forward. This is made possible in part by programs such as Temple’s Wellness Resource Center, which offers consultations with students Grace Holleran and provides resources and steps to move forward after sexual assault. Temple also has free counseling for students through Tuttleman Counseling Services. But it can’t stop there. Providing a safe atmosphere for victims and stopping assault falls, in part, on the shoulders of other Temple students. A simple way to achieve this is to listen to peers who have been assaulted without doubting or questioning them, and make sure your friends get home safely from parties. Some students are taking matters into their own hands on a larger scale. Former Temple student Fawn Kissel has tentative plans to start a volunteerbased, student-run bike escort program. The program would involve scanning the campus on weekends, providing water and helping people find their way home safely. “The way we as a society head this off is by education and prevention, by looking out for each other,” Kissel said. For now, students can call Temple Police if they feel wary walking home. But Kissel’s idea could be a more direct way to prevent crime, and it is an example of students taking initiative. Martin-Oguike’s case should be used as an opportunity to critically look at Temple’s student conduct hearing system, not as a way for the public to further silence assault victims. Fortunately, students are already making an effort to stop that from happening. Grace Holleran can be reached at or on Twitter @coupsdegrace.


Citizens still have power in government Making a serious change in government policy just takes time. By Sophie Smyth It’s absolutely possible to change the law. All it takes is a little tenacity. In the fall of 1983, I accepted the job offer of my dreams: a judicial clerkship on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. I told the judge I couldn’t wait to start. Clerkships offer a bird’s eye view of the judicial process and are as close you can get to being a judge unless you land on the bench, which at 24, I was unlikely to do for a long time, if ever. The offer was especially sweet because I was an unlikely candidate to receive it. Born and raised in Ireland, I studied law in Ireland and England, where

judges don’t have clerks. The idea of applying for a clerkship first hit me while I was studying American constitutional law at Oxford. I was fascinated by the cases on individual rights. When I heard that American judges hired freshly-minted law graduates as clerks to help them, I determined that was what I was going to do. Upon graduation, I came to the U.S., talked my way into an American law firm and applied for judicial clerkships from there. Eighteen months later, I had the judicial clerkship offer in hand. About five days afterward, the judge called again to check my citizenship. He’d been informed by the Administrative Office of the Courts that Irish citizens were not eligible to serve as federal judicial clerks. Perhaps, he suggested, I had dual citizenship? I hadn’t, and I was stunned. The judge gave me two weeks to try to sort things out.

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My first step was to find the offending rules. They were buried in an unlikely place: The U.S. Treasury and Postal Service Workers Act, which mandates the general principle that only U.S. citizens may be paid using federal funds. But there was a saving grace. The act contained a list of exceptions. Non-citizens of NATO countries and citizens of Israel, for example, were exempted. After all the Irish had done for the U.S., I thought, there is no reason why citizens of Ireland shouldn’t be exempted too. Confident he would agree, I wrote to then-Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill, pointing out what I said was an inadvertent discrimination against the Irish and asking him to secure an amendment adding “citizens of Ireland” to the list of those exempted. Off I went to Capitol Hill, letter in hand, expecting to meet Tip O’Neill and to put my

case to him in person. My heart sank when I got to his office and met not O’Neill, but a sturdily built, blonde administrative assistant with a square, AngloSaxon chin. The assistant was polite, but he fingered my letter delicately as though it were vaguely unclean. When he finally deigned to open it, he said it looked “more like a book than a letter.” I knew that as soon my back was turned, he would toss it. So I called the judge to tell him, and as a last-ditch thought I asked if he’d give me the job the following year if something changed. He said he would. Back at my job at a law firm, feeling dejected, I told my boss about my visit to Capitol Hill. He urged me to talk to one of the firm’s senior partners, Bill Geoghan, who was well-known for his connections on the Hill. Geoghan chuckled on hearing of my visit to the Hill. “Give me a copy of your


letter,” he said. “I’ll be seeing [O’Neill] and Ed Boland at the golf club tomorrow. I’ll bring it with me and give it to them.” I hadn’t a clue who Ed Boland was and I couldn’t quite picture some unknown man perusing my letter over a gin and tonic at some golf club. But I gave him my letter. I later learned that he was Congressman Ed Boland. Geoghan called me the following Monday. “[Boland] is going to see what he can do,” he said. “Sit tight.” I did. Five months later, I was summoned to Geoghan’s office. “Good news,” he said, “Boland’s office has just been on the phone. They’re going to amend the statute. ‘Citizens of the Republic of Ireland’ will be added to the list of exceptions.” I couldn’t believe my ears. Nor could the judge when I called to tell him the news. I’ll never forget going home from work that day. “This is a

great country,” I said to myself, “Americans are great people.” Now, many years later, the memory still makes me smile. And I make a point to tell students about it. Why? Because this is your country as well and my the story has important messages for you. First, persevere and be brave enough to ask for help, as it can come from unexpected places. Second, read statutes very carefully. Third, use whatever privileges and opportunities you end up with to help others out when you can. What goes around comes around. The world feels a warmer place that way. Sophie Smyth is an Associate Professor of Law at Temple University. She can be reached at




In The Nation

FEMALE JUMPED AT LINC A female student reported to police that she was jumped by three other female students while attending this weekend’s Homecoming football game against Army at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly. The student first reported the incident to Philadelphia police, Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. Temple police were made aware of the incident later in the day when the complainant went to officers complaining that her jaw was injured. Police took her to Temple University Hospital where she was treated, Leone said. Leone said the incident is believed to have stemmed from an argument over an ex-boyfriend. No arrests were made as of Monday night. - John Moritz

GRAMBLING STATE PLAYERS AGREE TO PLAY A boycott by members of the Grambling State football team is over after players met with their former coach and agreed to begin practicing. The players for the 0-8 FCS team refused to travel to a road game against Jackson State this past weekend after gripes involving two coaching changes this season, budget cuts, poor facilities and having to travel long distances by bus. The team’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, at home in Grambling, La., against Texas Southern University. - John Moritz


MEMORIAL UNVEILED FOR FALLEN MIT OFFICER The Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a memorial for fallen officer Sean Collier, who was shot in an incident shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year. The small memorial was revealed on the six-month anniversary of Collier’s death last Friday. Collier, a longtime New England resident, was killed in a confrontation between himself and the alleged bombers during the days-long manhunt in April. - Ali Watkins


COLLEGE LOAN PAYMENT PROCESS LADEN WITH HITCHES A new report form the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says recent college grads and student loan borrowers have difficulty paying back their student loans due to processing glitches. The processing issues can hurt students’ credit scores and lump on higher costs, the report says. It’s a glitch in an industry that currently holds about $165 billion in student loans, with those numbers expected to rise with the cost of college.

Images of an alleged sexual assault from earlier this month went viral on Twitter and other social media sites after students at Ohio University snapped photos of a man performing oral sex on a woman in public. The students who shared the photo say they thought the sex was consensual when they took the photos, which officers are now using to investigate a rape allegation. - Ali Watkins

Twenty separate alcohol violations were handed down during the university’s Homecoming weekend between Oct. 17 and 20, acccording to Campus Safety Services’ crime reports. Sixteen of the citations were for underage INDECENT ASSAULT IN MORGAN HALL consumption and four were for public drunkeness. Three citations were given in White Hall, one in A female student reported to Temple police this week- Morgan Hall, three in Johnson Hall and two in 1300 end that she was inappropriately groped by an acquainResidence Hall. tance in Morgan Hall North sometime between 10 p.m. on - John Moritz Oct. 11 and 8 a.m. on Oct. 12. Temple police and Philadelphia Special Victims Unit are treating the incident as an indecent sexual assault and trying to gather more information from the complainant on the suspect.

Pulitzer Prize-winner Kristen Graham and SportsCenter anchor Kevin Negandhi speak at The Temple News reunion alumni panel on Friday, Oct. 18. | DUSTIN WINGATE TTN

- Ali Watkins





An 18-year-old University of South Carolina freshman is facing paralysis after being hit by a stray bullet last weekend, the students’ family told the Huffington Post. Martha Childress was hailing a cab when she was struck in her ribcage by a stray bullet. The gunman was reportedly aiming for two men with whom he was arguing, but missed and hit Childress. Michael Juan Smith, 20, was arrested by officers in the area and charged, according to the Huffington Post. -Ali Watkins

A female student reported to Temple police that she was inappropriately groped in her pelvic area while dancing with an unknown male inside the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity house on the 2000 block of North Broad Street. Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said police are working with the student to gather a description on her alleged molester. Leone said the incident in relation to the fraternity was directed to Student Activities. - John Moritz

Campus bird deaths rise, despite efforts like many students, wondered about the cause. “I was wondering what was happening,” Raykov said. “I was wondering if someone was poisoning them or what.” Many factors, such as the construction of new buildings, changes in weather patterns and bird populations going up can contribute to the masses of bird deaths, experts said. Temple reported more than 800 bird deaths on Main Campus in 2011, but whether or not an increase in bird deaths has occured cannot be confirmed by Temple’s ground crew, which is relying on estimates. “This particular migration, we don’t have any active monitoring going on mostly due to lack of staff,” Eck said. “It’s



also the fact that we have so much base line data that mostly now we’re interested in monitoring [where] we have a project in place.” In an effort to prevent collisions Eck, Russell and Director of Sustainability Kathleen Grady have been working to make alterations to Temple’s building designs. “We’ve been conducting research about bird collisions,” Grady said. “We facilitate the research, but then we’re also working on trying to implement some of those findings.” In one alteration, Beury Hall was netted during last fall’s migration season. “The birds can’t hit the glass because they can’t get to it,” Eck said. “They hit the net-

ting and bounce, and we haven’t had any dead birds where the netting is.” The newly opened Morgan Hall has fritted glass on its windows, a technique that uses little dots on the surface to break up the surface image and thus deter birds from flying into it. An ongoing project is also in the works with students from Tyler School of Art. Molly Denisevicz, a junior at Tyler, won the “Bird’s Eye View” contest in Spring 2012. “This was an excellent opportunity for students to learn about an important environmental problem and to share that with the Temple community through their work,” said Alice Drueding, a Tyler professor and coordinator of the contest.

The contest called upon Tyler students to create visual options to help prevent bird collisions on campus. Denisevicz’s image will be used on the passageway connecting Paley Library and Tuttleman Learning Center, and will be mixed with deterrent film being implemented there in mid-November. “We’re hoping we can start with this, can encourage other places on campus to be interested in doing something like this, because there is so much bird collision activity around campus,” Russell said. Sarai Flores can be reached at

Temple’s Aa3 credit rating could be in jeopardy after Moody’s Investor Services announced it is reviewing the university-wide rating in response to a downgrade to the Health System’s credit rating. TUHS had its credit rating lowered to Ba2 negative from Ba1 stable on July 16. A lowering of the university’s credit rating could have an effect on the school’s borrowing. The Temple News will report fully on this story in next week’s issue. - John Moritz

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students in order to be effective. “I didn’t even know that Tuttleman had counseling,” she said.. Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said, in combination with undiagnosed mental illness, many of these incidents are a result of student access to firearms, urging that while not many students are carrying weapons, those that do are at higher risk. “It’s always been told that if you have access to a firearm and you have mental health issues, your tendency for suicide will increase,” Leone said. “We feel that it is more of a danger than any type of help that can be

given by carrying a gun.” According to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health in 2002, states in which gun ownership is more prevalent have higher suicide rates. The Tuttleman Counseling Services’ walk-in clinic hours are 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For after-hours assistance, there are self-help resources posted on the website and an on-call counselor. Students in need are advised to call the center at 215-204-7276. Cindy Stansbury can be reached at


“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; They will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, In a salt land where no one lives. “but Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? I the Lord search for the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”

LIVING BUNNY BUNNY Leah Walton, an adjunct Art of Acting professor, played Gilda Radner in 1812 Theater’s production “Bunny Bunny.” PAGE 8

TUMBLE THROUGH CLASS Aaron Murphy, the head women’s gymnastics coach, also teaches a kinesiology course. PAGE 8


The Bagel Hut near Alter Hall employs student workers. PAGE 17



AIA students help local children trick or treat Architecture students helped build a virtual Halloween world for young children. KRISTI FIDLER The Temple News Seeing a smile spread across an at-risk preschooler’s face is enough for Candice Vanderhorst to feel accomplished in the work she does. After her second year of

working with the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center to create a safe environment for children in the Philadelphia area to trick or treat and celebrate Halloween, senior architecture major Vanderhorst said she wanted to be given more responsibility. This year, she’s leading her fellow students in their involvement. Vanderhorst said she got Temple involved in the project two years ago when she was the event coordinator of the Ameri-

can Institute of Architecture Students. “I thought it was a great opportunity to get students to work with professionals and also help children who really need it,” she said. Each year, the AIA in Philadelphia sponsors a series of events called “Spooktacular,” and “Spookytown,” a structure built to provide an alternative trick or treating experience for at-risk children, is one of them, available to children on Oct. 26.

Junior architecture major and general business studies minor Jenna Wandishin is president of the American Institute of Architecture Students. This will be her second year participating in the event. Wandishin said she hopes to see the chapter grow and see students enjoy their involvement. After two years of experience within the chapter, Van-


Candice Vanderhorst led fellow students in the creation of “Spookytown” through AIA. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN

All makeup ingredients not pretty

Owls on the Hill expands

Janci digs deep into her cosmetics case to see what she’s really putting on her skin.

The yearly trip to Harrisburg will now be proceeded by monthly classes.


y neighbor used to pass me lipstick samples through the fence when I was six years old. There were definitely perks of living next door to an Avon representative, and it began a love affair between makeup and me that is now 15 years Jenelle Janci strong. Quality of Life I haul Tupperware containers of personal products with me every time I acquire a new residence and my lifelong Sephora purchase total is higher than I’d like to admit. Yet, I can’t help but wonder — what the hell am I putting on my face? My concern began when I read a statistic stating that women — or men, if that’s your thing — absorb five pounds of makeup chemicals a year. Is-that-why-I’m-gainingweight jokes aside, there’s no doubt some scary stuff is going on inside of those pretty little tubes. Personal care products can have adverse effects on lung function, cause reproductive toxicity and even cancer. The Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database attributes a risk rating to individual products. The site works off of a 1-10 scale, with 1 being the least cause for



Marie Jordan (left) and her older sister Rebekah share a home together in Salem, Mass. Marie is responsible for her sister’s well being while Rebekah fights leukemia. Marie has taken a year off school to be with her. | COURTESY JEFFREY WARD

Her sister’s keeper

Marie Jordan is her sister’s primary caretaker after having deferred for the year. ERIN EDINGER-TUROFF


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o the Distance” isn’t just a song from Disney’s “Hercules” for former student Marie Jordan — it’s the anthem of her decision to temporarily leave her studies and become the primary caregiver for her sister Rebekah Jordan, who is battling leukemia. Jordan learned of her sister’s diagnosis this past May when her father called her on a Friday at 2 a.m. After surprising her family with a visit home the next day, Jordan said she realized she didn’t feel right going

back to school while her sister began her fight against type two chronic myelomonocytic leukemia, known as CMML-2. This form of blood cancer is rare, Jordan said, as it usually is diagnosed among patients who are 65 or older. The average CMML-2 patient is given a 40 to 60 percent chance of beating the disease. Bekah, who is 25 years old, has a better chance due to her youth. She needs a caretaker to be with her every step of the way since her life-saving bone marrow transplant, which she received on Sept. 26. Jordan said she knew someone would need to be there for her sister. Her parents, who are cancer survivors themselves, were supportive, but she felt a need to be there on a more permanent level for Bekah. “I was nervous about broaching the subject with her, because it’s a big deal,” Jordan

said. “I didn’t want to force myself on her if she already had someone in mind. I didn’t want to use [the word caretaker], because it makes her sound like an old person, and I didn’t know if that would be offensive.” Despite her nervousness, Jordan made her offer shortly after she learned of her sister’s diagnosis, when the two of them were driving together. After what she called her “proposal,” the “Hercules” theme song coincidentally started playing on the radio. “We’d just watched ‘Hercules,’” Jordan said. “The song [‘Go the Distance’] came right on. It was like, alright, it’s decided.” Twenty-year-old Jordan immediately withdrew from the university, though she was already registered for her junior year of classes this fall and had just declared a concentration in jazz for her major of music

education. In addition, she was elected music director of the coed a cappella group OwlCappella for the 2013-2014 school year. Now, she lives in an apartment in Salem, Mass. with Bekah, who returned home last week after her blood cell count reached an acceptable level to leave the Brigham and Women’s Hospital after her bone marrow transplant. “It’s hard to stay positive all the time,” Jordan said. Although she said she can’t imagine handling her sister’s illness any other way, there are moments when the pressure becomes oppressive. “It’s obviously a roller coaster,” Jordan said. “I was kind of a busybody at Temple. I took nine classes and was in OwlCapella, so we had gigs a lot, and I was doing music director-type stuff as assistant


Temple Student Government representatives said their organization has made it a top priority to lobby for lower tuition by continuing and expanding the Owls on the Hill program, which enables student representatives to meet with legislators to lobby for state appropriation. Last year, attending students met legislators in Harrisburg, Pa., to lobby for funding. The same event will take place this spring, but the proceeding process will be more informative. Meetings will lead up to the day in March, which has not yet been determined, that will teach those attending how to effectively lobby. Attendees will be bussed out to the state capitol, where they will visit the offices of legislators and make their proposals. These series of classes, dubbed “Owl Academy,” are taking place in order to formulate good methods when lobbying for funding. One will take place each month, and all are open to students, faculty and alumni. “The goal is to teach people how to be good advocates for Temple when they go to Harrisburg,” Temple Student Body President Darin Bartholomew said. During the first few meetings, participants will learn about the history of Temple, Bartholomew said. As the class-


‘Oklahoma!’ becomes acting opportunity for voice major A voice major landed a lead role in the show with little acting experience. NATHAN LANDIS FUNK The Temple News

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Garrick Morgan has had no dance experience, or much acting experience for that matter. Even though the senior, who is double-majoring in music education and vocal performance, starred in Temple’s “The Boys from Syracuse” last semester, Morgan wasn’t sure if he’d even make it into Temple’s production of “Oklahoma!” “I had a dance class in seventh grade, and I tried to sit

out most of the classes,” Morgan said. “I don’t dance. After watching all those obscenely talented students in the musical theater department, I was like, ‘This isn’t going to happen. That’s fine, I’ll be in the chorus, I’ll take this as a learning experience and still be involved and be a part.’ I had no expectations of anything.” Despite his assumptions, Morgan not only managed to get cast in the musical, but he got cast in the frontline role as Curly. Since then, he’s been singing, dancing and acting his way through each of the performances, which ended on Oct. 20. The show featured a cast of 35 and an orchestra from Temple’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. And although Mor-


gan was the only non-theater major in the cast, he said he didn’t feel like the odd one out. “People were constantly just sharing their knowledge with me to help me be a better actor,” Morgan said. “I loved the fact that no one looked at it like, ‘Who is this guy coming in from Boyer?’ I wish I got to know these people sooner. Everyone’s so down to earth and friendly and fun to hang out with.” Josh Kachnycz, a senior theater major who played opposite Morgan in “Oklahoma!,” said the feeling was mutual. “Gosh, I’ve loved working with [Morgan],” Kachnycz said. “He’s a really professional guy, and the training he’s had is really evident in his performance.

The rest of us from the theater program have been inspired by his ability, so we’re trying to get the best vocal performance we can.” The Center for the Arts, which officially opened in July 2012, is a reorganization of the art schools within Temple, combining Boyer College of Music and Dance, Tyler School of Art and the Division of Theater, Film and Media Arts. Though non-theater students have always been allowed to audition for productions, the Center seems to be creating a space for a more collaborative relationship between the schools, and some students, like Morgan, said it has encouraged





Gymnastics class challenges students INSIDE THE CLASSROOM Students learn flips and handsprings in a kinesiology course. JOHN CORRIGAN The Temple News Anetta Dubinchik developed an interest in gymnastics from her family growing up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. However, a move to the United States posed a geographical obstacle. “I moved to Holland, Pa., in first grade,” Dubinchik, a senior biology major, said. “Even though my cousin would teach me all these different moves, I ended up taking dance because the studio was really close to my new house.” After 12 years spent as a dancer, Dubinchik retired from the activity upon entering her time as an undergraduate. With new opportunities presented during freshman year, Dubinchik realized college could be her chance to finally experiment with what she believes was always a true passion – gymnastics. “I still remember the day I got my first bridge from standing up,” Dubinchik said. “My cousin tried teaching me and I was so motivated that I tried to nail that move over and over. When I finally did it, I knew I

wanted to keep going with gymnastics.” Aaron Murphy’s gymnastics class gave her the opportunity to do so at the university. Murphy, the head coach of Temple’s women’s gymnastics team, teaches a gymnastics class as part of the kinesiology program. As the 2013 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Murphy has established a reputation for instilling discipline in his athletes. “I dedicate about a third of the semester to learning floor exercises because when most students think of gymnastics, they think of doing a flip of some sorts,” Murphy said. “So the goal that I have as the instructor is to get 50 percent of my class leaving with the capabilities of doing either a back handspring or a front handspring on their own. But, knowing that most of the class are beginners, we devote a lot of time to basic skills and slowly progress them to the various personal levels.” His class has earned a reputation for being difficult to get into. “The kinesiology depart- Students in a gymnastics class offered at Temple learn each of ment has the class being taught the major events applicable to each gender that are traditional only once each semester,” Mur- to the sport.| MEAGHAN POGUE TTN phy said. “Plus, I think word of mouth from former students en- with Dubinchik for three years. Catrambone said. “It fills up courages others to take it.” “We have been trying to with seniors immediately. EvAndrea Catrambone, senior get into the class for two years,” ery semester where it looked kinesiology major, has lived

like we could make it, the class didn’t fit with our schedules.” This semester, their luck changed. “It’s really fun, but it’s a lot of work,” Dubinchik said. “It’s a real gym class. We all sweat, and I can actually feel muscle already forming after just a few weeks.” More than a decade of dance experience has helped Dubinchik transition into the acrobatic atmosphere. “We do some floor exercises,” Dubinchik said. “I know how to do cartwheels, bridges and splits because of dancing. And we do leaps and jumps and turns. You have to point your toes for everything. I feel so comfortable here.” Catrambone enjoys the camaraderie of the learning environment. “Everyone has to try the moves in front of the class,” Catrambone said. “It’s actually nice to have a cheering system. I look forward to this stress-reliever in the middle of my day.” Dubinchik’s previous gymnastic experience has benefited her fellow students. “We help each other out if we need a spotter or just to teach one another,” Dubinchik said. “In our usual classes, we just sit there and listen to a teacher. But in here, we get to hang out.” Murphy’s hands-on ap-

proach serves as constant motivation for Dubinchik and her classmates to perfect their techniques. “He realizes we’re not anywhere near professionals, but he still respects our effort,” Dubinchik said. “He really wants you to improve. A lot of girls’ hands rip on the bars and he says to go put some chalk on that and try it again.” Although students are only graded on their participation and enthusiasm, the final is a bit more concrete. “We have to perform an entire routine,” Dubinchik said. “We’ll do a flip, stand and then jump on another bar. It’s hard just practicing – I have blisters and cuts all over my hands.” Murphy hopes the struggle and sacrifice changes the perception of gymnastics on campus from a leisurely spectacle to an appreciated sport. “As an ex-gymnast from Temple, I think students should take my class just to experience a fraction as to what a gymnast goes through,” Murphy said. “Former students have told me that the class really humbled them because they had no idea how tough even the basic skills were, let alone what is seen on TV.” John Corrigan can be reached at

Talk at Tyler inspires book on L.A. by alumna TYLER SCHOOL OF ART A Tyler alumna wrote an e-book about living in L.A. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News When alumna Erica Wernick first made the decision to move to Los Angeles, she assumed the transition would be an easy one. “I thought this will be great, I’ll just hop on a plane and move out to L.A.,” Wernick said. “But when I got there, I was scared s---less.” While in high school, Wernick took classes at UCLA for six weeks and said she was instantly drawn to the city. “I loved the weather, and I was just sort of enamored by the whole city,” she said. “I think I thought it was a lot more glamorous than it actually is.” After graduating from Tyler School of Art in 2008 with a degree in graphic design, she decided she wanted to get into the production side of the entertainment industry. From there, moving to L.A. seemed like a good fit, but she said it was not as easy as she thought it would be. “[Entertainment] is very different than any other industry,” Wernick said. “It’s not like there is just a job listing page and you can apply. On the production side it’s all about who you know and it’s just really difficult to find work.” It was a tough road to find steady work and Wernick said she had moments where she was not sure what to do next or where to turn. “I had times where I was like, ‘Oh my god, what am I going to do?’” she said. “My second year out was really hard, but even in the hardest of times I told my parents I [wasn’t] going home. I really wanted to be there.” Despite her initial difficulty finding jobs, Wernick


eventually landed work at 17 separate television shows in the five years she has spent living in L.A.. Over the course of those five years, she said the abundance of questions she would receive from friends and strangers were all the same. Everyone interested in moving to L.A. was curious to see what she thought about the city. “Last year I was working on a show in Philly for six months, and I did a talk at Tyler during that time,” she said. “Afterward I got so many questions from students thinking about moving to L.A. that I thought, ‘Maybe I should do an e-book about this.’ I thought it could also be a fun design project for myself.” Combining her knowledge of surviving in the intensely competitive job market in L.A., along with her graphic design background, Wernick embarked on creating her newly released e-book, “L.A. Bound: The Ultimate Guide to Moving to Los Angeles.” The book works as a howto guide for the do’s and don’ts of moving to L.A. and provides step-by-step advice meant to help people transition and find their way in the city. Her advice ranges from the average price of apartments in each of the 22 L.A. neighborhoods to how to

meet people and network effectively. “One of the first things I start out talking about is to visit the city in which you want to live before you move there,” Wernick said. “Especially coming from Philly to L.A., that’s really far, and if your family is far you don’t have that support system.” Although she has a wealth of insight to give from experiencing the city firsthand, Wernick said it was essential that her book not only represent her experiences, but those of her friends who also made the move. “I didn’t really think that I would have to do this, but I ended up having to do a lot of research,” she said. “It was important for me to feel like this information was coming from a trusted friend, but at the same time I wanted to back up the information.” Through creating the guide, she said she hopes she can ease some of the concerns people have about making the decision to uproot their life and move to L.A.. “I feel like I laid out all the specifics, so it won’t be as scary, and [people] will know all these things before they get to L.A.,” Wernick said. “It’s to make the move much less scary, and the book really isn’t just about L.A., it’s about what to do.” Even though taking the risk of moving to a new place where there is no guarantee of making friends and finding work seems intimidating, Wernick said it was completely worth it for her. All it takes, she added, is dedication. “There is so much competition, and I try to stress that hard work is what is going to lead you out from the people that are going to go home,” she said. “You have to be a hustler. I really think that’s what sets you apart the people who don’t make it.” Alexa Bricker can be reached at

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them to have a new outlook on their art. “There’s this attitude with vocal performers and musicians in general where all they can talk about is their performance life, and where they’re going and what they’re doing,” Morgan said. “[And] there’s this stereotype of actors being backstage and doing ‘to be or not to be’ — but it’s not that. They’re prepared and ready to work, but they know their down time and it doesn’t get too uptight.” There have been plenty of first-time collaborations since the Center was formed — one was theater and non-theater students gathering last year for Broadway performer Barbara Cook’s master class. Another has been the use of full orchestras in musicals. “Oklahoma!,”

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es proceed, the leaders of the meeting will detail the legislative process, the relationship between Temple and the state and how students can prepare for conversations with state legislators. The addition of Owl Academy classes isn’t the only thing that is different from last year. Meetings with legislators will be scheduled in advance, intended to avoid missing a chance to meet a legislator should they be unavailable during the time of the event. This way, Temple representatives will use their time in Harrisburg more effectively. The extra preparation is not because last year’s lobbying was ineffective, Bartholomew said. “Last year was a great success,” Bartholomew added.

for example, featured a full 30-piece ensemble. Peter Reynolds, the head of musical theater at Temple, said he is excited about the new collaborative efforts. “Bridges seem to be built every day,” Reynolds said. The new opportunities have, however, created some dilemmas for students like Andrew Shaw. Shaw, a sophomore vocal performance major, accepted a role in “Oklahoma!” but later had to drop it due to his casting in Boyer’s upcoming opera, “Albert Herring.” “As much as I would’ve loved to have done both, rehearsals for one were at the same times as the performances of the other, so I had to make the hard decision,” Shaw said. “Either way, being a part of the Center of the Arts community is definitely an amazing opportunity. Whereas some schools build walls between the two

programs, Temple has brought them together, allowing for increased performance opportunities for both colleges. In addition, this cross-experience and intermingling of the two disciplines allows for increased understanding of art as a whole. By working together, we make the best of the arts at Temple.” For Morgan, who graduates this year, the new exposure has also put him at an unexpected crossroads. “[Theater] performance threw me for such a loop that I’m considering it for an option for life, for a career,” Morgan said. “Now I’m considering graduate schools for acting, and auditioning for various theater companies, even though this was never part of the original plan.”

“We smashed through our attendance goals.” Temple isn’t the only school that goes through this process. Other state-affiliated schools, such as University of Pittsburgh, Penn State, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg and Kutztown, have appropriated days where they lobby for their school’s funding. However, Owls on the Hill Day is uniquely for representatives of Temple. Although there are many schools that lobby, Bartholomew said it’s not meant to be a competition. “If we have a cut, it’s the same for everyone across the board,” he said. “If we get extra funding, it’s the same for everyone across the board.” Bartholomew said this is a good opportunity for students who want to get politically involved. “You can add it to your résumé,” Bartholomew said.

“[People who went last year received] certificates signed by [Senior Vice President for Government, Community and Public Affairs] Ken Lawrence. It’s a professional development opportunity for students as well as résumé-building.” Although Owls on the Hill Day does not directly affect state funding, Bartholomew said it is still important to show ing will detail the legislative process, the relationship between Temple and the state and how students can prepare for conversations with state legislators. “Money is tight with every government,” he said. “If we don’t go, someone will. You have to make the effort. You have to show your impact on the Commonwealth.”

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A View from the Top Conrad Benner’s blog calls attention to Philly’s street art culture. PATRICIA MADEJ A&E Editor


t all started with a broken leg and a DSLR camera. Conrad Benner, a photographer and blogger, started Streets Dept, a blog that documents Philadelphia’s street art and urban exploration, in 2011 shortly after he was hit by a van while biking home from work on 6th and Spring Garden streets. “I was on my parents’ couch for three months, couldn’t walk,” he said. “And I was just sort of terrified of biking ever since then, and I didn’t really like SEPTA, so I would just kind of walk everywhere — like, 30 minutes to work, 30 minutes back to work, and that was around the time I bought my camera, so I would just take my camera with me wherever I went and photographed street art, photographed the skyline, photographed cool things.” Fast forward two years, and that same blog has been voted Philadelphia’s top In-

stagram to follow by Philadelphia Weekly and featured as one of the city’s best blogs by the Guardian earlier this month. On average, Benner’s blog gets about 500 to 1,000 hits per day. One of the most viewed pieces is “15 Spots To Instagram From In Philly.” The blog’s Instagram, “@ streetsdept”, has a little more than 6,000 followers. A Fishtown native, Benner said he’s always admired the city’s art culture, and as he got older, he started to notice that the tags, graffiti and art pasted on light posts, sidewalks and walls weren’t being documented. After perusing through memory cards full of Philly’s street art, he decided he would be the one to share it. “I thought, ‘OK, I basically have the ammo to get this started. Why don’t I just start it?’” he said. “So I started it with modest expectations, and it grew very quickly, I think because it didn’t exist yet. There are street art blogs in New York, Chicago, but not one here.” Prior to his claim to fame, Benner blogged for the “Talkin’ S---” category on Philebrity. From there, he became an editor of Philthy


Leaving the ring for a honky-tonk Wrestling diva Mickie James talks transitioning to singing.


fter a honky-tonk summer of rocking out to Keith Urban, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith, I’m ready for Mickie James to grace Philadelphia with her southern sass. Despite a contract dispute with former employer TNA, the nine-time women’s John Corrigan c h a m p i o n Cheesesteaks still laces up and Chairshots her boots — just not for her famous Mick Kick. With a budding country music career, my eighth-grade crush has transitioned from the squared circle to the spotlight of the stage, at least temporarily. “It’s certainly not the last time you’ll see me on television in a wrestling ring,” James said. “I’m far from done. When I retire, I want to retire the right way. That’s what we all hope for, right?” Although the diva formerly known as Alexis Laree grew up listening to old school twang, she pursued professional wrestling rather than her singing aspirations. “Wrestling was my father and I’s common bond,” James said. “During commercial breaks, I would come off the couch with an elbow. But I also played the violin for five years



S. Philly cheers for Chiefs Big Charlie’s Saloon dedicates itself to all things Kansas City Chiefs. SINEAD CUMMINGS The Temple News Walk into the depths of South Philadelphia, past Eagles flags waving from stoops, past old men chain NIGHTLIFE smoking in wellworn Eagles sweatshirts and neighborhood boys puffing out their chests in green jerseys to find the bar on 11th and McKean streets dedicated to the Kansas City Chiefs. The bar is Big Charlie’s Saloon, owned by Philadelphian

Paul Staico. He said his love for the Chiefs began at an early age, when his father, Big Charlie, won a Super Bowl bet on the Chiefs and used the money to buy his young son the bike he had been wishing for all winter. “I was converted after that,” Staico said. “I’ll always remember that. I became a fan forever.” Since then, Staico has been recruiting friends to his team. Gathering attention for its uniqueness, the corner bar relies on neighborhood support and Staico’s enthusiasm. “We haven’t had a fight in 40 years,” Staico said. “You would think there might be some confrontation [between Eagles and Chiefs fans], but this is our neighborhood and we’re

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Big Charlie’s Saloon in South Philly is filled with Kansas City Chiefs memorabilia.| MIKE BUCHER TTN all friends around here.” Staico said that may lie in the fact that the Eagles and the Chiefs don’t play in the same division. “Eagles and Chiefs aren’t big rivals,” Staico said. “It’s not like this is a Dallas bar or some-

thing.” A Chiefs bar in Philly might not be confrontational, but it’s uncommon. Staico took over the bar in 1983 after his father passed


Film festival includes tours of Roxy Theater Temple grads, students involved at the festival running until Oct. 27. NATHAN LANDIS FUNK The Temple News Earning a film degree to work in an office wasn’t part of Alex Gibson’s original plan. But seven months ago, Gibson, a Temple alumna, was hired full-time as the office manager and volunteer coordinator for the Philadelphia Film Society, which is preparing to host the 22nd annual Philadelphia Film Festival from Oct. 17-27. Regardless of her initial feelings, she said she’s had a

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Pixar leaves mark on all generations

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ixar’s origins can be traced back to childhood memories, trips to the movies with parents and the day that “Mine!” turned into a commonly used, socially acceptable phrase. The magic and power that Pixar exudes is incredible. However, even t h o u g h Chelsea Colatriano Roll Tape Pixar films are labeled “children’s movies,” much of its audience doesn’t fit that bracket. Take a look through the “Pixar” tag on Tumblr, and that will be enough to prove Pixar’s fan base has a wide age range. In fact, it may not be a stretch to call college students Pixar’s target audience. “Toy Story 3” is a perfect example. Andy is leaving for college and the toys are trying to figure out what their place in the world is. Both viewpoints are painfully relatable. Take a look at Pixar’s box office record. According to Box Office Mojo, Pixar’s highest grossing movie in the U.S. was “Toy Story 3” with $415,004,880, followed by “Finding Nemo” with $380,843,261 and rounding out the top three with “Up” at $267,047,978. Those numbers cannot be purely because of





Bar in South Philly offers space for K.C. Chiefs fans CHIEFS PAGE 9 away, and turned it into a haven for Chiefs fans. “We moved from watching the games in my mother’s house to watching them [in Big Charlie’s Saloon],” Staico said. “Friends who supported the team with me would come and it just grew from that. Every year more people came aboard. Friends who weren’t Eagles fans were looking for a team.” As Staico’s friends came, the Chiefs’ fan base in Philadelphia grew. “There’s maybe 100 of us now,” Staico said. “There’s a picture of all of us, a couple years back, standing outside. We fill the whole street, and there’s maybe 20 or 30 more people inside.” The bar is filled with Chiefs gifts from friends, fans and family. All of the walls are covered in pictures and red memorabilia. Red mugs hang from nails behind the bar. At the back bar, where Chiefs games are watched on big screen TVs, autographed helmets and collectables line the walls. “I’m really familiar with [Big Charlie’s Saloon],” Greg Pinto, a senior at Temple, said. “From 10th Street to 12th Street is all people who have been there forever. That’s my neighborhood. My dad is a Chiefs fan and watches the games in that bar. He grew up with [Stacio]. I’m an Eagles fan, though.” Those who grew up with

Stacio said he is the reason there is a big fan base in South Philly for the Chiefs. Without him, regulars said, the bar would not exist. The unique story captured the attention of NFL Films in 2004, who produced a film based on the bar, and nabbed an Emmy for the production. The Emmy sits at Big Charlie’s Saloon behind the front bar. Players from Kansas City Chiefs have made their way to the bar to check out Philly fans’ love for their team. The late Derrick Thomas, a former linebacker for the Chiefs, has stopped in, as well as the team’s former general manager Scott Pioli, who sent flowers when Staico’s mother passed away. “It meant a lot,” Staico said about the gesture. In a twist of fate, Andy Reid is the new head coach for the Chiefs but “has been welcomed with open arms,” Staico said. “I think [fans] were worried at first because [Reid] seemed burnt out when he was with the Eagles, but I think it’s looking good so far.” Staico cheers on other Philly sports teams, putting the games on at the front bar for all to watch. “It’s just, when it comes to football, we’re Chiefs fans here,” Staico said. Sinead Cummings can be reached at

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Philly band plans to tour Florida, Russia The four-piece has mixed feelings about its upcoming tour. BRENDAN MENAPACE The Temple News The members of Placeholder, including Temple student Andrew Gelburd, are no strangers to long rides in a van. The band has toured all over the country in the confines of a Subaru Outback. This fall and winter, however, will take the band farther than it has gone before. Following a tour on the East Coast this month, the guys will be playing punk rock festival The Fest in Gainesville, Fla. That’s a lot of traveling, but it’s nothing compared to the group’s winter plans: Eastern Europe. This past September, the band released its second fulllength album, “I Don’t Need Forgiveness,” which was recorded in Massachusetts with Justin Pizzoferrato, who has worked with Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. Since then, Placeholder has kept busy putting together shows and preparing for its upcoming tour. Gelburd, the guitarist and a senior communications major, got permission from his professors to take time off for the tour. “My teachers were all pret-

ty cool about it,” Gelburd said. punk band] Pussy Riot.” “I’m not worried about the “That was a huge sigh of relief because it’s my last semester, shows being good or anything,” and I don’t want to miss out on Florey said. “Just about not dythis opportunity as well as jeop- ing or going to jail. We want ardize my chances of graduat- to get a dashboard camera for many reasons.” ing.” With the help of a friend Gelburd and drummer from Moscow, Marco Florey Placeholder has grew up outside set up a twoof Harrisburg, week trip to Pa. The band will Russia, playleave on Oct. ing in Moscow, 26, beginning St. Petersburg, in Lancaster, Vladimir, KaPa., the home zan, Samara of Placeholder’s and Ekaterinsinger and guiburg, then Kiev tarist Brandon and Harkov in Gepfer. From Ukraine. The there, it will band will be play Richmond, touring with Va., Greensboro, Russian band N.C., Atlanta and Rooftops. Jacksonville, Fla. PlaceholdAt The Fest, the Marco Florey / drummer er will have band will play plenty of opporon Oct. 31 and Nov. 1., alongside acts like The tunities to see the country, as the Menzingers, Daylight and The shortest drive from one show World Is A Beautiful Place and to the other will be at least four I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, hours. However, it will have help navigating Russian roads among others. The East Coast tour could from the band’s friend, Gena. “Gena has done this a be daunting for some, but the group said its plans for Eastern bunch before,” Florey said. “So Europe prove a bit more intimi- we have a lot of faith in him for stuff like places to stay.” dating. “We’re all pretty nervous,” As for lodging, band memGelburd said. “We don’t want bers said they will hopefully be to end up in jail like [Russian able to sleep on friends’ couches

“I’m not woried

about the shows being good or anything, just about not dying or going to jail. We want to get a dashboard camera for many reasons.

or, as Gelburd said, “anywhere that looks comfortable.” Placeholder said it has embraced the exposure, but there have been a few roadblocks along the way. It has gone through a few lineup changes since releasing its debut, “Nothing Is Pure,” in 2011. Gelburd took over guitar duties before the recording of this past album and a bassist left the band. Since then, it has had a few friends fill in on bass for shows and recording, but the band still doesn’t have a permanent bass player. Luckily, the band has someone to play with it on tour. On Placeholder’s upcoming EP, Gepfer handled bass duties in addition to guitar, vocals and songwriting. “Unfortunately, Flea [of the Red Hot Chili Peppers] said no,” Gelburd joked. “I Don’t Need Forgiveness” is out now on Black Numbers Records, and Placeholder has a 7-inch split EP with Rochester, N.Y.-based Such Gold coming out soon. The latter will be packaged to resemble a pack of baseball cards as part of a release from Secret Audio Club. Brendan Menapace can be reached at

Mickie James tackles life in wrestling ring, on stage JAMES PAGE 9

and would walk around the house recording myself sing. I just couldn’t figure out how to break into either profession until my friend suggested I attend a wrestling school in the D.C. area. I didn’t even know there was such a thing, but I fell in love with it ever since.” From supplementing her weekend wrestling shows by waitressing at Olive Garden and posing nude for a magazine called Leg Show to defeating Trish Stratus for the World Wrestling Entertainment Women’s Championship in a show-stealer at WrestleMania 22, James experienced the sacrifice and glory of sports entertainment. However, the farm girl from Virginia had another dream she had yet to achieve. “I still wrote a lot to melodies that were already on the radio or in my head,” James said. “I thought this is the one thing that I’ve always wanted to do since I was a little girl, yet I never really gave it a try. What do I have to lose except for people saying I suck? I’ve failed at a lot of other things, and I was told no a thousand times before

I was told yes. I couldn’t let that fear stop me.” Carrying only a book of her songs, James explored Nashville, met her first producer and released her debut album “Strangers & Angels” in 2010. Three years later, James signed with Entertainment One Music Nashville to produce her latest ball of vocal fire, “Somebody’s Gonna Pay.” Having opened for mainstream powerhouses such as Montgomery Gentry and Gretchen Wilson, James picked their brains as she did with the grappling veterans. “I love Tim McGraw,” James said. “Miranda [Lambert] and Blake [Shelton] are tearing it up right now, too. I really like Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Cruise,’ and you know what, that Nelly remix is a bit different. I think it’s smart to have a different version, because if you don’t listen to country music, you wouldn’t necessarily hear that song. It’s a way to introduce it to the young, pop crowd.” Before she parted ways with TNA, James juggled rehearsals during the day and snapping DDTs at night.

“It’s one of those things where you have to make time and work around your schedule,” James said. “Coming from the WWE where I was on the road 200 to 250 days of the year and then crossing over to TNA where the schedule was much lighter gave me some time to work on the music. But it’s not easy cash, I will say that.” Former world champion and current touring storyteller Mick Foley has said it’s difficult to get wrestling fans behind something not related to wrestling. James agreed with Foley’s sentiment, but said she welcomes the challenge. “When I do my shows, most of my fans have never seen me perform live,” James said. “In any kind of entertainment industry, it’s hard to get people to immediately go, ‘Oh, that’s cool, let me check it out.’ There is always that bit of, ‘uh, let me see.’ It’s just a matter of delivering on stage and building your fan base, because they’re always going to respect you in the ring, but you want to build that respect for your new thing.” After taking a chance on a lifelong dream, James hopes her

story can inspire wishful singers. “Do what you love and keep writing,” James said. “Sing the songs that you relate to. You have to go after it with all your heart and not be afraid of no. I guarantee you will hear no a hell of a lot more than you hear yes, but that one yes will make all those no’s worth it.” So, what would it take for James to croon in front of us Yankees? “I’m in the Northeast pretty often, but I haven’t been to Philly in a while,” James said. “Performing there would be awesome. We just want to book the right show and find an opening act that would work.” Let’s hit up Temple grad and country rocker Doreen Taylor, schedule the Susquehanna Bank Center and start brewing that moonshine for next summer. I guarantee everybody’s gonna pay. John Corrigan can be reached at

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Philadelphia Film Festival gets help from Temple alumni change of heart since then. “This is nothing like what I was hoping to do when I entered film school, but I feel fortunate to be a part of it now,” Gibson said. The festival will showcase films that have been selected from all over the world at different venues throughout the city, such as the Prince Street Music Theater and the Ritz at the Bourse. It will also feature tours of PFS’ soon-to-open theater at the Roxy, which will bring independent and art house films to the city all year-round. “PFS has very little to do with actually making films – we focus on helping as many people as possible see the films others make,” Gibson said. “One of film’s greatest strengths is creating community and bringing people together, and PFS tries to facilitate that.” “Our goal every year is to expose people to a diverse selection of films that they may never see in Philadelphia again,” said Parinda Patel, PFS’ Managing Director. Patel, along with Marketing Coordinator Mariah Weiler, round out Temple’s contributions to PFS’ staff. Both Patel and Gibson started out at the festival by interning there as juniors and now both play pivotal roles in the organization’s operations team. And as a journalism student, Patel said she is grateful for her time at Temple. “I had great PR professors while at Temple – Rosemary Rys and Greg Feistman – and definitely apply a lot of what

In its 16th year as a band, the Athens, Ga. sextet has shown no signs of slowing down.


they taught me to my work today,” Patel said. Gibson and Patel also both expressed excitement over the PFF on the U.S. free ticketing program, which will allow free viewing of a film in the American Independent or Documentary section of the festival. The Philadelphia Film Society has expanded their Filmadelphia Education program which offers free tickets to educational institutions all over the city. Stuart Connelly’s “The Suspect” is available to see free of charge through PFS. “The Suspect” is a race-driven crime drama that was filmed near Morgantown. Connelly, whose wife is from the Philadelphia area, said he is excited to be able to show his film here. “To show the hometown crowd what we made Pennsylvania look like – it’s pretty gorgeous,” Connelly said. “I’m very happy to show it to people.” And Temple has a direct connection to Connelly’s film. Current students, who heard about the project through Craigslist and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, worked on the film as production assistants and in the office, helping with everything from set and props to dressing and secretarial work. “People fell in love with the stuff and wanted to come out.” Connelly said. “It was fantastic. It was a pretty big crew.” One of the many other films that people would be able to see for free is the documentary “We Cause Scenes: The


The hyper-noisy, hyperweird art punk conglomerate known as The Men is embarking on its latest musical journey, and what a strange journey it’s been. Listening to the group’s harsh, blast beat laden effort from 2010 entitled “Immaculada,” it’s hard to believe listeners are observing a band that three years later will release an acoustic EP entitled “Campfire Songs.” The four-piece will be hitting the road in support of the record. The Philadelphia Film Society prepared for its annual Film Festival, which includes tours of the Roxy Theater, located on Samson Street.| KRISTEN VANLEER TTN Rise of Improv Everywhere.” The film tracks the journey of the hit YouTube channel Improv Everywhere to its current legendary status as professional pranksters. True to PFS’ desire to bring a diversity of films to Philadelphia, Director Matt Adams believes his film won’t be an ordinary documentary. “So much of the time, documentaries are about the darker

sides of life,” Adams said. “‘We Cause Scenes’ is not that kind of film. If you’re looking for a film that will make you laugh from start to finish and hopefully inspire you to be more creative.” Nathan Landis Funk can be reached at nathan.david.landis.funk@temple. edu.


Indie stalwarts and enemies of punctuation of Montreal has returned in triumphant fashion with its 12th studio record entitled “Lousy with Slvianbriar.”


Fresh off the release of “Acoustics II,” a full-length LP full of rerecorded and rearranged tunes from its back catalogue, Minus the Bear is a Seattle- based quintet with an affinity for effects pedals. Part math rock, part indie and wholly groove-able, Minus the Bear is bringing its spacey music to the Electric Factory.


Michigan husband and wife emo duo Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate) will join hometown heroes and sad young adults Secret Plot To Destroy The Entire Universe and Girl Scouts at West Philly’s premier off-the-grid show space, The Golden Tea House.

– David Zisser





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Temple alumna holds Malcolm X series at museum Malcolm X Steles series runs until this January at the Phila. Museum of Art. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News Once a student at Tyler School of Art, Barbara Chase-Riboud has landed a full exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Inspired by Malcolm X and the civil rights movement, Chase-Riboud began her first sculptures of the series in 1969. In between working on this exhibit, Chase-Riboud completed various other projects over the years. The artist later continued her work in the 2000s, picking up where she left off. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first place where ChaseRiboud is having her own exhibition in more than 10 years. Her series, “The Malcolm X Steles,” is a tribute to Malcolm X. Chase-Riboud

has provided five of her sculptures to represent unities between differin the series to the museum, as well ent materials and how tension and as more than 40 pieces of artwork togetherness can coexist. constructed in Europe The museum and the United States. was given one of Standing among C h a s e - R i b o u d ’s an array of other sculptures back in rooms featuring col2001, so museum orful work in the staff pursued this modern and contemidea of an exhibit porary section, “The based around her Malcolm X Steles’” work. One of the dark colors and deep pieces that is on disemotion evoke conplay is a statue called trast from the other “Malcolm X #3,” artworks. which includes pol“Monuments, ished bronze and silk steles, they mark a thread, continuing sense of loss, someher multi-textured thing that is no longer theme. John Vick / exhibition assistant Born and raised there. Something that in Philadelphia, resulted in loss,” said John Vick, an exhibition assistant in Chase-Riboud attended the Tyler modern and contemporary art at the School of Art and now lives in Eumuseum. “But you can still have a rope. Vick said he appreciates havvery positive, aspiring experience ing a local artist featured in the depending on how that monument or museum, though he said it’s purely coincidental. sculpture appears.” Vick said contemporary pieces She uses a difference in textures

“One of the

dynamic aspects, in the way in which this [exhibition] seems to be caught in is this moment of transformation.

or video installations may draw in a younger audience, but normally, people who come to museums are more open to view every part of the museum instead of focusing on one area. “One of the dynamic aspects in the way in which this [exhibition] seems to be caught in, is this moment of transformation,” Vick said. “This transformation from materials, from hard, ridged bronze to soft and subtle fiber. This seeming transformation of vertical and horizontal, they really seem to the ground like water, but also very upright. This transformation of time and legacy, I mean, very much contemporary in this present moment, they are right in front, but they also relate to the steles that have existed throughout history.” Vick calls Chase-Riboud’s founding of “The Malcolm X Steles Series” her “aha” moment, where her full strength is captured in the public eye and put on display. The exhibition is shown in various places throughout the museum as a way to draw people into the main exhibit. At the Great Stair Hall, a sculpture from the series stands alone. Room 172 in the museum focuses on the drawings and another in Alter Hall focuses on her monument paintings. In a walk-way in Room 173, sculptures face each other. Using charcoal, graphite and ink, Chase-Riboud’s monument drawings are of historically important places and people like Alexander Pushkin and Man Ray. “The Malcolm X Steles” is also curated by Carlos Basualdo. The exhibit will be at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until Jan. 20, 2014 before moving to the Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive this spring. The exhibition is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. Chelsea Finn can be reached at

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s artwork, inspired by the civil rights era, is displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until January before it moves to the Berklee Art Museum. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN

Five must-hear music podcasts Prater discusses the role of musical podcasts in today’s society.


n this day and age, it seems like people are all about making things portable. As a result, we now have iPods and smartphones. But as time has gone on, media has diversified, resulting in the creation of audiobooks and podcasts. Though Nia Prater audiobooks tend Play On to focus on someone reading the text of a book aloud, podcasts have a lot of leeway in what to cover and what format to take. Because the field is so large, it can sometimes be daunting to find podcasts that cover one’s specific interests. But, music lovers, don’t fret. Here are five must-hear podcasts for anyone interested in music. Un-

less specified otherwise, all of these podcasts are free and can be found through the iTunes store.


Besides keeping the country up to date on news and politics, National Public Radio is also music savvy. In addition to consistently having its finger on the pulse of the music world, it’s known for an online series called Tiny Desk Concerts. Like the name suggests, these are filmed mini-concerts performed at the desk of “All Songs Considered” host Bob Boilen. The artist performs a short set in front of a small crowd, which makes for a wonderfully intimate session. Many of the musicians are lesser known, but big-name stars such as Adele, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Yo-Yo Ma have appeared on the segment.

corded live in studio, though some take place at a venue. The station’s performers are diverse, ranging from indie band Daughter to rapper and producer duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Videos of some of the performances can be seen on the KEXP YouTube channel, but the podcast on iTunes is audio only.


A product of the lyric analysis website Rap Genius, “Outside the Lines” sits down with various rappers for long, in-depth interviews ranging from 20 minutes to more than an hour. Some interview subjects include RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Nas and Talib Kweli, to name a few. This podcast is a must-listen for rap and hip hop fans.



KEXP is based out of the University of Washington in Seattle. Unlike NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, these performances are usually re-

An off-shoot of TED Talks, this podcast focuses on talks at TED conferences that involve guests who are musicians, or music in general. Though many of the videos are sim-

ply performances, some of the best ones seek to teach the audience a lesson through music. Some standout performances include Andrew Bird’s 19-minute demonstration of a looping pedal and choral composer Eric Whitacre’s “virtual choir.”


This might be pushing the definition of podcast a little, but it just had to be mentioned. The French website La Blogothèque has a video project entitled “Take Away Shows,” which consist of live and on-location performances by artists. One video follows folk band Beirut through the streets of Paris as it plays its song “Nantes.” The result really reminds listeners of what live music is all about. Other “Take Away Show” participants include Fleet Foxes, Tegan and Sara and R.E.M. All these videos can be viewed through La Blogothèque’s website and through its Vimeo and YouTube channels. Nia Prater can be reached at

OUT & ABOUT ANTIQUES IN CHESTNUT HILL Clover Market, an upscale vintage and antiques bazaar, will hold its last market of the month on Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 25 W. Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill. The event will have more than 150 vendors with handmade crafts, goods and antique items, including selections from vendors and “craft stars” Jay McCarroll, Art Star, Two Paperdolls and Black Heart Letterpress. There will also be food available from Brulee Bakery, Hummus Restaurant, Bonjour Creperie and many more. Market-goers who miss this event will be able to catch the last of the season on Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 12 E. Lancaster Ave. in Ardmore, Pa.

– Patricia Madej

FALL FEST THIS SATURDAY East Passyunk Avenue will be hosting its Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday on Oct. 26. The event, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature activities for everyone. Events include trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting and a costume contest. There will also be free apple cider and donuts. Admission is free, but some activities and food will cost festival-goers, including selections from the Tot Cart, Ms. Goody Cupcakes, Stogie Joe’s and more from restaurants around the area. The fest is made possible with help from the Singing Foundation and will take place at the intersection between Tasker Street and East Passyunk Avenue. A full itinerary can be found on the festival’s Facebook page.

–Patricia Madej

ARCHITECTURE WALKS IN PHILLY For the month of October, take advantage of the fall weather by going on a Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia Architectural Walking Tour. The weekend of Oct. 26 will include tours to the Art Deco and City Hall on Saturday and Victorian Washington Square West and Old City on Sunday. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for students with an I.D. For more information about where to meet go to

– Chelsea Finn

OPERA IN THE CITY For its 2013-14 season, Opera Philadelphia hopes to bring attention to arts via its new series, Opera in the City. In conjunction with FringeArts, the series will bring shows to non-traditional spaces throughout Philadelphia beginning in November. The first show of the series will be a production of the Serbian opera “Svadba-Wedding” at the FringeArts building on Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. Accompanying “Svadba-Wedding” will be a 90-minute traditional Balkan wedding reception, featuring cuisine and performances from the West Philadelphia Orchestra. The event is free to ticketholders. “Svadba-Wedding” will run Nov 2-3 and 6-7. Tickets cost $69 and the show will be at 7 p.m. The next location and show of the series has yet to be announced.

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NARCROTIC OFFICERS FEAR KROKODIL @phillymag tweeted on Oct. 18 that Philadelphia’s narcotic officers fear that krokodil, the deadly Russian drug that’s an alternative to herion, may catch on in the city, though there hasn’t been any reports thus far. The article said that if the drug made its way into Philadelphia, it could potentially “debilitate our healthcare system.”

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE GETS NEW ART @uwishunu tweeted on Oct. 18 that the Franklin Institue expansion will now have a 3,000 sqaure-foot stainless steel art installion called the ‘shimmer wall.” Created by Ned Kahn, an environmentalist artist, the wall will be a part of the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, which will open in June 2014.

SEPTA AND PHILABUNDANCE TEAM UP @metrophilly tweeted on Oct. 18 that due to SNAP cuts, otherwise known as food stamps, SEPTA and Philabundance have teamed together to set up 42 donation spots for food to make up for the loss. Non-perishables are accepted. The organizations are in need of tuna, corn, fruit and containers of peanut butter and jelly.

APARTMENTS ADDED @phillydotcom tweeted on Oct. 19 that building developers Brickstone Realty Corp. finalized the purchase of its third building on Chestnut Street between 8th and 13th streets. In an attempt to faciliate a revival of the area, the company plans on converting the recently aquired Oppenheim, Collins & Co. building into apartments and demolishing the other buildings.




Blog profiles street art, urban exploration in Philly STREETS PAGE 9 Mag, where he blogged about everything from Obama’s 2008 election to the opening of The Barbary. Now, aside from running Streets Dept, Benner works a day job at an advertising agency. Benner said he likes to keep his blogging and career separate from each other. “If I were a full-time photographer, I’d either work for a magazine and not do a lot of my own stuff, or I would freelance, where I would have to hope and pray that I get a job this month or that I get to do stuff that I like,” Benner said. “Everything I do on the side with my photography is completely just what I want to do. I don’t have to worry about it as a source of income.” Though almost all the photos are taken by Benner, there are contributions from other photographers. In addition, street artists invite him to tag along on their work before it gets painted over, or taken down, especially in rush jobs. “Pretty much any of the artists that reach out to me, I end up developing a relationship with,” he said. “Just because, I don’t know, I’m lucky enough to, I guess. They’re really cool people, and they’re doing really great work.” About three months after he started the blog, Ishknits, an artist who attaches installations made of yarn in parts of the city, contacted Benner to document her as she yarn bombed the MarketFrankford Line.

“I got really excited,” Benner said. “I ran home, edited the photos and put them up the next day. Within a few weeks, a photo was printed in Time magazine.” Jimmy O’Donnell, a 20-year-old photographer, started following Streets Dept on Instagram and reached out to see if Benner would want to do some urban exploring. Together, they took pictures of the abandoned Tastykake factory. “[Benner’s] a crazy dude — he’s always doing stuff,” O’Donnell said. “I think it’s great, and he’s really good at what he does, and he’s really humble about it. I like the cross between the urban exploring and the street art — [photos] actual people can relate to.” And people are relating to the pictures. Philadelphia’s street art culture is on the rise, and a surprisingly low amount of people are reporting graffiti for cleanup. Thomas Conway, the deputy managing director for the city, oversees Philly’s graffiti abatement team and its anti-graffiti network. Conway said, on average, there are only about 10,000 calls reported annually. However, the team, which surveys areas year-round, clean up about 120,000 properties per year by power washing the graffiti or painting over it. “I think it’s just being destructive,” Conway said. “It’s basically vandalism and basically crim-

inal mischief.” However, Conway said there’s a distinct difference between graffiti and street art, which is reported at an even lower rate. Benner’s work isn’t limited to a computer screen, however. On occasion, he’ll have his photos up at galleries throughout the city, featuring pictures of art done by the same artists he’s developed close connections with through the blog. He said he carefully chooses what goes up in the galleries or on his blog and tries to push his political views when possible. In mid-August, Benner published photos from the “Fund Our Schools” light installation, a subject that’s close to his heart. He said he also admires the anti-catcalling and anti-harassment spray painted installations found throughout the city. “I’m essentially the curator of a gallery,” Benner said. “I’m finding things that I like and putting it on my blog, so I love the really colorful characters that Nose Go creates that are just beautiful and take so much time, and effort and thought, but then I really love the ‘Don’t Call Me ‘Hey Sweetie’’ on the ground. Because, I mean, that’s what street art is — it’s a place to bring up politics and call stuff out.” Conrad Benner started his blog Streets Dept in 2011.| KARA MILSTEIN TTN

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Luciferian musician finds inspiration in the 1900s Neo-folk artist King Dude touches on everything from love to the occult. DAVID ZISSER The Temple News Alternating between spending time with his father, an evangelical Christian who was prone to speaking in tongues, and his mother, a neo-Pagan who dabbled in shamanism, the childhood of TJ Cowgill, known in certain circles as Luciferian folk singer-songwriter King Dude, was an interesting one. A child of divorce, long before Cowgill was the writer of grim folk songs centered on themes of the occult, the Seattle native was a toddler splitting weekends with a father who rediscovered Christianity and a mother who encouraged him to meditate. “It’s heavy to me,” Cowgill said. “Being told two different things that were very conflicting. Especially, in general, dealing with my parents aren’t getting along or whatever. You

try and reconcile that and try to find some common ground and achieve some commonality.” Though he eventually found that commonality, Cowgill said it wasn’t always easy. “I suppose that the more hippie-dippie, peaceful power, crystal side of my mother’s religion was acceptable and sort of fun,” Cowgill said. “But it wasn’t even like I was identifying with it, because it wasn’t crammed down my throat, it wasn’t you have to be this way. It was a lot more open. It was a looser sort of parameter or dogma. So I guess I prefer that because I was allowed to do critical thinking.“ These days, through his neo-folk project King Dude, Cowgill is creating a brand of music that’s a unique amalgamation of country guitar playing and folky, story-based lyricism. This is an interest that was piqued by his father, an avid fan of bluegrass luminaries such as Leo Kottle. Although his music frequently touches on themes of the occult and Luciferianism, Cowgill is quick to insist that he’s not writing music strictly

for Luciferians. “It’s not necessary to understand any of that to understand or enjoy my art,” Cowgill said. “I think if you do understand those sorts of concepts you might enjoy it more, but I believe that Christians can also enjoy my music as well as Satanists, because they tend to. The proof is in the pudding, so to speak. And I’m not trying to exclude anybody from enjoying these songs.” The last full-length King Dude release, “Burning Daylight,” a sinister romp through the macabre that intertwined themes of mysticism with the occasional love song, is rife with chilling baritone vocals and parables about visions and dark spirits. However, influences for the record extended far beyond just the mystical. Cowgill also found inspiration in the chaos of living during the turn of the century in the early 1900s. “I was inspired by the gritty nature of the era and people living very desperately and intensely,” Cowgill said. “Consequences were higher. If you wanted to get money, you could




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literally take it out of the earth in the form of precious metals and trade it. Or if you wanted somebody dead you could probably kill them and not have to face these modern consequences. Also, religion in that time was a lot more — the stakes were higher. People really believed in it. It was easier to convince people of all kinds of things that maybe weren’t true.” The king of dudes is a man with a surprising sense of humor. A self-considered Luciferian erring on the agnostic side, Cowgill has the ability to look inwardly and laugh at himself in a way that generally doesn’t go hand in hand with some studiers of Satan. “It’s very important to not come off as too pompous or self-important, because if you really want people to enjoy it, there needs to be a sense of humor,” Cowgill said. “I don’t like humorless art. I don’t find it that interesting.” The humor is even in the band’s name. “It’s a horrible band name,” Cowgill said with a laugh. “But it doesn’t really matter what the band name is to me. It’s almost

better to have a s----- band name because, in a sense, it’s something that you could transcend. It doesn’t really mean anything at all. It’s blank. You can impress whatever ideas you want upon it.” Cowgill added that he sees the name as a way to ease people into a genre of music that touches on subjects they may otherwise be uncomfortable with. “That’s another thing,” Cowgill said. “I think if you look at the sonic nature of humor it can allow ideas into your life that you might not have accepted if it wasn’t really sinister, or really, really horrifying. So humor is an important thing, especially in grand concepts.” The latest King Dude release is unlike other music in his discography. Although King Dude is very much Cowgill’s brain child — he emphasized that he prefers his musical projects to be dictatorships — his newest record, a 7-inch entitled “Born in Blood,” features rerecorded arrangements of past King Dude songs and incorporates a full band, breaking the motif of just vocals and guitar

created by his past work. But this latest release, as well as an upcoming tour, is not all that’s on the plate of the ruler of dudes. Cowgill is a man that wears many hats. In addition to the King Dude project, Cowgill was at the helm of several metal bands, including black metal outfits Book of Black Earth and Teen Cthulhu. But Cowgill’s artistic interests extend beyond music. Along with his wife, he’s the owner of Actual Pain, a clothing company that bases its designs off of themes from the occult. “A lot of the time it feels more like the work chooses me as opposed to me choosing something, or being like, ‘I’m going to start a clothing company’ or I’m going to start this sort of folkier project,’” Cowgill said. “It’s more like it sort of just happens. I guess any artist is probably just hashing out some childhood trauma.” Dave Zisser can be reached at





Get Lucid! is a 21-and-older fundraiser for Decarcerate PA. The event will feature music, visual art and spoken word poetry. Music will include DJs Galvanize, Red Richards, Mr. Manic, Sean Graham and Sylo. Since the event is Halloween-themed, those attending are invited to dress up. There will be prizes for the best costumes. Decarcerate PA is a group that aims to stop prison expansion as proposed by Gov. Tom Corbett. The group said the millions of dollars proposed for new prisons would be better spent on building communities, education, housing, health care and prisoner reentry programs for a successful transition back into their communities.


Halloween lovers looking for a fright should consider Fright Factory in South Philly. This attraction takes its guest through a 105-year-old mansion with live actors. It will be open on Halloween, as well as the day before, and offers a $5 discount with student ID.


The Woodford Orchard Apple Harvest Festival is taking place outside of a mansion on the northeast edge of Fairmount Park. Guests will be able to make their own cider, taste heirloom apples and paint pumpkins. There will also be a tour of the orchards and mansion, along with beehives, at the location.


Celebrate Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th anniversary with “Jewels,” by George Balanchine. Unlike a story ballet told with old-fashioned miming, “Jewels” is pure dance responsible for the ballet’s quick movements and acts. The ballet is broken down into three styles of ballet: lyrical emeralds, flashy rubies and classical diamonds throughout the performance. Tickets may get expensive, but $15 student rush tickets are still available.

–Lydia Hurley

The Awesome Fest hosted its drive-in movie at The Oval on Oct. 18, screening “King Kong vs. Godzilla” and “Pacific Rim” and even featured the Philly Roller Girls. Next week, the drive-in will screen “Grease” and “The Blob” at 7:30 p.m. | ANDREW THAYER TTN

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children. None of Pixar’s films have dipped below the $150 million mark and that is just in the U.S. Even with all of this money that I’m sure Pixar executives take a bath in every morning, it still exemplifies the old saying that “slow and steady wins the race.” For the past 18 years, Pixar has only released 14 movies. ADVERTISEMENT

Seven of those have been Oscar winners. DreamWorks Animation SKG, which makes action films as well as animation, has released 62 films over the past 16 years, and only four of its animation films have grossed above the $150 million mark. Those films are “Shrek,” “Shrek 2,” “Madagascar” and “Shark Tale.” In addition, Pixar is not

releasing a movie in 2014. It pushed back the release date of the 2014 film “The Good Dinosaur” to Nov. 25, 2015. This means that by the next time Pixar releases a movie, many current juniors and seniors will have graduated. Don’t fret, Pixar fanatics. There are plenty of Pixar-related resources that should quell your longing for a new movie.

Like “The Pixar Theory,” by Jon Negroni. The theory is that all of the Pixar movies take place in the same universe, accompanied with a timeline and the cause and effect of each movie, beginning with “Brave” and ending with “Monster’s University.” Without spoiling all of the intricate connections Negroni

found, let’s just say that Boo from “Monster’s Inc.” plays an integral part of the theory. Plus, there’s a very peculiar connection between “Up,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Wall-E.” Pixar’s magic has spread among children and adults alike. There are even seminars on how to be as creative as the company. It creates a level of excellence that many want to

achieve in their own creative work. Pixar has touched the hearts of so many and has made an emotional impact so great that even its lesser films are immense successes. Chelsea Colatriano can be






The School of Media and Communication will host a free panel discussion for students and faculty called “Alliance for Women in Media Panel Discussion: Selling in a Multi-Platform World” this Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. In Room 200 of the Student Center, professional women in media will gather to answer audience questions and discuss their careers. Speakers will include executives from Comcast, Arbitron, CNN and Pandora. Students who are interested in establishing themselves in the media job market are encouraged to attend. The panelists will address issues in the industry pertaining to women in media, but will also offer advice on how best to succeed in the industry while coping with technological changes. Though the event is free, students must register ahead of time to attend. To register, email -Erin Edinger-Turoff

FOUNDATIONS OF STUDY ABROAD Marie Jordan (left) said she has become very close with her sister Bekah since deferring before the fall semester. | COURTESY JEFFREY WARD

Voice student defers due to sister’s health music director. The music director was student teaching so he wasn’t around much.” She recently started working at Atomic Café, where Bekah, an actress and theater instructor, worked prior to her diagnosis. The coffee roasters now offer a “Bekah Blend,” Jordan said, from which all proceeds go toward Bekah’s treatment. Jordan plans to return to the university to continue pursuing her degree next fall, depending on Bekah’s health. Bekah will spend the next year recovering, namely allowing her body to adjust to the transplant. The first 100 days, which are now underway, generally indicate whether her immune system will accept or reject the bone marrow. She’ll need 24-hour care, Jordan said. Advisers informed Jordan that she would have to re-audition for her program, but that isn’t the critical issue she will face if she’s able to return. “My dad is retired [and] my mom doesn’t have a job,” Jordan said. “Obviously this wasn’t in the spectrum of planning. It’s been re-


ally, really hard.” The family has fundraised for Bekah’s treatment, with one event in particular called the “Bash Leukemia Bash,” where friends paid an attendance fee to see live theater and readings at Gordon College, where Bekah spent her undergraduate years. Since Bekah’s homecoming, Jordan said she probably won’t be able to continue working. “For a year after her transplant, she can’t go outside,” Jordan said. “She can’t grocery shop, go to her favorite thrift store or go to Atomic [Café]. I’m going to need to keep a medical journal, because the doctor is going to be asking me what changes.” Though she wasn’t a match to be Bekah’s bone marrow donor, Jordan will now be there every step of the way, unless she is able to coordinate with her parents in order to temporarily leave them in charge while she is away. Jordan’s friends in OwlCapella plan to help her return to the university in whatever capacity they can by donating to Jordan family’s fundraiser website for Bekah’s treatment on, a free online fundraiser site for medical purposes. OwlCapella’s upcoming free concert in Room 200A of the Student Center on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. will donate all proceeds from general donations and CD sales to Bekah’s site. Kevin Chemidlin, a senior computer science major and the general manager of the a capella group, said he was impressed by Jordan’s immediate dedication to her sister’s care. “I could tell there was no question about what she was going to do,” Chemidlin said. “She left a long post in our Facebook page explaining what had to be done. Obviously everybody misses her, she’s been in the group for two full years.” Chemidlin said he is concerned about Jordan’s reentry into the university. “I think she’s an absolutely exceptional person,” he said. “It’s a downright tragedy that this has happened to her. But at the same time, she has stepped up so incredibly — it’s so inspirational what she’s been able to do. For that to negatively impact the trajectory of her life is a

crime.” Jordan said some of her professors have been supportive of her decision to defer from the university for the year. Her voice instructor, Professor Sheryl Woods, said she hopes Jordan will take strength of character from this experience. “I occasionally shoot an email her way,” Woods said of her continuing friendship with Jordan. “We talk on the phone once every few months.” Jordan recalled an email she received from Woods sending her well wishes, which she said was incredibly touching. Woods said she believes Jordan will gain critical perspective in her year as a caretaker, despite the obvious challenges the experience presents. “She is getting an experience that many students don’t get until after college,” Woods said. “Sometimes the good things get in the way of the best things. You have to figure out what life is really about.” Erin Edinger-Turoff can be reached at on on Twitter @erinJustineET.

Sustainability sparked with solar energy Solar panels will be installed on the roof of Edberg-Olson Hall. SHAYNA KLEINBERG The Temple News In an attempt to provide sustainable and renewable energy sources on campus, Temple will become the first college in Philadelphia to administer a building with green energy sources using the construction of multiple solar panels on the roof of Edberg-Olson Hall. With a capital investment from Community Energy Inc. to fund the project, the university will construct the 63-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of Edberg-Olson Hall. The building is the main facility for Temple’s football team, located at 10th and Diamond streets on Main Campus. The project is expected to be completed in December. Not only will Temple’s football team play at Lincoln Financial Field, a stadium that is fueled in part by solar energy, the team will now be able to practice in a facility that utilizes renewable energy sources.


“For some time now there has been a lot of interest from students and faculty about exploring alternative energy sources,” James Creedon, Temple’s senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said. “It’s important for Temple to take a hard look at solar energy. It generates electrical power that goes back into the grid. It’s a transfer of energy and electricity back and forth, which is a less traditional form of energy because we are putting alternative energy back into the system.” “We are super excited about this project because it’s a great way for students to learn about renewable energy and to see their buildings as a learning tool,” Director of Sustainability Kathleen Grady said. “We see the value of this as taking the first step in introducing solar to our campus. From the sustainability perspective, we are excited about the renewable energy source because it allows students to learn new technologies and see the message it sends.” The Office of Sustainability takes measures to encourage environmentally conscious behavior from students. “The best thing we can do is reduce the amount of energy waste

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from our buildings, making sure they run efficiently so we don’t waste energy, and practice energy conservation,” Grady said. “We are looking at changing attitudes and the culture of Temple to be more sustainable.” The project has an educational aspect and an operational aspect, Creedon said. “We are going to evaluate how the project goes,” Creedon said. “If the marketplace changes, we are going to have a really good firsthand source of data. Temple is interested in alternative energy. It has a role and a future in the university’s energy portfolio. We are willing to take a look at new technology and have data available to students and faculty so they can do their research and look at real live data of this installation.” Temple signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, a climate action plan that set forth a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030. “Some of the benefits of solar energy and renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels, are that it’s a clean energy source,” Grady said. “We don’t have greenhouse gas emissions associated with power production.

“Yeah, I think it’s enough but I also think you need to take precautions yourself.”



Another benefit is that it’s a new industry, so in this installation we are also creating jobs in that industry and supporting the creation of green jobs.” Solar panels can improve an area’s air quality as well, according to the Office of Sustainability. Despite the high cost of the project, Grady and Creedon agreed it will be an important step in not just providing renewable energy sources, but in educating students and faculty with data and information about sustainable alternatives. Shayna Kleinberg can be reached at

This Friday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 1:50 pm, Education Abroad will offer an informational session for interested students called “Foundations of Study Abroad.” The presentation will take place in Room 200 of Tuttleman Learning Center and is open to all students. Foundations of Study Abroad will provide students with a broad overview of information pertaining to the study abroad program. The information presented is intended to help students who are interested in the idea of studying abroad but don’t have definite goals in mind for doing so. The presentation will detail how to start planning a semester, summer session or full year abroad, including information such as program options, application procedures, finances and travel essentials. Students can register online prior to the info session at


-Erin Edinger-Turoff

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Office of Sustainability will be touring the PECO building green roof at 23rd and Market Streets from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The 45,000 square feet of vegetation will be open to the public as part of the Fall 2013 Campus Sustainability Week. Students can meet at the Cecil B. Moore subway stop at 3:30 p.m. and must be 18 years or older to attend. Registration is free and can be completed at Contact Kathleen Grady at 215-204-1715 or with questions. -Jessica Smith

AVAILABLE FLU SHOTS Free flu shots are available across Main Campus for students, faculty and staff. All attending must present a TU I.D. upon arrival to receive their shot. Tuesday, Oct. 22 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Second Floor Cafeteria in Health Sciences Center Wednesday, Oct. 23 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Howard Gittis Student Center Room 217CD Tuesday, Oct. 29 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Owl Cove in Mitten Hall

Creedon oversees construction at Temple.| JACOB COLON TTN

“I think they’re helpful but they could be more inclusive of what’s exactly going on with each situation, to know the seriousness of it.”



If you’re unable to make these clinics, you can or call 215-204-7500 to schedule a flu shot appointment with Student Health Services. -Jessica Smith

“I don’t really think they do enough, I don’t find out about it until after it happens.”






Student workers keep owner young Bagel Hut owner Joann Ciallella likes to employ students. ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News Joann “Jo” Ciallella, owner of the Bagel Hut, has found the fountain of youth in North Philadelphia, all because of the company she keeps at work. “I’m content with where I am, it’s perfect for me,” Ciallella said. “We just have a good system going here and all of these young students are keeping me young, too.” Bagel Hut, the breakfast and lunch spot located at Montgomery Avenue and Liacouras Walk, has been in business on Main Campus for more than 18 years. Ciallella has owned the Hut for the past six years. Due to the Bagel Hut’s small size, Ciallella depends on a staff of student workers. Her employees to know their role as soon as they get into work and serve the long lines of customers in an efficient manner. Jessica Dorrin, a sophomore kinesiology major, has worked at Bagel Hut since last year and said she enjoys the environment, even when lines stretch down the sidewalk. “I love working there, it’s such an easygoing environment, even when we’re super busy,”

Dorrin said. “[Ciallella] makes working there that much better — she’s always so calm and in a good mood.” Ciallella said the feeling is mutual for her. She said she believes the owner-worker dynamic is vital to the success of her business. “All the girls who work here just know what to do when they come in, and they just know their jobs well,” Ciallella said. “We move fast, and we keep everyone happy.” Students who previously worked at Bagel Hut had positive memories of their time working with Ciallella. Laura Clark, an alumna and Dorrin’s cousin, said although she and a few of the girls who worked at Bagel Hut have graduated, they still keep in contact with each other and Ciallella. “I loved [the job] because it was like working with family, literally and figuratively,” Clark said. Family has always been of the utmost importance to Ciallella, she said. When she had her first child, she decided to work part-time in a restaurant rather than return to her previous fulltime job. Working for more than 20 years in the food industry led Ciallella to make the decision to be her own boss, hence her ownership of the Bagel Hut. “I like Temple a lot, the students are all great and always happy to eat,” Ciallella said.


“I’m from an Italian family, so I’m always asking people if they want something to eat, and Temple kids are content when they have their food.” Open every weekday starting at 6:30 a.m., Bagel Hut is often crowded during breakfast hours, particularly for students on the way to an 8 a.m. class. Although many other campus locations offer bagels, coffee and the like, Ciallella said she believes students flock to her stand because of its specialization and focus on bagels. “I don’t know what a lot of the other places do, but our bagels are delivered every morning, and we have individual pots for coffee instead of the big urns,” Ciallella said. “I get here every morning around 5:15 a.m. to open and wait for the delivery. Freshness is our main thing.” The original owners of the Hut served the same fare, and Ciallella said she decided to continue their menu for consistency. Owning the shop isn’t always an easy task, she said. With the small space that makes moving around difficult, impending cold weather that presents challenges. “When it’s colder, I try to keep the sliding front window closed if there’s no one in line, and I close the side window,” Ciallella said. “But it actually stays pretty warm in here with the toasters going and everyone

moving around.” There are more serious issues in operating the business, particularly during early morning hours when few people are present. In 2011, Ciallella was robbed of $250 shortly before opening time by a man who told her he needed money to support himself and his family. She said she now takes extra precautions, but hasn’t let the situation scare her from doing business. “Since then, the police are here every morning and their presence is always around,” Ciallella said. “I also don’t carry a lot of money with me anymore.” Due to heavy foot traffic near Alter and Ritter halls, Ciallella said she ends up talking to many students and can recognize familiar faces and orders. Ciallella said the most popular lunchtime choice is usually chicken salad, though she’s been surprised that the sliced lox has been one of the most indemand orders this year. “There are a few things that we serve that I don’t eat specifically because it’s not my style, but people seem to enjoy it,” Ciallella said. “If it makes you happy to eat it, then it makes me happy to serve you.” Ciallella said she recommends the bacon cheese melt for a newcomer, which can be served on any type of bagel. Kate Newman, a sophomore kinesiology major, said she stops

Ciallella enjoys working with students at her business, many of whom return to visit her. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN by when she has free time in the mornings to enjoy her favorite selection. “I really like how fast the service is, and their bacon cheese melts are great,” Newman said. “There’s also a vari-

ety of bagels and spreads, and their prices are good, too.” Ariane Pepsin can be reached at

Professor relies on acting experience in her classroom


Leah Walton teaches Art of Acting and is also in a current play, “Bunny Bunny.” KARLINA JONES The Temple News




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Former “Saturday Night Live” actress and comedian Gilda Radner is an inspiration to Art of Acting professor Leah Walton, who has had the opportunity to step into Radner’s shoes in her most recent professional acting work. The current graduate student and professor recently landed the leading role of Radner in the 1812 Productions play “Bunny Bunny.” The show will run through Oct. 27. at Independence Studio on 3 at the Walnut Street Theater, located at 825 Walnut St. “I have always admired Gilda Radner [since I was a] kid watching her on TV,” Walton said. “ I love her boldness, her dynamic character and variety of personality. My favorite skit of hers was ‘Roseanne Roseannadanna.’” Walton said she was able to connect with her childhood idol’s persona during rehearsals and channel her throughout the duration of the play to learn more about the character so that she could truly become Gilda Radner on the stage. One of Walton’s students, freshman psychology major Rachel Saybolt, had the opportunity to watch her professor perform in the play. “[Walton’s] mannerisms and delivery truly paid homage to every beautiful facet of Gilda Radner’s personality,” Saybolt said. She said she was blown away by Walton’s performance. As is proclaimed in its subtitle, “Bunny Bunny” is a “sort of romantic comedy” play written by Alan Zweibel, a close friend of Radner. It depicts the story of their strong friendship, which began in 1975 and takes the audience through the changes in their lives during all 15 years that they maintained that bond of friendship. The story begins with the start of their ca-

Leah Walton’s said being a professional actress helps her teach Art of Acting effectively. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN reers on SNL, which was where they first met. In its entirety, “Bunny Bunny” touches on the different relationships and lifestyles the two friends encountered. The production also intertwines some of Radner’s history prior to her friendship with Zweibel. Away from the stage, Walton manages to balance time in graduate school for her master of fine arts in acting at Temple with teaching and taking acting jobs whenever possible, such as her current lead role in “Bunny Bunny.” Though Walton maintains a busy schedule, she said she has developed particular strategies that allow her to prioritize her time. “It is tricky to balance professional acting, being a student and teaching, but I just take it seriously,” Walton said. “I try to bring my best self to every experience I’m having.” She said she believes that all three of these tasks boost her skills on all of the platforms from which she operates – as an actor, student and teacher. “Being an actor helps out,” Walton said. “It goes hand in hand. Work in the class helps as an actor, working as an actor helps in class as a teacher.” Her colleague and fellow Art of Acting instructor Joseph Guzman worked with Walton on various productions before she started teaching. He also maintained that acting in productions

can benefit the classroom environment. “[Walton] is good at articulating ideas and creates a very warm environment,” Guzman said. “She has a lot of experience acting. Acting is about process, it’s not about passing a bunch of information to students, but actively engaging them in this process, which is also what happens working on a production.” Walton said she enjoys every aspect of her acting career, as she can use her experience to enhance her teaching efforts. “I love teaching the Art of Acting,” she said. “I am always encouraged and inspired by my enthusiastic students.” Walton teaches the fundamental aspects of acting in her class, but she also encourages students to step outside of their comfort zone in order to connect with their acting ability. “She forces us to challenge reality and exercises our imagination, which I believe can be very therapeutic and exhilarating,” Saybolt said. “She coaches in a way that does not belittle or embarrass. In fact, I leave each class with newfound confidence. [Walton] is very empathetic to everyone’s varying abilities and comfort zones. However, she always manages to inspire us to take risks and redact our objectives as live characters.” Karlina Jones can be reached at




Health concerns masked by some makeup brands MAKEUP PAGE 7 harm and 10 the highest. The database has information on products as specific as individual brands and shades. With much hesitance, I put my own bag of beauty to the test. Out of the seven makeup products I put on my face daily, the site had information for three of them. My Bare Minerals powder foundation, eyelid primer and eye shadow all scored 1. My Nars blush, however, didn’t give me as much luck. The database didn’t have my exact shade, but similar colors scored as high as 7. This rating was mostly due to parabens, which have been linked to developmental toxicity, according to EWG. It’s a cruel world where a girl can’t achieve the perfect rosy flush without side effects. Nars turned out to be a repeat offender. My newly purchased lipstick in the shade “Niagra” had an overall score of 4, but one of its ingredients, retinal acetate, scored an 8. The ingredient has been linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive toxicity and non-reproductive organ system toxicity, according to EWG. Yikes. The two products not listed on the site, and arguably the most important of my routine, were Benefit Cosmetics’ Bad Gal Lash mascara and Erase Paste under-eye concealer. However, the other Benefit products listed on the site totaled an overall brand rating of 2, which is considerably lowrisk. Despite reading all of these concerning facts, I still have a hard time exiling my makeup collection to the bottom drawer. I have far from perfect skin, and lost fights with acne have left me with battle scars I feel I need to hide.

I also grew up in a setting where my mother never left the house without her hair and makeup done. Because, as she still puts it, “You never know who you are going to see.” Furthermore, being the only female sibling of four, I relished in the opportunity to be girly and it became the standard. I recall going in our basement to hang out with my brother, and he looked genuinely concerned when he asked me if I felt sick. “I feel fine,” I said. “I just took off my makeup.” “Oh, that must be it,” he said. I’ve been the girl who stuffs her evening bag with multiple makeup products at prom, and I’ve also been the girl who brings her cosmetics bag on a camping trip. At some point, the dependence has got to stop. As a challenge to myself, and to lay off all the toxicity, I’m going to swear off makeup for an entire week. I’ll be attending classes, concerts and social functions, all while bearing nothing but clean skin. While I’m nervous to see if I’m treated differently, I’m excited to see if the breathing room improves my skin. Be sure to read next week’s Quality of Life to see if I made it through without cracking — as a poorly applied concealer often does. Jenelle Janci can be reached at or on Twitter @jenelley.

See how Janci’s week of foregoing her daily makeup routine pans out in her Quality of Life column next week.

Student members of the American Institute of Architecture helped build a virtual environment to allow at-risk children to experience Halloween this Oct. 26 at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN

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derhorst said she had seen the positivity promoted by Spookytown and wanted to be more involved. She talked to the former co-coordinator of the event and agreed to be the new co-coordinator this year, along with professional interior designer Melissa Meyer. Vanderhorst said her goal is for this year’s Spookytown to be one of the most successful and highly attended to date. This year marks the event’s 10th anniversary. Spookytown will take place at the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center’s new offices on Columbus Boulevard with a riverfront view. This new location is in a more positive environment and the building itself is bigger and brighter, with more windows and an altogether better facility, Vanderhorst said. More children

have been attending the facility than before the new location was established. Vanderhorst said she is expecting somewhere between 70 to 90 children to attend Spookytown. “The 10th year anniversary is definitely special, although this will only be my second year participating,” Wandishin said. “It’s nice to know that young children can have a safe trickor-treating experience, and we get to have fun making Spookytown for them, too.” The event is held for at-risk preschoolers from ages three to five who live in unsafe neighborhoods or are in troubled families, Luise Moskowitz, media relations representative for the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, said. Children can zig-zag through corridors of Halloween

decorations and collect candy. After the trick or treat experience takes place, the children arrive in a room with a photo booth, balloon animals, a magician, face painting and a variety of food, Moskowitz said. As her personal touch on the ending festivities, Vanderhorst will hand out white tote bags for the children to color. In years past, the children have colored white T-shirts. Funding for Spookytown is generated by sponsors from businesses around Philadelphia. These sponsors receive ad space in the form of T-shirts and other publicity opportunities, depending on how much is donated. All of the spookery was set up on Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., when architecture students from Temple, Drexel and surrounding high schools meet.

These students split into groups and are given 8-by-4inch panels and free rein to create child-appropriate Halloween scenes from a variety of materials, including fabric, glue and staples. Each of the panels has a hole cut out for volunteers to hand out candy to the children as they make their way through the maze. The boards created on Oct. 19 will then be moved to the office of the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center to set up the night before Spookytown. “I usually miss the Homecoming football game every year to set up for the event, but I don’t regret it,” Vanderhorst said. “When October rolls around, I get really excited knowing Spookytown is right around the corner.” Kristi Fidler can be reached at


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Walker, running game improve against Army do in the first half of the season. The Owls had four passing plays that went for 30 or more yards on Saturday, all of which came on drives that ended with a touchdown. Three of those long plays occurred during Temple’s first two drives, marking the first time the team scored on its first drive and the second time it scored on its second drive. “When you face the option, you have to get up on offense,” coach Matt Rhule said. “I thought, for P.J.’s confidence, to go out and make the plays that he made.” Walker went 5 for 7 with 128 yards and a touchdown on those first two drives, finishing the game 10 for 16 with 203 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He also added 28 rushing yards. “I think the thing about P.J. is he has tremendous poise,” Rhule said. “Had we not been

up so much, he probably would have continued to throw for the third and fourth quarter, and thrown for a lot more yards... The thing I love about this guy, though, is that he recognizes it. He doesn’t make excuses.” Walker’s mobility and deep-ball accuracy have sparked the offense since he became the quarterback. Speedy receivers like Fitzpatrick and sophomore Robby Anderson have excelled with Walker under center. Fitzpatrick had his first 100-yard receiving game against Army, catching four passes for 128 yards. His catches of 45 and 37 yards are the two longest in his collegiate career. “I think we are trying to stretch the field a little bit more with me and Robby,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s fun and it’s a little different for me ... It’s helped P.J. getting comfortable in there, being the consistent starter now.”



“[Fitzpatrick] does a great job getting open,” Walker said. “With him getting open, I just have to put enough air under the ball for him to run under it, because of his speed, just as well as Robby Anderson and [sophomore John Christopher].” As the passing game has stabilized, the rushing attack has continued its solid play. Harper and freshman Zaire Williams combined for 144 yards on the ground against Army, a total only surpassed by their 186 yards versus Fordham. Harper and Williams, who have 726 collective rushing yards this year, are also threats on passing plays, with 168 and 117 receiving yards respectively this season. “It’s a good one-two punch,” Williams said. “We always talk during the game ... If the defense is doing something, he’ll come over and let

Preseason rankings released

The men’s and women’s basketball teams participated in Cherry & White night last Friday at the Liacourus Center. The season kicks off in early November | TIMOTHY VALSHTEIN TTN

Women ranked ninth

tional champion, was picked unanimously to finish first in the Cardinals’ only year in the conference. Louisville senior guard Russ Smith was selected as the American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year. Along with Smith, the all-conference first team includes Louisville forward Chane Benahan, Cincinnati guard Sean Kilpatrick, Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier and Memphis guard Joe Jackson. Smith, Napier and Jackson were all unanimous decisions. Benahan has since been indefinitely suspended by Louisville. The second team is Central Florida guard Isaiah Sykes, UConn guard Ryan Boatright, Houston forward TaShawn Thomas, Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell, South Florida guard Anthony Collins and USF forward Victor Rudd. Southern Methodist guard Keith Frazier was named the Preseason Conference Rookie of the Year. -Evan Cross

The American Athletic Conference held its inaugural women’s basketball media day on Oct. 19 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Montville, Conn. With the day’s events came the release of the conference’s coaches’ preseason poll, which has Temple slated to finish ninth out of the conference’s 10 teams, ahead of only the University of Houston. Defending national champion Connecticut will look to flex its status as a national powerhouse in a new conference, and was unanimously chosen by all voting coaches as the top-ranked team in the preseason poll. Louisville, the national runner-up a season ago, came in at No. 2 in the ranking. The American also announced the preseason All-Conference selections, Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year candidates, none of which included Temple. Coach Tonya Cardoza, senior Natasha Thames and graduate ShiHeria Shipp took part in the day’s events. Teams hold pep rally -Andrew Parent The Liacouras Center played Men picked fifth host to Cherry & White night last The men’s basketball team Friday, as the men’s and women’s was picked to finish fifth out of basketball teams took part in the 10 teams in the American Athletic homecoming weekend festivities. The Diamond Gems, the band Conference this season. and Hooter the Owl were in attenThe results were announced at The American’s media day on Oct. dance as fans got an early glimpse 20. Louisville, the defending na- of what the 2013-14 roster will hold for both teams.

Women’s coach Tonya Cardoza gave a brief speech encouraging fans to attend home games this season for all Temple sports. Men’s coach Fran Dunphy emphasized that his team faces a difficult schedule this season. The women’s team will open its schedule at La Salle on Nov. 8, while the men’s team will begin its season at the Palestra against Penn on Nov. 9. -Avery Maehrer

FOOTBALL Players receive honors Sophomore linebacker Tyler Matakevich was named to Phil Steele’s midseason All-American Athletic Conference first team and the nationwide All-American fourth team. Matakevich leads the nation with 78 solo tackles, 33 more than anyone else. He also leads the nation with 95 total tackles. Senior punter Paul Layton and freshman defensive back Jahad Thomas were named to Steele’s The American second team. Layton is ninth in the country and second in The American with 45.1 yards per punt. Thomas, who was honored for his kick returning, has not played enough games to qualify for the NCAA leaderboard. He has returned 11 kicks for 254 yards, an average of 23.1 yards per return. -Evan Cross

me know, or I’ll come over and let him know. We have a good relationship just talking to each other and making sure we got everything.” “He’s a little younger than me,” Harper said of Williams. “So we always have a little competition between each other, so it balances out pretty well.” Harper said the increased threat of long passes has helped the running game open up. “If they see a deep-ball threat, then they don’t know what you’re going to do,” Harper said. “It leaves them more vulnerable to little plays happening.” “What we’ve been trying to

do is play action,” Rhule said. “As the running game gets better, we’re able to get P.J. outside the box because he can use his athleticism and tuck it when he can. We’re trying to respond, really since Idaho, to what people are doing against us.” The Owls will be in Dallas this Saturday to take on Southern Methodist, a team that is No. 119, or fifth from the bottom, in the country in scoring defense. The Mustangs allow 40.8 points per game and have allowed at least 29 points in every game this season. Team members said they look to continue their momentum from the Army win. “There were kids out there

said. “I kind of lost it, I admit that. After I came back from that, I just got back to where I used to be.” “I think that shows you the development and the maturity that he is having,” Rhule said. “Before you can win, you have to have some discipline and you have to have some accountability. He’s buying in and it resulted in the kid making a play and running the ball back. He would not come out of the game. Even at the end of the game, he wanted to stay in the game. I’m proud of him.” Going forward, Snow said the staff has yet to determine whether Smith will remain as linebacker. “We told him if he didn’t play good at linebacker we’d put him at nose guard next week,” Snow said with a laugh. Army entered Saturday’s match-up against the Owls after scoring 50 points against Eastern Michigan, as the Black Knights tallied 551 total yards. Snow put together a strategy that Temple executed, particularly in the first half when Army failed to score. The Black Knights were limited to 338 total yards. Snow attributed the difference in Saturday’s game compared to the previous six in a simplification of the defensive

strategy — last week at Cincinnati, the plan had more of a “variety.” The issue so far this season defensively, Snow said, has been execution. Like Snow, Rhule said the defense is missing an identity. On Saturday, it got the job done. “They kept going out there, wanting to play in the second half,” Rhule said. “Our old defenses, you didn’t really want to play them. People didn’t want to block Muhammad [Wilkerson]. I thought they kept going out there, and I knew they would make some plays. I thought if we were aggressive and had some tenacity that we would be OK. They did that, and they kept playing. It was fun to watch.” Army junior quarterback Angel Santiago was injured during the first half, but had only thrown for four yards in two passing attempts during the first quarter, in which he played in its entirety. Junior running back Terry Baggett was one of the biggest threats to the defense, coming off of his performance last week when he collected 304 rushing yards against the Eagles, breaking the school record. In Saturday’s game, Baggett tallied 27 yards, ranking fifth on the Army roster. Sophomore Tyler Matakevich led the Owls again in tackles

starting today that started the year on the scout team,” Rhule said. “Those kids have been through it and they weathered the storm, and they have come back and worked and worked and worked. That, to me, is how you build something. You build something with work ethic, and eventually that results in wins.” “This was the time to get [a win] and we got it,” Walker said. “And I think from now on, things are going to keep moving in the right direction.” Evan Cross can be reached at or on Twitter @EvanCross.

Defense looks for identity



with 13. Matakevich also deflected and then caught a pass from Army’s Kelvin White during the fourth quarter for his first interception of the season. Tavon Young also intercepted a White pass, his first of the season as well. Next week, the Owls will travel to Dallas to face a 2-4 SMU team that is coming off a victory against Memphis. The defensive plan is set to change again. “Like the complete opposite,” Snow said. “We’re having D-linemen sitting on the line, reading and getting over blocks. Next week we want them to get vertical, which has been a problem for us — we have not rushed the passer well all year. It’s hard to stop a Cincinnati or SMU if you’re not rushing the passer. So we’ve got to generate some pass rush next week if we’re going to play SMU tough.” “It’s been a while since we got a win,” Smith said. “But you know what? It can’t stop here. We can’t get complacent. Take this win, enjoy how it feels now. And when Monday comes, we have to get right back to the drawing board.” Avery Maehrer can be reached at or on Twitter@AveryMaehrer.




Blowout victory a game of firsts Newcomers contributed during 11-0 rout of St. Joe’s. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News

Jackie Krostek’s father, Richard, gives his daughter a kiss after Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. | SERGEI BLAIR TTN

Fifth-year returns for Ambler finale “But it’s hard for me to just walk away when I know I have just a little bit left,” Krostek added. “This is the last time I’ll get to play this level of soccer, compete at this level with a purBRIEN EDWARDS pose, with the team. I love the The Temple News team. I love Temple soccer. I Fifth-year forward Jackie think I would regret it more not Krostek refused to be hindered playing than if I play and then got hurt again.” by her knee injury. As one of Temple’s few “I have no fear in my knee,” veteran presences, Krostek said Krostek said. “I don’t even think that although she could not about it when I’m playing. I physically take the field, she guess people normally should. found ways to assist her teamI’m trying WOMEN’S SOCCER to be like an mates. “You feel like part of the Adrian Peteam, but it’s hard because terson. I’m just going to be like you’re not contributing,” Krosa bull in a china shop.” tek said. “My biggest thing, beKnee surgery forced Krosing the 12th man on the bench, is tek to miss every game this seathat whether we’re up or we’re son, but after months of rehadown, whether we’re winning bilitation, she was able to make or we’re losing, I have to try to her debut on Senior Day and keep encouraging the girls. This now has a chance to salvage her whole season I’ve just tried to final season. look at the glass as half full.” “Hopefully she can help us Determined to return to the the rest of the season,” coach soccer field, while her teamSeamus O’Connor said. “She’s mates battled without her, Krosa real good player, real quality tek spent her player. If we can time rehabbing sneak her back the injured knee for a couple of with one goal in games, a playoff mind: playing game, that would on Senior Day. be a big boost.” “I made On Oct. 20, sure I was in Temple loss its there five days Senior Day game a week, doing to Cincinnati what my trainer 2-1. The game told me to do,” was Temple’s fiKrostek said. nal home game “ F r o m of the year, but Jackie Krostek / forward what I saw in it was also KrosAugust to now, tek’s first start it’s such a huge improvement,” and first minutes of playing time O’Connor said. “It comes down since last year. to determination. She’s just Prior to the game against been working hard. She never, Cincinnati, Krostek was inacever quit. She just put in work tive for every game this season and put in more work.” due to a torn ACL. This wasn’t Months of rehabilitation the first time in her career that and treatment paid off for Krosshe was physically unable to tek as she made her final appearplay for large stretches of time. ance at the Ambler Sports ComIn her junior year, Krostek plex, donning her No. 8 Owls also suffered a torn ACL in the jersey and celebrating her jourOwls’ first game of the season ney with her family and friends. against Iona. Sidelined by the “Senior Day is going to be knee injury, Krostek was redthe most special day of your colshirted in 2011, granting her an lege career,” Krostek said. “I’m extra season of eligibility. Krostek recovered from emotional just thinking about it surgery in time for the 2012 now. My goal was to play Seseason, where she played in 14 nior Day, and the fact that I got games, but she would face yet to my __goal, put in all that hard another setback. In a conference work, I’m able to play these last match against St. Bonaventure, games.” Krostek not only tore her ACL, Brien Edwards can be reached but also damaged her meniscus, at sidelining her once again. or on Twitter @BErick1123. “There were definitely days when I was pessimistic about the situation,” Krostek said. “Maybe I should just give it up. Maybe I should just stop and realize I have the rest of my life to deal with this knee.”

Redshirt senior was inactive before game against Cincinnati.

“This is the last

time I’ll get to play this level of soccer, compete at this level with a purpose, with the team.

The ice hockey team’s 11-0 victory over St. Joseph’s last Friday was a day of firsts for a handful of Owls. In what was Temple’s first ICE HOCKEY shutout victory of the season, freshmen defensemen Tyler Benton and Matt Krulikowski both netted their first career goals and junior goaltender Brendan Hallmark recorded a shutout in his first career game. For Hallmark, he was going to have his chance to prove his talents well in advance of last Saturday’s game. “I kind of gave him a twoweek notice,” coach Ryan Frain said. “I told him, ‘Hey, guess what? You’re going against [St. Joe’s]. So get yourself mentally prepared and come ready to play.’” The two-week heads up before getting the nod was something Hallmark said he appreciated. “Of course the longer you

have, the better it is,” Hallmark said. “But I just went through a normal routine and tried to keep it simple, and I guess it worked. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity.” Hallmark admitted that before the game, he was a bit nervous. “But once I got into the game that was the way to just focus on the game, and the technical aspect of the game got better as I played,” Hallmark said. “He looked sharp tonight,” Frain said. “He showed up to the rink and you could tell that he was ready to go. I was very proud of the way that Hallmark played tonight. He was sharp from start to finish and he had an awesome game.” Hallmark, though, gave credit to his teammates. “The guys put up a good effort,” Hallmark said. “It was a good team effort, so they made it easy for me.” In scoring his first career goal, Benton, a grinder-type of player from Sewell, N.J., scored in a manner that was consistent with his style of play. “He’s a gritty player,” Frain said. “He goes out there, he knows his role, he gets the puck in deep and he throws his body around. He’s a gritty player and he scored a gritty goal. Go-

ing right to the net, the puck bounced in front of him and he just slammed it home.” “I was very excited,” Benton said. “It was a great experience for me. The ‘D’ really played well tonight and helped me get the goal.” Krulikowski, known affectionately as “Kurly” by his teammates, scored his first career goal in a more peculiar fashion. After getting the puck at the point, Krulikowski fired the puck on net and had it deflect off of the back side of a Hawks player before rolling right into the net. Frain, however, saw it as a goal the Owls should try to set up more often. “What we’ve been preaching is get the puck up to the ‘D’ men,” Frain said. “Especially if the opposing teams’ wingers are dropping really low, once we gain possession, just throw it up to the point and have our defensemen throw it on net and crash and see what happens.” “It feels great to get the first one on there,” Krulikowski said on scoring his first career goal. “So hopefully now that I’ve got the monkey off of my back, I’ll be able to pop in a couple more before the end of the year.” “Kurly has been playing well,” Frain said. “He’s a big

body, he knows his role. He keeps it simple and doesn’t try to out think himself. He’s going to be playing a lot more minutes if he keeps this up.” Even though the goal was off of a very fortuitous deflection, all that matters for Krulikowski is that it landed in the goal. “I don’t care how the puck goes in,” Krulikowski said with a chuckle. “A goal is a goal, to be honest with you,” Frain said. “I know it went off of a St. Joe’s player’s rear end and then kind of rolled in the net, but hey, it doesn’t matter. A goal is a goal, and nobody can really tell if it’s pretty or not if it’s on the score sheet.” In a day of firsts, Frain sees this as a good problem to have. “We have a lot of depth,” Frain said. “Everyone wants to play and it’s making my job a lot harder when guys like Hallmark, Benton and Krulikowski work their asses off when they actually get the chance, and then actually put up some numbers, too. But it’s a good problem for me to have.” Samuel Matthews can be reached at or on Twitter@SJMatthews13.

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Owls finished in the Top 5 in three tournaments: The Doc Gimmler, the Hartford Hawk Invitational, and the Temple Invitational. After one round of play at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate, the Owls were in first place. Inconsistency with finishing tournaments plagued the Owls for much of the fall season. “We would play alright the first two rounds and we never really played terrible the last round, we just never had a good round,” Crescenzo said. “We probably played average the first round, we just never had that final good round to help us get a win.” Eighth-year coach Brian Quinn is taking a different out-

look on how things played out this fall. “Overall it’s been a good season,” Quinn said. “We’re trying to find a four and a five guy. We’ve had [senior] Russell Hartung step up a little bit in the last couple of tournaments. Hopefully he’ll solidify that five spot. Evan Galbreath, the freshman, I think he’ll really come into his own this spring, so that will help us moving forward.” Matthews and Teesdale continue to be looked upon for leadership. “Brandon is a great example for all his teammates,” Quinn said. “Matt and Brandon’s work ethic, without a doubt, you just can’t get enough. They work extremely hard.” Crescenzo, a veteran of the

team, said he can fine tune some aspects of his game to become a stronger player. Crescenzo ended his fall season with a fifthplace finish at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate. “Definitely not as good as I’d like,” Crescenzo said of the fall season. “I had a chance to win one of the tournaments and I kind of just played bad on the second round. I’m a little disappointed with how I played at my home course and our home course [the Philmont Counrtry Club].” Quinn has been patient with the youth on the team, and is looking forward to new additions to the roster – including Patrick Ross, who transferred from the University of Hartford. “We have a lot of young

talent on the team,” Quinn said. “Next year we’re going to be really good. We have Pat Ross waiting in the wings. He’ll be a redshirt senior, so we’ll only have him for one year. He is a phenomenal player, though.” Temple will face a tough spring schedule, Quinn and his players said. Based on previous seasons, the Owls will return to action sometime around March. “We have a really tough schedule this spring, so if we have a couple of good finishes there, that’s going to be huge for our program,” Quinn said. Chase Senior can be reached at or on Twitter @Chase_Senior.

Owls go undefeated on homestand leaders for the Owls, tallying a has been kind to the Owls so far. nes said. “This is a great bunch “We are feeling more con- of girls on the team this year that total of 56 and 50 kills respectively during the homestand. fident playing with each other,” has developed a team chemisThe team currently averages sophomore Sandra Sydlik said. try that makes it easier to play “When we play here at home we on the court. They know where 233 attendees per game. RICH FOGEL “We really wanted to fin- have such a great comfort level each player is going to be, they ish out our home stretch going with McGonigle that it makes talk a lot and the communicaThe Temple News 5-0,” Mautatia said. “We have us play a lot better. Coach Ga- tion has gotten so much better The Owls continue to de- a home court advantage for the nes always harps on winning at since the start of the year.” first time in, really, all of my home, because it is a whole new “We’re growing really fend their home court. ball game on the road trying to time here. It’s awesome to play strong as a team,” Burkert said. With its most recent win on get wins in this conference.” in these home games when the “We know how everyone is goSunday against Rutgers, Temple After nearly a month withfans come out and support us ing to play and we know where swept a five-match homestand out a road match, Temple now like this. To be able to still be everyone is going to be. The and is 7-1 at McGonigle Hall has to prepare for a trip to Florundefeated at home at this point coaching staff has us really prethis season. ida. The Owls are scheduled to in the season is awesome.” pared for each match and we “Our goal face Central Florida and South “So many people have are starting to really click on all VOLLEYBALL coming into this Florida next weekend. Temple come out to watch us play,” cylinders, and when you go 5-0 home stretch was split its most recent road matchBurkert added. “It’s fantastic. It on a homestand it just makes the to win all the matches,” coach es, beating Cincinnati and fallmakes it so much fun for us. It team confidence and chemistry Bakeer Ganes said. “We wanted ing to Louisville. feels really good to win here at that much better.” to get the maximum out of this “We have made some prostretch to give us a little cushion home.” Rich Fogel can be reached at McGonigle Hall was renogressions and hope to continue going into next week, because it vated with new graphics ahead this for the rest of the season and is so tough to win on the road.” of the 2013 season. The court be even more successful,” GaTemple collected wins against Southern Methodist University, Houston, Conneticut , Rutgers and Memphis during the streak and is now 6-1 in the conference, and 15-4 overall. Its only loss came in a road match against conference leader Louisville. The Owls are now alone in second place behind the Cardinals. “We have proven that we can compete with the competitive teams in this conference,” Ganes said. “We have to move forward and play like this on the road. I think we will have momentum because of this winning streak.” Seniors Gabriella Matautia and Elyse Burkert continue to be Senior Elyse Burkert collected 50 kills during Temple’s recent homestand. | HUA ZONG TTN

Team wins five straight, all against conference foes.



Father’s passing inspires redshirt sophomore though Steinman had not practiced with it yet. “We were there to support her,” coach Amanda Janney said. “We try to be welcoming and knew how much she was hurting. We made sure that she knew we were there to support her.” The support continued throughout the summer and into August when preseason practice began. “It was really cool to see that before I even really knew my teammates, that they were already there for me,” Steinman said. “Then in August, when we did start practicing, they were just always so uplifting and really helped me push through it all.” Steinman took a redshirt in her first year with the team and then worked her way into a starting role the next season, starting all 21 of the Owls’ games in 2012. This season has been much of the same, as Steinman has started in all 15 games this season and even tallied her first goal during a game against Villanova. She has also collected two assists this season, one of which

was during a game against a nationally ranked Penn State squad. As all of this is happening, the loss of Steinman’s father is still fresh in her mind. “She just handled it amazingly,” Janney said. “It would be easy for a player to not want to go to college or continue playing after such a traumatic, lifechanging event. Rachel found it as a way to motivate herself, and she honors her dad every time she plays. It’s been great to see her mature and grow and turn it into a motivating factor for her. We know she is still hurting a lot about it.” Steinman honors her father through other means, too. She has a tattoo on her shoulder blade of a black ribbon with his initials, DDS, inside. She wears a wristband with his initials on it. At the funeral, Steinman and her three childhood best friends, Cassidy Arner, Leigh High and Brooke Oliver, performed Jimmy Eat World’s “Hear You Me,” with Steinman on guitar and her friends providing vocals. “It was an amazing feeling


that they were literally with me to the end,” Steinman said. “Just having so much support from my three friends was amazing to have.” “I’m still amazed by Rachel’s strength,” High said. “It was a very sudden thing for her and senior year was a tough year for all of this to happen and then going right into college, she’s amazing. It doesn’t seem like it slowed her down at all if anything I think it made her stronger and stronger on the field.” The Owls have been enjoying one of their best seasons in program history, going 11-4 with four games remaining, as they are currently ranked No. 16 in the nation. “He’s definitely very proud of me,” Steinman said. “I’m sure he is bummed that he can’t be here, but he would be proud and definitely excited to see that I can compete at the Division I level. That’s what he wanted out of me ever since I started playing field hockey — to play at a very high level.” Nick Tricome can be reached at

ANDREW PARENT The Temple News In the final tune-up before the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship meet, some of the men’s younger runners promptly proved their worth. Sophomores Owen Glatts, Ryan DebarCROSS COUNTRY berie and Will Maltin all followed the Owls’ senior leader Will Kellar to solid finishes at a particularly chilly and damp Leopard Invitational at Lafayette College Saturday. Kellar felt his individual race could have been better, but still checked in at fifth overall with a 25 minute, 45.38 second mark. “I went into the meet feeling like s---,” Kellar said. “I was beat up the prior week in workouts and I was just feeling dead with heavy legs and not feeling too confident about the race. I wasn’t disappointed at all [with

how I ran], but I wasn’t thrilled. It was an average to good performance...and it was a good indicator of where I’m at.” Glatts (56th), Debarberie (65th) and Maltin (72nd) came in as the next three Temple runners to finish with times of 27:30.87, 27:46.03 and 27:50.62, respectively. The sophomore trio chipped in key points to complement Kellar’s Top 5 finish in the Owls’ seventh place finish among the 12 competing teams. This race came two weeks after the men struggled to a 26th place overall finish at Lehigh University’s Paul Short Invitational Oct. 5. “It’s a much different feel when there’s 150 people racing around you than when there’s 350 like at Paul Short,” coach James Snyder said. “Our kids did a much better job just executing the plan that we had. I still think there’s room to grow, but the progress has been made from two weeks ago to now. We believe we can make even more progress going into the conference meet.” The men’s younger runners couldn’t have shown up at

a better time in mid-October, especially with the conference meet looming in two weeks on Nov. 2. They also made up key ground for one of their marquee runners in redshirt-sophomore Alex Izewski who, per distance coach James Snyder, aggravated an ongoing lower back injury and struggled to a 28:01.37 mark. “Alex had a back issue,” Snyder said. “He’s been dealing with some low back pain and it locked up on him early in the race and that happens to him especially when it’s cold outside. His fitness is certainly a world beyond what he ran, but he just was hurt all the way through it. He’s in much better shape than this race would indicate.” “We’re still looking for Alex to be up there with [Kellar],” Snyder added. Glatts bested his Paul Short Invitational mark of 28:00 by about 30 seconds and crossed as the team’s second runner. Debarberie, who placed fifth on the team with a 28:40 mark at Lehigh two weeks ago, ran nearly a minute faster and followed up Glatts as the Owls’ third finisher on a Lafayette course that the


THURSDAY WSOC at Memphis 7 p.m.

FRIDAY FH vs. Georgetown 3 p.m. WVB at UCF 7 p.m. ICE vs. Maryland 9:20 p.m.

SATURDAY FB at SMU (ESPN3) 3 p.m. Rachel Steinman has a tattoo on her left shoulder of a black ribbon with her father’s initials: DDS. | PAUL KLEIN TTN

Runners show promise at Leopard Invitational Senior finished fifth at the Lafayettehosted event.


Lansdale, Pa., native said was tougher than the Leopard Invitational course last year as well as Lehigh. “That course was easier last year and I only ran five seconds faster [last year],” Debarberie said. “Last year we ran around a soccer field twice and this year we had to ran up two hills instead.” “I started out the first mile coming out pretty fast,” Debarberie added. “I was up front with [Kellar and Izewski] and I felt good at that point. Midway through the race I dropped back a little bit, but felt good and felt that I was running a fast time. Running with Glatts and Maltin, we ended up picking off some people at the end.” The improved men’s showing reflected its progression through the past two weeks, but Snyder said there is still room to grow. “[Glatts] and [Debarbarie] were our No. 2 and No. 3 men today and two weeks ago they were No. 4 and No. 5,” Snyder said. “I was pleased with the opportunity they had, but there’s still room to grow and improve. It’s a step in the right direction,

but we need another three or four steps to get to where we need to be.” With the final pre-conference meet test now behind them, Snyder said he’s excited to see what his young men’s squad could accomplish when they run up against The American exclusive competition at the University of Connecticut hosted meet. “We still know we’re very young and we still have to prove [ourselves],” Snyder said. “We’re starting to get some answers to some of those questions, but it’s always fun to see who steps up on the big stage. There are guys who are gamers and guys that aren’t. “We could all be fit and fast and everybody can run well, but who runs well on the day of biggest stage separates themselves from average Joes to champions,” Snyder added. “I’m curious to see from our kids who will take the challenge, step up and take advantage of the opportunity on the big stage.” Andrew Parent can be reached at or on Twitter @daParent93.

WFENCE in Temple Open All Day WROWING in Head of the Schuylkill Regatta All Day MCREW in Head of the Schuylkill Regatta All Day

SUNDAY MSOC at UCF 1 p.m. WSOC at Rutgers 1 p.m. WVB at USF 1 p.m. FH at Lafayette 2 p.m. ICE at Wagner 8 p.m. WLAX in Philly 5 Tourney All Day MCREW in Princeton Chase All Day

Team wraps up season at ITAs Fall season continues Men’s squad improved its record from last fall. DANIELLE NELSON The Temple News The tennis coaching staff made some adjustments before the fall season — new conditioning coaches and new courts, to name a few. Coach Steve Mauro decided to place more of an emphasis on team fitness, MEN’S TENNIS sophomore Maros Januvka said “At the beginning of the season, we did a lot of running,” Januvka said. “We did a 1.5mile run and we had to do it under 9.5 minutes. Right now, we work in the gym to strengthen our core. We also do a lot of abs. So now we are fitter, so we last a lot longer in matches.” With a few changes came results. The men’s tennis team ended the fall season with a total record of 50-37. This is a stark contrast from a year ago, when the team finished the fall season with an 16-33 record. The team played in five tournaments this fall: the Navy Invitational, Princeton Invitational, Penn Invitational, Lehigh Invitational and last weekend’s United States Tennis Association/Intercollegiate Tennis Association

Atlantic Regional Championships at the University of Virginia. The men were even able to play at home during the Penn Invitational because of a lack of available court space at University of Pennsylvania. During the five weeks of competition, the tennis team faced several teams that the Owls were unsuccessful against last year. “Individually and as a team we did really well this season,” junior Kristian Marquart said. “We beat a lot of teams that we lost to last year, like Duquesne, Lehigh and especially Navy.” “We played really well during the Navy tournament,” Januvka said. “I don’t think we have ever won against Navy.” Individually, players showed a lot of improvement compared to last season. Sophomore Hicham Belkssir struggled during his first season at Temple, garnering a 1-6 singles record last fall. Belkssir had trouble getting acclaimed to a difference in the surface of the hard court, as opposed to the clay courts in his native country Morocco. Now, with a year under his belt, Belkssir was able to end the season with an 11-4 record, even starting off the season with a six-game winning streak. Sophomores Nicolas Pau-

lus, Sam Rundle and Santiago Canete all ended the season with winning records. All three have combined for a 26-13 record. The newest addition to the team, freshman Vineet Naran, made a relatively smooth transition from high school to collegiate tennis while finishing with a 4-4 record. “Everyone has been working hard and stepping it up,” Mauro said. “I am just happy how the guys came together as a team this season. I am proud of the way everyone has performed.” As a result of the team’s fall season success, all the players were invited to the ITAs to compete against some of the country’s top players. Canete and Marquart were selected to compete in the singles main draw, while the others competed in the singles qualifying draw. Canete won his first round match in a straight set and advanced to the second round, where he dropped his match. Marquart, one of the team’s top players, was not as successful in his match because of an ongoing back injury that has been problematic for him this season. He was unable to compete in the Penn and Lehigh tournaments, which led up to the ITAs. As a result, Marquart had the worst singles record this

season at 1-4. “It is not the first time I have had this back injury,” Marquart said. “This also happened three years ago when I was playing a tournament in Austria. When it happened again, I realized that it was pretty much the same thing. Overall, I am happy with my performance in practice and matches. It is just unfortunate that the last two-anda-half weeks I couldn’t play. That is why I couldn’t perform to my potential.” Marquart said he’s confident that his back injury will not be a factor when the spring season rolls around. “I have two months to take care of it, so it will not be an issue in the spring,” Marquart said. Although the team will not have any more competitive matches this season, the Owls will still be practicing in preparation for their inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference, which begins Jan. 17 at the VCU 4+1 Invite. “We are pretty much going to be doing the same thing that we have been doing all season long,” Mauro said. “We have the same schedule. Our sport is the same all year long. There is not much of an off season.” Danielle Nelson can be reached at or on Twitter@Dan_Nels.

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about how to handle herself and to try to take notes so next year she can make it even a better experience. Just to build off of this one, because it’s been great to have been in Boston with these girls.” One of the most important positions in rowing is the coxswain. The quarterback of the boat, sophomore Kelsey Franks, is responsible for knowing the course, calling out orders and keeping the boat in sync. “Definitely the course [was different],” Franks said. “Last weekend it was our home course [on the Schuylkill] and there’s really no turn at all. It’s a straight shot, and this course, it’s major turns. First, you go straight, you turn a hard right and then turn hard left after that. It’s basically not only me knowing and being one step ahead of the course, but preparing the rowers as well for what’s coming up.” Franks said the Head of the Charles is as much a social gathering as it is a regatta. “It’s a fall race, so spring races are obviously more competitive,” Franks said. “So it’s more of a social event, everyone’s cheering for each other, everybody’s seeing what crews

do. It’s not totally competitive, where everybody is like superfocused. It’s where you get to talk to other teams that maybe you wouldn’t see the rest of the year and it’s the biggest regatta we’ll go to all year. It’s really exciting.” Grzybowski said she approached the Head of the Charles just like she would any other race. “We approach every race sort of keeping it all in perspective,” Grzybowski said. “It’s the fall, [which] isn’t our main championship season, so it’s nice just to have such a big event to anticipate and to motivate and to use as a goal during the fall, but it’s not our main event. It leaves us with the attitude, this is where we are at with the season right now, so let’s go have a great race, and use it as a building block to catapult into the winter.” Steve Bohnel can be reached at, or on Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1.


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The volleyball team went undefeated during its recent five-match stretch at McGonigle Hall. PAGE 20

The basketball teams hold a preseason pep rally, football players receive honors, other news and notes. PAGE 19



Defense steps up in victory

The Owls found success in simplifying their strategy. AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor

Big plays bring relief in first win Matt Rhule earned his first win as head coach in a Homecoming match-up against Army last Saturday. EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor


.J. Walker dropped back after faking a quarterback sneak on third-and-1. The defense was fooled by the fake, with nine defenders rushing to the line of scrimmage, leaving two defensive backs to chase Jalen Fitzpatrick down the field. Walker lofted the ball past the defenders and

into Fitzpatrick’s extended arms. The junior wideout fell into the end zone for Temple’s second score of the day, a 37-yard pass that put the Owls ahead in the first quarter of their 33-14 win. “We’ve been practicing that play all week,” Walker, a freshman quarterback, said. “We called it just to ensure that we would make a big play. I wasn’t going to take anything less. Jalen went out there, beat the guy on the stutter and kept it running. I saw him out there

open. I had to make a perfect throw, and Jalen made a great catch and the O-line did a great job protecting.” “It kind of didn’t work as much as we wanted it to,” Fitzpatrick said. “But just enough.” The Owls (1-6, 0-3 American Athletic Conference) never trailed in the 33-14 victory against Army (3-5) in the Homecoming game. It was coach Matt Rhule’s first victory as head coach. “I think we really needed it,” ju-

nior running back Kenny Harper said. “It kind of lets everybody take a deep breath...We still got to keep pushing. We still got five games left, but it definitely was good to get the first one. That’s the biggest one, getting the first one, and then look for number two.” Fitzpatrick’s touchdown, which capped a 10-play, 99-yard drive, was a successful execution of a long play, something Temple had struggled to



Earlier this season, defensive coordinator Phil Snow was pondering a question about his group of athletes: “What is our identity?” After Saturday’s 33-14 win against Army, Snow FOOTBALL still doesn’t have the answer. “Unfortunately, some of our older kids haven’t helped us with our identity,” Snow said. “When you’re young, what is your identity? You do what you’re supposed to do. That’s been an issue with this group. We’re working through it and getting better.” As the defense continues to adjust, however, Snow can take solace with the fact that his squad was a major contributing factor to Temple’s first victory since Nov. 17, 2012. Through the Owls’ first six games — and losses — of the 2013 season, the defense failed to score or force a turnover. Sophomore defensive end/ linebacker Nate D. Smith would change that statistic after recovering a fumble by Army’s Kelvin White and running into the end zone to extend Temple’s lead to 26-0 during the second quarter. Smith was moved by coach Matt Rhule to linebacker and named a captain for Saturday’s game. Smith was suspended during the spring Cherry & White game for being late to practice. “I had to go back out there and get that hunger back,” Smith


Owls Athlete copes with family loss Results varied in finish Boston regatta second Redshirt sophomore’s father died before her arrival at Temple.

Fall season ends with the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate. CHASE SENIOR The Temple News The Owls completed their fall season with a second-place finish at the Barnabas Health Intercollegiate TournaGOLF ment on Monday, as sophomore Brandon Matthews won the title. Expectations for Temple were high going into the fall season, but as the Owls wrapped up their schedule yesterday, members of the team have mixed reactions on how well they performed. “I would probably say not so good,” senior Matt Crescenzo said. “For as good as we are, we definitely probably should have won two of the tournaments so far. We set ourselves in position after the first round or two. We had a little trouble finishing it.” Temple entered the season with a proven Top 3 in Matthews, junior Matt Teesdale and Crescenzo, but the last two positions were up for grabs. The


NICK TRICOME The Temple News

Rachel Steinman’s father, Dean, played a big role in the redshirt-sophomore midfielder/ defender’s field hockey career. “Ever since I was little, when I started field hockey in the second FIELD HOCKEY grade, and ever since then he always took me to all my practices and tournaments,” Steinman said. “He went to every single

game, and he just always pushed me through the hard times with field hockey, and he just kept me in the sport. I definitely have to thank him for where I am today.” Steinman’s father passed away in June 2011 from melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer, while Steinman was preparing to make the transition from high school into college. “It came on very quickly,” Steinman said. “I don’t know how I coped with it, but I thought it was going to be such a hard transition coming from home and leaving and going into Temple. I definitely have to thank my teammates. They have

supported me through all of this so much, and they are always here to talk, and they understand a lot of things I’m going through.” Steinman’s family was also there for her, as she was for them. “We were all on the same boat,” Steiman said “We were all feeling the same thing, so we stuck together, and we knew that we would get through the hard times, but my family supports me all the time. We are all supportive of each other.” The majority of the team attended the funeral service, even


Rachel Steinman collected one assist during Temple’s recent win over Appalachian State. The redshirt sophomore scored her first goal this season against Villanova. | PAUL KLEIN TTN

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Temple compete in the world’s largest two-day regatta. STEVEN BOHNEL The Temple News

Boston is often considered one of the rowing hotspots in the United States. Perhaps not coincidentally, the heralded Head of the Charles Regatta ROWING takes place in the same city. Temple had the opportunity to enter one boat in last year’s event. But this year, increased funding allowed the Owls to send three boats to the Charles River. In the Club Fours race, Temple’s two boats finished 11th and 15th out of 45 teams. In the Championship Eights race, the Owls struggled, finishing last out of 39 teams. Still, the team’s participation in the regatta was viewed as beneficial. “It’s been really fun to be able to share it with that many more women, to be able to have three chances to represent Temple has been awesome,” coach Rebecca Grzybowski. “It’s been fantastic.” Grzybowski said she has a personal attachment to this regatta. She attended the College

of the Holy Cross, located 45 miles outside of Boston. “Head of the Charles has been one of my favorite races since I was an undergrad,” Grzybowski said. “So to bring these women up here to experience something they’ve never experienced before, and just see how big rowing is in general, it’s just really fun to see their eyes open up real wide at the size and the spectacle of the event.” Sharing the experience has been another highlight for the second-year coach. “It’s definitely what they call it, the ‘festival of rowing,’” Grzybowski said. “It’s just a big celebration of all things rowing, so it’s just been really fun to be a part of that and be able to share with them.” Senior captain Sarah Barber said she was amazed at the crews the Owls competed with. “We got to race against some really class crews, and just the energy on the race course was just really different than on the Schuylkill [River],” Barber said. “It was a really great experience for everyone.” “I’m here with my younger sister [Stephanie], who is a sophomore,” Barber added. “So I’ve been kind of talking to her


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Issue for 22 October 2013.


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