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Move to Big East develops Media sources have said Temple’s athletic conference upgrade appears imminent. BRIAN DZENIS JOHN MORITZ The Temple News Temple officials are reported to be in talks with the Big East Conference regarding the Owls joining the league for all sports in Fall 2012. The New York Times broke the story on Wednesday, Feb. 22, citing a source “briefed on the talks.” Temple athletic teams currently compete in the Atlantic Ten Conference in all sports except football, which competes in the Mid-American Conference, and gymnastics, which competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference. MAC commissioner Jon A. Steinbrecher issued a statement the same day, responding that the conference is “aware that Temple has been in discussions with the Big East.” To leave the MAC, a school would have to provide a twoyear notice and pay a $2.5 million exit fee. Leaving the A-10 would require a $2 million exit fee and a one-year notice. Terms for a more immediate exit would have to be negotiated. Temple had also been in talks about joining a merger between Conference-USA and the Mountain West Conference. “I think it’s an outstanding opportunity for Temple University, the students themselves, the athletes, as well as the university as a whole,” said Frederick Saporito, a junior sports and recreation management major, and vice president of marketing for the Cherry Crusade, Temple’s official student section. “This can only help being in a major conference, people will recognize [that] you’re in the Big East.” The Big East has to fill gaps in its scheduling after ending a legal dispute with West Virginia University earlier this month, allowing the school to leave the conference for the Big 12 before


OPINION UNBIASED OWNERSHIP, p.5 Alexis Sachdev explores newspaper ownership and argues that a better model would be employee-based ownership.

LIVING SPRING BREAK, p.7 The Temple News offers its top local destinations for a relaxing and exciting spring break getaway.

A&E TIM & ERIC, p.9 The alumni creators of “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!” will make their feature film debut on March 2.

SPORTS BIG-5 BATTLES, p.20 The men’s basketball team shared the Big-5 title this year with St. Joseph’s after a drama-filled season.

Police ID suspect for threatening videos A student is accused of posting a series of videos alluding to a threat against Temple. BECKY KERNER PAYNE SCHROEDER The Temple News Last week, Campus Safety Services received multiple emails from concerned students, parents and faculty after a series of videos seeming to threaten the Temple community surfaced online. After an investigation, police located a student suspected of creating the videos.

CSS first received an anonymous email just after midnight on Feb. 21. As the morning continued, emails continued to fill the CSS inbox. An investigation began when Charles Leone, deputy director of CSS, arrived at work and was made aware of the video, posted Feb. 16, which was the last in a series of three threatening videos posted through the same YouTube account. The last video, however, was more overt than the previous two, Leone said. The video reportedly showed a person putting down a red Temple drawstring bag with ‘Free’ written on it with black

marker, near the Bell Tower. It then displayed a rectangular cardboard box inside the bag and written on it was the date ‘4/10/12.’ The video ended with the screen going black, to sounds of an explosion. “We thought that since it was posted that day, it was done that day,” Leone said. “We looked at our cameras and were able to see a bird’s eye view of the Bell Tower and we see the person come over and set up the box and bag and making the video [at 6:36 a.m.]. Then we used the rest of our cameras from around campus to follow the person.” CSS officers last saw the suspect around Cecil B. Moore

Avenue and between Broad and 15th streets. Then, using the low-level shots from the campus-wide camera system, detectives started canvassing the area in an attempt to find someone who recognized the man in their video footage. When a worker in the Edge said they believed they knew the person, detectives were led upstairs to the room of Darwin Paz, a sophomore communications major. Temple Police knocked on his door and asked him to step outside for questioning while a dog sniffed his room for explosives. After their search proved fruitless, the officers escorted

Paz to CSS headquarters at 12th and Montgomery streets. Once inside, detectives showed Paz the photograph of a man, and asked if he knew, or was, that individual. That man, Paz said, was his doppelganger. “I was blown away,” Paz said. “This person looked exactly like me. His facial construct was exactly like mine, his hair was the same as mine, but it wasn’t until I saw his clothing that I realized, ‘OK, this guy’s definitely not me.’” The images used on the flyers had a “pretty good facial, but not great,” Leone said. “It gets tough sometimes,”


Returning the favor An owner of Maxi’s began her battle against cancer, with student support. LAUREN HERTZLER The Temple News

“A year ago, I found a lump. You know in your heart, something just isn’t right.” Robin Novelli / maxi’s co-owner

wareness of a disease that is estimated to affect more than 220,000 additional women in the U.S. within the year hit home in November 2011 when Temple’s very own “Maxi’s Mommy” was diagnosed with breast cancer. On Friday, Feb. 24, Novelli’s “Maxi’s family,” in collaboration with TU Dudes for Boobs, held a breast cancer happy hour benefit from 4-7 p.m. to bring awareness, raise money and encourage support. “A year ago, I found a lump,” Robin Novelli said. The eight-year co-owner of Maxi’s – a pizzeria and bar on Main Campus – said she found a lump, which she was first told was a cyst. “I thought well, it’s just a cyst, you know, it’s good. It’s going to be OK, you know, and


no one suggested to have it surgically removed,” Novelli said. So, Novelli, 46, continued with the planning of her wedding and got married. But, “you know in your heart something just isn’t right,” Novelli said. Following her instinct, Novelli went to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and was diagnosed with first-stage breast cancer in November. Having no family members with the disease, this came as a “big shock,” Novelli said. After having the lump removed in early January, she said, doctors waited about seven days before examining her lymph nodes for cancer cells, and found a half-inch tumor. “After they found the tumor, that changed my whole life,” Novelli said. “You got to fight, you got to do something.” Novelli’s battle with chemotherapy started Feb. 10. Novelli’s body reacted to the treatment after a week, attacking her stomach and hindering her ability to do what she’s used to doing at Maxi’s – the place she calls her “home away from home.” “It’s hard for me because


Residents question NID committee Those in support of the proposed NID hosted a meeting addressing concerns. SEAN CARLIN Assistant News Editor Proponents of the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District met with residents in a high-tension meeting on Feb. 22 at Faith and Deliverance Outreach Ministries on the 1500 block of West Stiles Street. The meeting, hosted by members of an informal steering committee pushing the NID, aimed to inform residents about the district and its affects on the area. “We find that while there’s money poured into this neighborhood, there are still some very excruciating issues,” Herb Reid, a developer in the area and a member of the informal steering committee, said. “That is the [goal] of the neighbor-

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hood improvement district. That’s what it’s here to address. There is a lot to be done to move this neighborhood forward.” Reid, a member of the Temple Area Property Association, added that some of the main intentions of the NID include trash pickup and “beautifying” the area. He also said crime is a huge part of the project and could involve installing cameras and hiring people to patrol the area and curb crime. “There’s a tremendous amount that can be done with crime, whether it be eyes in the sky with cameras, whether it be ambassadors on the street to address partying and other crimes,” Reid said. “Those eyes on the street I think are [important] to moving this neighborhood in the right direction.” The NID, proposed by City Council President Darrell Clarke, who represents the fifth district, plans to improve the area through street cleaning, increased security and street enhancements to the area in a

five-year period. According to the City Council resolution, the proposed first year budget would be $450,000 for a nonprofit in charge of the NID. An estimated $75,000 would be put toward adminstrative costs. At previous meetings held by the Community Land Trust Corporation, a nonprofit community development organization, neighbors have raised questions about how the NID would be paid for. Preliminary plans said landlords and property owners would pay a fee equal to approximately 7 percent of their current property tax to a nonprofit setup through the NID. Temple would contribute an unspecified amount of money to the NID. The “tax” would not affect single-family dwelling owners, who would receive the benefits of the district tax-free. “When we were presented with the idea of helping create this organization, it became in-



Local developer Herb Reid said at a meeting last week that crime will be a main issue in the proposed improvement district.


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Residents seek representation NID PAGE 1 cumbent upon us to reach into our pockets to pay for this,” Jonathan Weiss, president of Equinox Management and Construction LLC and TempleTown Realty, said. “I was willing to support this and other landlords were willing to support this and dig into our pockets more, willingly, and spend thousands of dollars more [on the community]. But one of the conditions was that we would have a significant amount of say on how that money gets spent.” At the meeting, tensions grew among residents who said they were concerned with the informal steering committee that has been pushing the district and with the structure of the board that would oversee the NID. Reid said the board would consist of nine people. Of the members, Reid said it would include three representatives from Temple, three landlords, a religious leader, a representative from the city and a neighborhood community development representative. “I have been denied the right as a United States citizen to participate in the decision making process,” Vivian VanStory, president and founder of the Community Land Trust Corporation, said. “How dare you [developers] form a steer-

ing committee without the community? How can you be here six years as a developer and not know the ins and outs of the community? If the city allows this, it’ll be a revolution that won’t be televised.” VanStory said she is organizing a petition against the NID. Reid defended the preliminary board makeup and said that those who contribute the most to the NID should be represented the most. “Those are the folks paying into it, they’re going to want to be represented,” Reid said. “There’s no way around that. The university is goHerb Reid / ing to want to developer have some representation, they’re going to be writing a six-figure check to help make this thing work.” Ray Betzner, assistant vice president of university communications, declined to comment on Reid’s six-figure estimate. He added that the number is still unspecified. Reid added, “I know if I’m going to paying the bill, I want to know there are some other guys just like me representing some of my needs.” The next meeting concerning the NID will be a public meeting held on March 6 at Ritter Hall.

“I know if I’m going to be paying the bill, I want to know there are some other guys just like me representing some of my needs.”


(Top) Jon Weiss of TempleTown Realty spoke about the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District at a meeting last week. Weiss said he supports the fee on landlords that would fund the district. (Bottom) Residents said they were concerned with details of the NID.

Sean Carlin can be reached at sean.carlin@temple.edu.

Lecturer highlights black history month King, Jr.] told us,” Ogletree said. “King has the dream and we have to come up with the plan.” Ogletree said he does not believe the nation has made progress in a linear fashion, but LAURA DETTER rather the racial progress was The Temple News made in an ebb-and-flow manner. As examples of the progRace in many cases can ress, Ogletree discussed leaders trump class, Charles Ogletree, such as Martin Luther King, Jr., a Jesse Climenko Professor of Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Law at Harvard University, said Hill. Thursday, Feb. 23, during a lec“They opened up doors ture at Beasley School of Law. to which they couldn’t go Ogletree was the honored through,” Olgetree said. “You speaker at the 2012 Herbert are here because someone creMyers Memorial Lecture – an ated the opportunity. We may annual lecture series, which be- be the next generation, but gan in 1991 by Herbert Myers, someone had to create this opa distinguished member of the portunity. We have to thank the law school faculty. old generation for what they’ve On top of writing several done.” books, Ogletree Secondhas served as year law stuthe senior advident Joel Clysor of President mer, who was Barack Obama’s amongst the 2008 presidencrowd of aptial campaign proximately 100 and was named people said he one of the 100 admired how Charles Ogletree / Most InfluenOgletree was harvard law professor tial Lawyers able to speak so in America by candidly. “The National “I really do Law Journal.” appreciate how After graduating from Harvard Professor Ogletree is not only Law School, Ogletree’s career able to give really good comhas focused on fighting for mentary on everything about equal rights for all citizens. race in America, especially In his lecture titled “The from new perspectives, but also Conundrum of Race in the Age solutions on how we can actuof Obama,” Ogletree offered his ally move forward and advance perspective on the progress the in contemporary society,” Clynation has made in terms of ra- mer said. cial injustice. On top of speaking about “I’m on a mission to em- the progress many Africanbrace what [Martin Luther American leaders made, Ogle-

During Black History Month, a Harvard professor spoke about race under Obama.

“You are here because someone created the opportunity.”


Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Charles Ogletree spoke about law and race under President Barack Obama at Beasley School of Law last week. The event occurred as Black History Month nears an end. tree also discussed several setbacks those same leaders faced. “In 1983, Thurgood Marshall was on the losing side. He was seeing all of the progress he made in his work being destroyed by the change in the court,” Ogletree said. “There are people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thurgood who died of a broken heart.” In a speech that honored both Herbert Myer and celebrated Black History Month, Ogletree spoke with great detail about the major events that have affected the African-American race and the true ramifications of those events. “I also think it is the level of honesty when speaking about things like this because I feel

like a lot of the time people are politically sensitive, so they don’t actually acknowledge the actual truth of what is going on,” said first-year law student Yvelisse Pelotte. “I feel that he was able to acknowledge what was going on and provide constructive solutions.” Amidst the plethora of jokes and anecdotes about Obama, students and attendees said they were still able to see a strong correlation between what they are learning in the classroom and the topics Ogletree spoke on. “In terms of what I’m learning in class and what Ogletree is talking about is emphasizing the idea that race is a very key factor in how policy is shaped, how

our laws are written and how people relate to each other more so than people would maybe want to give credit to,” Clymer said. Ogletree’s most recent book, “The Presumption of Guilt: The arrest of Henry Louis Gates and race, class and crime in America,” discusses in further depth the racial topics he touched upon in the lecture. Ogletree is planning on releasing a new book following the 2012 presidential election that focuses on Obama. Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.

Univ. in Big East talks BIG EAST PAGE 1 the 2012 season. The Big East also lost Sycracuse, Pittsburgh and Texas Christian University to conference expansion last fall, while adding Boise State, San Diego State and Navy for football and Houston, Southern Methodist, Central Florida and Memphis for all sports. Temple was a footballonly member of the Big East from 1991 to 2004, until it was voted out of the conference for non-competitiveness, poor attendance and unwillingness to fund the football program at a level that was comparable to its Big East peers. Since being voted out of the Big East in 2004, the Owls have played in two bowl games, including a win in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, defeating Wyoming, 37-15. Temple also beat Big East champions Connecticut during the 2010 football season. In basketball, Temple is 5-3 over Big East Opponents in the past three seasons. Director of University Communications Hillel Hoffmann deferred questions to athletics. Temple’s athletic department was unable to comment by time of press. A main motivation for entering the Big East is money. Should Temple become a full member of the Big East, the university would take a larger slice of college athletics’ overall revenues from three sources. The first is tied to college football’s Bowl Championship Series, which during the 2010-11 Fiscal Year, gave $22,515,095 of its $181,912,310 in total revenue to the Big East to divide among its member institutions, while the MAC received $2,633,683 according to the NCAA’s website. The second source is tied to NCAA revenues from the men’s basketball tournament in March. During March Madness, a conference receives a “unit” for every game its member institutions plays in except the championship game. In the 2009-10 fiscal year, one unit was worth $222,206 adding up to a total of $167.1 million in revenue. The Big East received $23,109,436 in such revenue, while the A-10 received $6,443,977. The NCAA encourages conferences to share the money evenly, but the conferences are not obligated to do so. The third is with the Big East’s television contract with ABC and ESPN, which is set to expire in 2013 and is currently being renegotiated. Under the current deal, universities that play both football and basketball in the Big East receive a little more than $3 million a year. Brian Dzenis and John Moritz can be reached at news@temple-news.com.


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Studio launches, targets urban blight An interdisciplinary “apps and maps” studo plans to help the local economy. HALEY KMETZ The Temple News This month, Temple announced the launch of its Urban Apps and Maps Studio. Funded by federal grants totaling $700,000, the studio allows civic-minded students to develop software aimed at addressing urban issues. Fox School of Business hosted the launch Feb. 16. Mayor Michael Nutter attended the event. Nutter reportedly praised the studio as the type of program needed to “build a better future” in the city of Philadelphia and the nation. The studio’s goal is to stimulate the local economy with job creation by uniting students with university faculty and community members to identify problems in the neighborhoods surrounding Temple, and generate digital solutions that may

evolve into sustainable urban business ventures. Temple officials announced in September 2011 that the university would receive a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for the purpose of building the studio, producing software applications and creating technology-based companies and jobs. The EDA’s University Center Program awarded 21 university-based projects a total of $12 million to create jobs and develop the economy. Temple was the only Philadelphia college selected. The university also received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to establish a test bed of campus and urban wireless networks. Computer and information professor and chair of Temple’s department of computer and information sciences, Jie Wu, is the principal investigator of the NSF grant. Youngjin Yoo, a management information systems pro-

fessor, heads the EDA grant. access to Philadelphia HousYoo said the studio was ing Authority sites in what a team effort. The project in- Moustafellos described as a volves interdisciplinary col- very “hands-on” learning expelaboration between 13 univer- rience. sity departments, government When the Design Chalagencies and lenge conlocal busicluded, a nesses. vote decided “ W e which projust finished posals were the first the most phase [of the completely project] in formed ideas the Design with real Challenge,” commercial Yoo said. potential. F a “ W e James Moustafellos / professor cilitated by agreed to management choose three informaideas from tion systhe Design tems assistant professor James Challenge,” Yoo said. Moustafellos, Temple’s second These winning ideas will annual Design Challenge lasted then be developed in the studio four days and provided a forum and eventually fuel local civic for more than 125 students from business incubators with mateTemple, the University of the rial that can later be brought to Arts and local high schools to investors for commercial develpropose solutions to the urban opment. problems they observed first Urban blight was a comhand. mon theme of competition. Yoo This year, students had and Moustafellos both identi-

“[The studio is] not only for the ideas of commercialization, there is a strong civic interest.”

fied the Philadelphia Urban Farming Association as a serious contender. The plan would make use of abandoned spaces by converting them to farms and then connect urban gardeners to businesses and consumers interested in the products they grow. Another noted project, Small Spaces for Big Ideas, would utilize vacant buildings along Broad Street and make them into spaces available for use by organizations. The studio also has plans to engage local youth in the project. The Design Challenge had six high school students from Crossroads Accelerated Academy participate. During the summer, the studio plans to provide more local high school students with a part-time job where they will also learn necessary computer skills. The students will then be connected with urban entrepreneurs who want to commercialize the apps after they have been developed far enough by an incubator. Selected ideas from the Design Challenge will also be

introduced to “hackers” and “mappers” at the Code for America Hackathon, which will take place in Philadelphia this month. Yoo explained that while the Urban Apps and Maps Studio is interested in the ideas produces in the Design Challenge, the proposed project are in their earliest stages and are “like a draft” that will need much cultivating before any type of commercial product can be made. “[The studio is] not only for ideas of commercialization, there is a strong civic interest,” Moustafellos said. He explained that the students involved want the city, as a whole, to function better. There is a planned fellowship program for the Urban Apps and Maps Studio. The studio, which is currently located in the department of geography and urban studies, hopes to eventually expand to several more locations while it is federally funded for five years. Haley Kmetz can be reached at haley.kmetz@temple.edu.

Employees rally support for ‘Maxi’s Mommy’ NOVELLI PAGE 1 I have to ask for help, for carrying and reaching, where otherwise I would have done it all myself,” Novelli said. With a tear in her eye, Novelli added, “And now my hair is starting to fall out – that’s why I didn’t brush my hair today. That’s the start that I gotta get used to.” Novelli will continue getting blood work that determines her chemotherapy treatments every three weeks for four months. Then she will go once a week for 12 weeks, followed with radiation, and then take medication for five more years. “And then, hopefully, they’ll say I’m cured,” Novelli said. Novelli said she considers her studentemployees and customers, who have shown tremendous support, as children of her own. “We are a family,” she said. “In my past eight years here I have bailed children out, I have fixed noses, I have fed them when they were starving, I’ve drove them to interviews and home and did laundry. I’m like the Maxi’s-Mommy. When they need me, I’m here.” Junior math major Katie McCunney, who has been work-

ing at Maxi’s for approximately two years, said, “It kept us more focused on a project instead of on her [illness]. It was something positive everyday.” Upon hearing of Novelli’s diagnosis, food companies and beer distributors even donated to the 21-and-over event. Entry into the benefit was $5, and some happy hour specials included $4 cosmos, $4 milkshakes and $3 buttery nipples, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, one of the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. McCunney, one of the planners for the event, said Katie McCunney / she was overmaxi’s employee whelmed with support and help from the Maxi’s staff to make the benefit a success. “We have half the staff here today helping,” McCunney said at the event. “It’s definitely like a family but it’s 100 percent because of [Novelli and] the atmosphere that she creates.” Even though Novelli is going through chemotherapy treatment, she is still working at Maxi’s as much as she possibly can.

“[Maxi’s is] definitely like a family, but it’s 100 percent because of [Novelli and] the atmosphere she creates.”

“The other day [Novelli] was so sick in the morning but she still managed to come in for like two hours to make sure everything was running OK, but I don’t know how she does it,” sophomore kinesiology major Colleen Carr, a Maxi’s employee for two years, said. Carr, who has witnessed her own grandmother battle breast cancer, added, “When [Novelli] came to us and told us [she was diagnosed], it was so weird because she’s always so on the go all the time and...it’s just so sad to see her like this.” Novelli prides her establishment on Liacouras Walk as “home base” for Temple students, by creating a welcoming, comfortable and safe atmosphere. “We’re here at nine in the morning and we don’t leave until four in the morning,” Novelli said. “[If] you need us, we’re here.” Novelli, born and raised in downtown Mott Street in New York City, said she “would rather the children be [at Maxi’s] than going out in the streets anywhere.” “They’re safe here,” Noveli said. “I feel like, under my eyes, where we are is a safe-haven.” Lauren Hertzler can be reached at



Last week, students rallied awareness and support for Maxi’s co-owner Robin Novelli, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. A benefit was held at the pizzeria and bar.

Threat investigation handed off to city DA VIDEO PAGE 1 Leone added. “You don’t want to get the wrong guy, that’s for sure.” But before this interview, Paz was shown the three videos, all of which were meticulously edited and designed to threaten, Paz said. Detectives cleared Paz from suspicion that day after questioning. “I felt [the videos were] trying to convey a message of…destruction, of violence, due to [their] very disturbing nature and eerie feel, which was all purposely done,” Paz said.

“This individual took a lot of time to make sure [they were] edited really well, and [they] sent the message [they were] meant to send.” The first video, “Magnificent Temple,” was posted in the fall. After it was brought to the attention of CSS, they reviewed it and did not see any direct threat posed. “We tried to find out who submitted it, but we didn’t get anywhere with that one,” Leone said. The morning of Feb. 22 brought new information to Temple Police. In a similar series of

events, a maintenance worker at the Edge saw a flyer of the man in the video and called CSS and told them he believed he could identify the suspect. That day, the 21-year-old male student suspected of creating the videos was located at the Edge, where police found the bag, box and all other materials used to make the video. Temple Police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs to ensure there were no explosives present and that the room was safe, Leone said. Temple Police then compiled all the information with Philadelphia Police Central

Detectives, even working with that.” Homeland Security, which was CSS officers also asked the notified by somesuspect to one in the Temple remove community, and the vidsubmitted the eos from package to the YouTube, Philadelphia Diswhich was trict Attorney’s done as of Charging Unit. Feb. 22. “That’s what A t we’re waiting this point, on now for the the suscriminal end of pect’s things,” Leone Darwin Paz / c h a r g e s sophomore communications major are said. “We’ve also unsubmitted everyknown. thing to the Student Code of The District Attorney now Conduct, so we’re waiting on has to weigh out whether this

“I felt the videos were trying to convey a message of...destruction, of violence, due to their very disturbing nature.”

was a threat or would have been, Leone said. “If the District Attorney decides to charge, then there will be a warrant. If they decline, it will end the current investigation,” Leone said. “As far as Student Code of Conduct, there will be a hearing pretty quickly and depending on what they decide, we will see what happens from there.” Becky Kerner and Payne Schroeder can be reached at news@temple-news.com.



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Big East Discussion


The Temple News supports the move back to the Big East Conference.

f Temple is indeed about to become an all-sports member of the Big East Conference, the athletic department’s journey from the laughingstock to a legitimate presence in the world of college sports will have come full circle. Eleven years after the football team was voted out of the Big East after years of on-the-field futility and an off-the-field lack of commitment to athletics from university administration, the Owls are looking at a chance to return to a conference that had banished them. Unequivocally, The Temple News would call such a return a major victory for the university. Students will be able to see the Owls play elite competition in all sports. Athletics will also have the opportunity to bring in significantly more revenue, as Brian Dzenis and John Moritz report in “Move to Big East develops” on page 1. However, a return to the Big East doesn’t mean that it’s time to celebrate, this is where the real work begins for the athletics. The Temple News has a to-do list for athletics upon entering the Big East: Goal number one is maximizing the amount of scholarships athletics can offer. Former athletics CFO Eric Roedl told The Temple News in April 2011

Minority Recognition


ebruary marks National Black History Month. There are many months during the year that are declared to celebrating ethnic and minority holidays, but The Temple News would like to note that the history and recognition of ethnic and minorities groups should be reflected and celebrated each day. Coverage was extended throughout this month of to highlight the milestones of African-Americans. See coverage on page 14 for “People You Should Know: Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas.” Dr. CollierThomas said Black History Month is important to her. “As a black American I know that it is important that we keep this history alive and share – if only for a month – with the millions who are bombarded by the media daily with misinformation.” Fatima Maddox, 2007 alumna, was also mentioned

that some of Temple’s sports teams could not give out a full number of scholarships that’s allowed by the NCAA because of a lack of funding. Athletics’ mission statement said that it is committed to providing student athletes opportunities to “maximize their athletic, academic and life-skill potential.” With the additional revenue coming in, increasing the amount of scholarships Temple can provide should be a priority. Goal number two involves reducing the amount university funds needed to subsidize athletics. This year, athletics will likely not generate enough revenue to cover even a third of its approximately $29 million in overall expenses. The biggest issue in college sports is that expenses are growing at a disproportionate rate to revenues and even if Temple is bringing in more revenue, it won’t help if expenses are also growing exponentially. The Owls have shown in previous years that they can win on a budget and that mentality needs to continue while they are members of the Big East. Temple has received a second chance at being an elite athletic power and cannot take this opportunity for granted. Becoming a big time program brings big time expectations, both on and off the field.

The Temple News highlights the importance of ethnic and minority holidays.

this week on page 15, “Alumna returns to North Broad from pro game.” Maddox is the first women on the Harlem Globetrotters since 1993. The March 13 issue of The Temple News will recognize Women’s History Month by observing the accomplishments and contributions of women in Temple’s community for their dedication to empowering and advancing women, both locally and worldwide. In 1981, Sen. Orrin Hatch and Rep. Barbara Mikulski cosponsored what was then known as “Women’s History Week.” That then led to month long observation of National Women’s History Month in 1987. The Temple News continues to strive to provide news coverage to all ethnic and minority groups. The Temple News feels that this is extremely important because it promotes what America should represent – a united people.




(Left) BJ Williams plays during the women’s basketball game against La Salle on Saturday Feb. 25. (Right) Coach Tonya Cardoza, talks with players during halftime against La Salle. The Owls won 71-44.

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Study shows all talk, but no action

A study by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA found that while students are increasingly liberal, they aren’t politically engaged. Only 10 percent of freshmen surveyed said that they had worked on a local, state-wide, or national campaign during the past year. See page 5 for Emily DiCicco’s article.

NOTABLE QUOTEABLE “Oh God, why didn’t I use the bathroom before painting my nails.”

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Addicts need support, not judgment


ddiction is a funny thing. Not that it’s something to laugh at – unless you’re on something – then it might make you a little giggly. In all seriousness, I say it’s a funny thing because the general public’s feeling toward addiction teeters somewhere between sympathy and DANIEL disdain. I saw this in action during the CRAIG past month with a couple of rathCraig argues er prominent public figures. Josh that society Hamilton, star outfielder for the should do a Texas Rangers, relapsed with alcobetter job of hol. Hamilton, who made his story understanding with addiction public, came out and explained what happened and substance abuse apologized. That didn’t stop sports before passing writers from running headlines judgment on that read, “The Rangers can’t trust those who suffer Hamilton.” More disheartening was the from it. passing of Whitney Houston. Houston, who had been struggling with substance abuse, was found dead in a bathtub with a host of prescription drugs nearby. Political commentator Bill O’Reilly said that Houston “wanted to kill herself.” Thanks for

the insight, O’Reilly. As someone who is close to a person struggling with addiction, I can’t consider myself special. The conversations I’ve had on the subject have completely convinced me that there is not a single person who isn’t either struggling themselves or knows somebody who is. I’ve seen it tear apart families, destroy relationships and ruin lives. It happens everyday to almost everyone. For students, addiction is an especially tricky subject to dance around. The norm of drinking and recreational drug use makes substance abuse a badge of honor. Now don’t think for a second that I’m riding my moral high horse above college parties – I’m not a saint. But there’s a difference between someone who likes a crazy weekend and someone who has a serious issue, and college behavior makes that a hard thing to distinguish. There are, however, important lessons from these two incidents that can make it easier for students to deal with or someone they know struggling with addiction. Although Hamilton and Hous-

ton’s cases are similar in nature, they represent the two very distinct paths that an addict can take. Hamilton’s, for instance, is the one of openness and recovery. For someone to say that the Rangers can’t trust Hamilton because of his relapse is completely backwards. The way he’s dealt with the issue since it became public is remarkable. His ability to admit his problem, stay sober and properly address his relapses should be a blueprint for any recovering alcoholic. Alcoholics can relapse. Anyone who expects a clean slate from day one of sobriety will be sadly disappointed – it’s just the nature of the disease. The fact that Hamilton is able to not only reflect and get stronger, but do so on the public stage with complete confidence is staggering. It’s important to know that if you are an addict you’re always an addict, so chances are you’re going to screw up from time to time. It’s the ability to take responsibility for mistakes and move on that allows one to get better. On the darker side of the spectrum, Houston showed us what

happens when you hole yourself up in a problem. Her substance abuse was well documented in tabloids and news outlets, but unlike Hamilton the coverage created a wall that separated her from reality. She didn’t “want to kill herself.” Addicts aren’t themselves when they’re so heavily medicated. She most likely wanted to get better, but didn’t know how to without taking something. The most important difference between the two is that Hamilton sought help. If there is one thing anyone can take away from these two stories, it’s that being open and seeking guidance is the start to recovery. Don’t be scared off by the demonization bums like O’Reilly throw around to pad their egos. College students may sometimes feel like they don’t have time to address these issues, let alone admit that they have one. Yet doing so can be the first step to avoiding a fate like Houston’s. Daniel Craig can be reach at daniel.craig@temple.edu.

Students should practice what they preach


n army of men in blue with glistening badges and an impermeable mass of bikes and vans behind them line the edge of the crowd, creating the border for a nation made up of vibrant protestors. These protestors bear cardboard assertions of their grievances as well EMILY as the crusty look of living out of DiCICCO a box – literally. These DIY boards have painted messages includA new study ing “stop the lies” and “life over shows that profit.” They wield defaced Americollege students can flags, instigating banners and renamed traffic signs. Marching, are more liberal, breakdancing, drumming, shouting yet less active, and singing are heard within the which DiCicco officers’ limits. Trampled declaraattributes to tions, revolution literature and copindividualism. ies of the U.S. Constitution blanket the cement. This Occupy Philly scene, reminiscent of rallies from revolutionary decades, may illustrate that this generation of young people are frustrated enough by the current state of the nation to fight against it. It may highlight a more active generation who are educated about their society, and research has sup-

ported this. The Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute found that college ideologies are increasingly liberal. Yet, in a hotbed of universities like Philadelphia, with more than 100,000 college students, only hundreds of individuals turned out for the Occupy movement. What is the catalyst for the discrepancy between ideology and action? It appears that contemporary college students practice a passive form of activism. Dwight Ozard and Fred Clark have described this lazy form of protest as “slacktivism.” Political science professor and supporter of the Occupy movement, Daniel Chomsky agrees. “Most of the time, students are quiescent,” he said. For those students that actually are unsatisfied with current social conditions, there is a need for instant gratification or action. Because of this, shortcuts are sometimes taken. We “like” stop hunger pages on Facebook rather than

working in a soup kitchen. We simply “re-post” the color of our bras to support breast cancer. We tweet Gov. Tom Corbett about the budget rather than deciding to rally in Harrisburg. According to the most recent findings of UCLA’s “American Freshman” poll, only 10 percent of freshmen surveyed said that they had worked on a local, state-wide, or national campaign during the past year. During the past four decades, this figure was at 15 percent. Why are college campuses no longer alive with protest, bustling with the energy of revolution? Is it us? Chomsky hypothesizes that students have become too introverted. “Activism comes with real costs for participants, and students usually focus on their own lives, their studies and their futures,” Chomsky said. Advances in technology, which have the ability to bind larger communities, often separate people from the world even more. Rather than focusing on themselves, sometimes people find a scapegoat in the media. There

could be veracity in this. Students’ apathy could be a result of watered down media. There may not be major campus protests because we aren’t given the same explicit news coverage or photographs that students of past decades were shown. However, in order to challenge this form of media, we must first pay attention to it. The Occupy Philly movement has been described as unorganized, with unclear goals. However, it did one thing successfully. It made college students pause and think about issues larger than themselves. It may show that young people can once again institute change. Yet, in order to do so, they must find time to stay informed, and actively, not passively, fight for what they want and deserve. It will be a long journey until this is achieved, but at least the first steps have been taken.



its struggle. The struggle now, should Rendell, et. al. purchase PMN at its reported worth of $100 million, is that the company’s editorial integrity and dedication to free speech can – and will – be compromised for the future holders’ biases. Norcross is a democratic kingpin in South New Jersey and was formerly on the Courier-Post’s editorial board. Katz, in addition to being a member of Temple’s Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee, holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Temple, currently owns Kinney System Holding Corp., a major national parking company and is a major campaign donor. Snider is the chairman of the Comcast subsidiary which owns the Philadelphia Flyers. In addition to Rendell’s eight year term as mayor of Philadelphia, year-and-ahalf seat as the general chairman of the Democratic National Committee and seven-year term as governor of Pennsylvania, was once the




senior advisor of an investment bank and the district attorney of Philadelphia. Much like one wouldn’t expect a journalist to understand the inner mechanics of a Fortune 500 company, it’s equally incomprehensible how a team of businessmen and politicos will manage a newspaper’s mode of operations. Known as the “fourth estate,” newspapers are more than 20some pages of black ink and local events. They are the protectors of free speech, a powerful check on governmental operations and necessary to the proper functioning of any democracy. But with the threat of Rendell and company interfering with the Inquirer and the Daily News’ integrity on the pages of politics, business and sports, Philadelphia’s dailies will no longer serve such functions. In an open and unsigned letter to any future owners of PMN, the anonymous Inquirer writer said that it will be a waste of time and

ROB LYERLA “Yeah, a lot of us get involved promoting different campaigns, trying to talk about the issues that are going on in the world. I see it going on here on college campuses more than anywhere else really.”

“I want to believe that the burning of Qurans was an unintended mistake. But surely any soldier based in Afghanistan after a decade-long American intervention knows that the desecration of the Koran is an inflammatory and offensive act in a Muslim country.”

Allison Stanger,

cnn.com on “Stanger: The U.S should never be burning books”

“Reasonable people can disagree about the civic effects of affirmative action. But unless the Constitution clearly forbids a policy, courts should defer to the people’s representatives. And Constitutional history and precedent don’t clearly forbid affirmative action: the framers of the 14th Amendment didn’t intend government to be colorblind in all circumstances, and ever since the Bakke decision in 1978, universities have relied heavily on the court’s repeated assurances that educational diversity is a permissible goal.”

Jeffrey Rosen, nytimes. com, on “A Constitutional and Fair Policy”

Emily DiCicco can be reached at emily.dicicco@temple.edu.

Newspapers should avoid bias ownership arlier this year, former Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell announced that he and his group – including tycoons George Norcross III, Lewis Katz and Edward Snider – were interested in buying Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes the Philadelphia Inquirer, the ALEXIS Daily News and Philly.com. PMN, which has been losing revenue, and SACHDEV recently announced plans to move Sachdev from its building on Broad and Calargues that lowhill streets, will be changing hands for the third time since 2006. the Inquirer The Inquirer, which boasts a should regain 183-year existence and a slew of ownership in Pulitzer prizes to boot, has a rich the form of history of investigative journalism employee based and exposés in a city rife with political corruption, racial tension and, owernership. most importantly, proud citizens. In my three years living in Philadelphia, one point that has become abundantly clear again and again is the pride Philadelphians retain for their city – its streets, its businesses, its history, its teams and


energy to purchase a newspaper for personal political gain and to control the masses. “The bottom line is that journalistic bosses trying to control the community in Philadelphia will fail,” the writer said. “We will only succeed if the community supports and empowers us as journalists. Don’t get me wrong – the fact that wealthy people think it’s a civic duty to keep traditional journalism alive in Philadelphia is a wonderful thing. But that can’t be the end of the conversation. It has to be the beginning.” And he or she is right. In 2012, citizens of a democracy cannot and should not stand for its free press establishment answering to political and business tycoons whose intentions for purchasing said media outlets are purely for personal and political gain. But after sifting through campaign donation charts, New York

“Not only are most young people often ill-equipped to recognize how their meanness, cruelty and pranking might cause pain, but most adults are themselves ill-equipped to help young people in a productive way. Worse, many adults are perpetuating the idea that being cruel is socially acceptable. Not only has cruelty and deception become the status quo on TV talk shows. It plays a central role in televised entertainment and political debates.”

Danah Boyd and John Palfrey, huffingtonpost.com on “Stop the cycle of Bullying”








“I think a college setting is a very political environment, and especially at a time like this, when politics are so divided and the political atmosphere is very potent especially with a presidential election coming up.”

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Do you view college students as politically active?

“Some, but most no, not the majority. They’re too busy with studying or going out on the weekends. I don’t think the majority of people are politically active. I know myself I’m not.”





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Concerned Citizen says on “AEPi fraternity house defaced with anti-Semitic remark” on Feb. 23, 2012 at 10:46 a.m. Whether or not this was an antisemitic attack or an anti-AEPi attack is unclear, but in either case, the perpetrator decided to use the word “Jews” which makes this an attack against the entire Jewish community at large. Had he used the word AEPi instead this wouldn’t even justify an article. If you choose to recognize it or not, this is a hate crime and should be treated as such. The perpetrator should be found out and expelled from school if he is a student. Bobby, you clearly have a lot of growing up to do and need a broader understanding of the world outside of your school. This is not about fear of a skinhead revolution nor is it about some feud that may be occurring between some fraternities, it is about the use of the word “Jews”. The person who wrote that used it intentionally or not which makes it a hate crime and makes it offensive to every Jewish person on this planet. To me the only way you would know that is if you wrote it yourself, which by your comments does not seem so outlandish. I pity you and your anger and hope you can learn to look at situations without blinders on in the future. Max says on “Tension brewing” on Feb. 22, 2012 at 12:10 a.m. What Sodexo is doing by utilizing students as part-time employees and preventing students from joining the union is comparable to the the practices of Wal-Mart. Sodexo is one of the largest food service companies in the world. I would venture to guess that this union business with student-workers is the same story with every other university in the country that Sodexo runs. They’re pimping out the students to maximize profits. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’ve seen the tremendous traffic in the TECH Starbucks and the outrageous amount of $ that is made per day by Sodexo. I don’t think it would hurt Sodexo too much to pay the students a little more so they can pay their rent, do you? Chandra says on “Animal rights group advocates veganism” on Feb. 21, 2012 at 11:39 a.m. This sounds like a fantastic organization and very fitting for a college campus! Veganism is most definitely not a fad. It is, among other things, a social justice movement and an environmental movement. For more information, see these excellent articles in The Atlantic by James McWilliams, Ph.D. http:// www.theatlantic.com/james-mcwilliams/ Bob Staver says on “News has become increasingly available” on Feb. 25, 2012 at 8:03 p.m. Not sure about the point of this article. Is Immacula Jean being used as a demonstrative archetype in terms of where the average student gets his/her news on any given day? Surely there must be some more interesting angle.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, How can you live the rest of your life knowing that you were responsible for another person deciding to take his or her own life?  This is a serious question to consider before making the decision to bully another individual.  Children and teenagers need to understand the consequences of their actions. Many schools have “bullying prevention awareness” week or month to address the issues of bullying, but that is not enough. Bullying is a constant issue in and outside of schools. Schools should constantly be spreading awareness and education, providing support to bully victims, and incorporating appropriate disciplinary actions as a part of their school policy. The 2009 Indicators of School Crime and Safety reported that one-third of teens have been bullied at school, and that students in middle schools are seeing the highest rates of bullying. Research has shown that students are being bullied more inside than outside of school.  However, bullying is becoming a larger social issue because social media and Internet enable the youth to easily harass victims outside of school.  Each school in the state of Pennsylvania is required to have an anti-bullying policy.  States are Dear Editor, Until recently, millions of young adult women had never imagined a life without rights to their own bodies. They inherited the reproductive freedoms their predecessors fought for, rights that are at stake with the escalating reproductive warfare led by the GOP. Many are beginning to question whose interests the candidates truly represent.  Recently many conservative legislatures and all 2012 republican presidential candidates have made efforts to drastically restrict women’s access to reproductive health services, including our most controversial right, to have an abortion. While the issue of abortion is controversial due to differences in people’s personal beliefs, anti-abortion, advocates claim a righteous obligation to bypass the different beliefs of others in order to legally prohibit abortions for all who choose to have one. Republican candidate, Rick Santorum detailed his strict anti-abortion stance to prohibit survivors of rape and incest from getting abortions. Instead, he commented, all impregnated rape victims should, “Make the best out of a bad situation,” an outrageously reductionist approach to the issue that downplays the ability of women to make the best possible decisions for their own lives. All four GOP candidates also plan to limit, and eventually reverse Roe v. Wade if elected to office. In fact, three of the candidates signed the “pro-life

graded on their anti-bullying policies by the “Bully Police USA.”  Pennsylvania has been given a “B+” grade. Residents of Pennsylvania must act to improve our schools’ anti-bullying policies to receive the highest grade possible.  Pennsylvania schools can make changes by raising awareness on bullying in schools with both the faculty and students. Faculty should be encouraged to report their witnessing or being told of bullying incidences and should also include the topic of bullying in their curriculum.  Schools must incorporate appropriate discipline policies, such as a zero tolerance policy or a restorative discipline policy in which the bullies are forced to “make things right” with their victim. It is also crucial to provide the needed support to the students who are being bullied and to help give them a voice against the bullying. Schools need to work harder on empowering their victims of bullying and creating a safe place for them. 

New blog exposes volunteerism throughout Philadelphia Founders David Kwon and Joanne Yoon created lovemyhood.com as a way to profile the many volunteer efforts in Philadelphia. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News Lovemyhood.com was created in October 2010 to share the volunteer experiences of friends, David Kwon and Joanne Yoon, throughout Philadelphia at local nonprofit organizations. At the time, Kwon and Yoon were looking for different organizations to get involved with. Among the websites they found were idealist.org and volunteermatch.org. While the two said those are both quality websites, they felt they were missing testimonial accounts of volunteer efforts. “Our mission is to serve as that link through volunteers and people, as well as motivate others to volunteer,” Yoon said. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Yoon said that in 2004 a lot of things had drawn her to Philadelphia, including its people. When transitioning to Philly life, she was able to obtain work at a finance company where she said she met a lot of interesting people and was able to develop friendships. Kwon is no stranger to Philadelphia. He was born and raised in Philly and attended the University of Pennsylvania as a finance major. Volunteering has always been an important part of both Yoon and Kwon lives, having a “personal desire” to serve their community since their early college years. They are not targeting a specific group, but rather a broad spectrum of people who are interested in volunteering. They under-

stand that college students lead busy lives, yet still encourage them to volunteer. “With anything, it becomes difficult at times in terms of working and scheduling,” Yoon said. “But we always find that we get more out of it than what we sometimes put in it. When volunteering you become more part of the community, more engaged.” The first volunteer event that lovemyhood.com participated in was Love Your Park Day, a citywide clean-up event. The event took place in Vernon Park, where volunteers, including Kwon and Yoon, were given the task of planting trees, raking leaves and cleaning up the park. Mayor Michael Nutter made an appearance as well, giving a speech about the city’s green initiative. More than 60 parks and approximately 1,000 volunteers participated in the event. “We wrote about that event and posted it on our blog later that week,” Kwon said. “Since our launch we’ve participated in more than 10 volunteer activities and we have had more than 500 unique visitors to our site.” Yoon and Kwon are planning to start accumulating volunteers for weekly activities. “We want to inspire and motivate our neighbors to serve their city, by blogging on a weekly basis about our personal volunteer experiences,” Kwon said. Dominique Johnson can be reached at dominique.johnson@temple.edu.

Sincerely, Shari Block University of Pennsylvania MSW graduate student pledge,” committing to appoint only “pro-life” officials to the Supreme Court and related cabinet and executive branch positions, for example, National Institute of Health, to assist in taking down our reproductive freedoms. All candidates also seek to stop federal funding for Planned Parenthood, our largest provider of lowcost sexual and reproductive health services, as abortions are among the many services they offer. However, these candidates know that Planned Parenthood cannot direct such funds toward abortion services. Moreover, if the candidates seek a major decrease in abortions why would they contest insurance coverage of birth control, something that women who can afford it use religiously to prevent unwanted pregnancies? Access to contraception should not be a privilege, nor predetermined by religious affiliation! Similarly, why would Newt Gingrich elect to eliminate Title X, a family planning program that provides more than five million people access to lowcost contraceptives, supplies and educational materials? These hard-fast, radical positions are not in the best interest of the everyday people, from all walks of life, demanding these services. So, whose interests do they represent? Sincerely, Kiera Kenney University of Pennsylvania MSW ‘13

Writer suggests journalist ownership OWNERSHIP PAGE 5 Times’ coverage of the sale and reports of Inquirer editors threatening to fire any employee who publishes unapproved content on the sale, I have yet to find a solution to this corrupt conundrum. So here’s my proposition: Much like businessmen run their Fortune 500 companies and politicians oversee governmental operations, journalists and their community should similarly control their media outlets.


Though employee ownership is a rare situation in present-day media corporations, it’s not a situation that should be discredited. According to Save the News, the Omaha World-Herald is the largest daily newspaper in Nebraska, and has been employee-owned for more than 30 years. In models such as the Omaha World-Herald, all employees own a stake of the company, and can therefore preserve the editorial integrity

of all content, sans biases from outside influences. And in terms of the Daily News’ fate – as it currently faces being merged with the Inquirer – I think the employee-owned model may save its currently-profitable status, but only if both papers dedicate themselves to focus on the local. Alexis Sachdev can be reached at asachdev@temple.edu.

Courtesy lovemyhood.com Volunteers serve on MLK day at the Boys and Girls Club in North Philadelphia and paint a mural. There are 11 Boys and Girls clubs in the Philadelphia area.


Philadelphians want a cleaner neighborhood, but not at an additional cost Doris Lambert would like to see certain areas of her surrounding neighborhood cleaner, but argues a fee is not the answer. KIERRA BUSSEY The Opinion Editor There have been a lot of mixed opinions regarding the proposed North Central Neighborhood Improvement District bill, which would be implemented in the areas between Broad and 19th streets and York Street to Girard Avenue. The bill would be funded through an increase on real-estate taxes. North Central Philadelphia resident, Doris Lambert, who resides at 15th and Jefferson streets agrees that some areas need improvement, but it shouldn’t come at the expense of an additional tax on residents. “It would be good if they did clean the neighborhood up, but the neighborhood I’m living at is kept up anyway,” Lambert said. “The rest of the neighborhood that I do go through needs some cleaning up.” Lambert said that residents already pay an excessive amount in taxes and find

themselves in a financial crunch. Since the proposal of the NID, the Community Land Trust Corporation has been organizing meetings to ban together to actively fight the bill, but Lambert notes that in her experience she has never had to ban together with her community to fight proposed legislation. “But if it’s necessary, the community should come together,” Lambert said. Lambert said that elected officials need to come together and find a way to improve the neighborhood without excessively taxing property owners. “They can find a way [without adding an additional tax],” Lambert said. “They come up with money when they want to.” Kierra Bussey can be reached at kierrajb@temple.edu.

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or those of you who think that spring break consists of wild, half-naked pool parties, wet T-shirt contests, mango body shots, performances by Snoop and Wiz, DJ Pauly D on the turntables and naked debacles to remember – or not – for the ages, I regret to inform you that you’re seriously mistaken. And if you haven’t learned it by


With a week off from homework, exams and portfolios, this is the perfect opportunity to explore your own backyard. Stray off the beaten Walnut Street path and explore some of the city’s more hidden treasures. The Italian Market, at Ninth and Christian streets, offers a variety of imported and local gourmet foods for shoppers and foodies to drool over. D’Angelo Bros. sells an array of hand-made and allnatural sausages, including the French garlic, Italian and kielbasa sausages.

now, MTV is in no way a realistic depiction of college life – save for those drunk chick fights on Friday nights. If, as of now, your spring break is shaping up to be a stay-cation with your parents and Netflix, and you’re under the impression it’s too late to take misadventures, you’re severely mistaken. Plane tickets to Cabo San Lucas might be a lofty goal at this point, but the East Coast still has plenty of offerings to make your spring break a wild weekend of misadventure.

After you’ve devoured the delicious meal, head down to the Mütter Museum at 19 S. 22nd St. to lose it. This medical museum preserves pathological anatomy has been preserved and displayed among other bizarre oddities. Keep an eye out for the wax woman with a horn protruding from her forehead and the Hyrtl Skull Collection. Other under the radar activities include mini golf at Franklin Square, the Mural Arts Program tour, the Rodin Museum and the Navy Yard.


Aside from being the hub of political hotheads and our nation’s history, D.C. actually has a thriving nightlife for the young crowd. Megabus will take you from 30th Street Station to Union Station for approximately $11 to $17 in three hours. For a faster mode of transportation, Amtrak offers one-way tickets from 30th to Union starting at $49. But, being a top international destination, hotels and motels in D.C. aren’t often wallet-friendly. Before you head to the nearest hostel, though, look up CouchSurfing. CouchSurfing is an in-


Atlantic City gets a pretty bad rap, but undeservedly so. With concert venues like the House of Blues and a slew of casinos, bars and clubs – not to mention the beach – AC can has enough events and activities to keep you entertained for a week. Transportation is simple, too. New Jersey Transportation has a direct line from 30th Street Station to Atlantic City for $10 each way. The AC line runs seven days a week, on an almost hourly schedule, and the train takes just more than an hour-and-a-half. On Friday, March 2, Trey Songz will bring his Anticipation 2our with Big Sean to the Trump Taj Mahal at 8 p.m.,


ternational hospitality service that offers a home-stay for website members in cities around the world for free. Once you’re there and have a bed, get down to DuPont Circle in Northwest D.C. A walking tour of the neighborhood will show you national embassies, varying in decadence and size on Embassy row. The Circle also offers a slew of museums, including the Women’s National Democratic Club Museum, the National Geographic Museum and several converted historic mansions. At night, the Circle opens up with bars and nightclubs to balance out the day’s intellectual activities.

and tickets are still on sale. Also during the break, Atlantic City will host its 2012 Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants will have a pre fixe meal, with lunches at approximately $15 and dinners for approximately $33. Participating restaurants include Buddakan, Palm Atlantic City, The Melting Pot and others. For a full list, visit acrestaurantweek.com. For lodging, most hotels offer seriously discounted rates during the week. The Golden Nugget – formerly the Trump Marina – changed hands last year. Sunday through Thursdays, nightly rates range from $39 to $45. By the weekend, rates rocket up as high as $279.


In mid-March, South Philly cookie company has plans to open a cookie truck on Main Campus.

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TTN reporter Lauren Hertzler met with the performance group Temple SMASH, which recently launched a petition to save the program.




In honor of National Women’s History Month, The Temple News will feature women in Temple’s community who work toward empowering and educating women.





Temple SMASH members reinstate status After losing studio space, Temple SMASH launched an electronic petition to salvage the future of the show. LAUREN HERTZLER The Temple News Students involved in Temple SMASH were shaken when they received word that they wouldn’t be able to continue scheduled programming for their first episode of the Spring 2012 semester. Temple SMASH, an independent, studentproduced live comedy show – influenced by Saturday Night Live – began in 2009 and has since been growing in popularity and recognition on and around Main Campus. Starting with a cast and crew of approximately 15 members, the show now exceeds 60 participants. “I think the show has gotten so impressive and has grown so much,” executive producer Emily Diego, a senior broadcast, telecommunications and mass media major, said. But, when Temple SMASH creators, Kimberly Burnick and Scott McClennen, graduated and former Temple SMASH advisor, Frank Sauerwald, retired in May 2011, Diego and other Temple SMASH affiliates began to feel a “disconnect” with the administration of the School of Communications and Theater. The main problem laid in the lack of an advisor for the organization, which is a necessity for obtaining studio space, mainly for insurance purposes. “[Sauerwald] was always that person for us, so it was never really a concern for us until last semester,” co-executive producer Prince Schultz, a senior broadcast, telecommunications and mass media major, said. While Diego studied abroad last semester, Schultz managed to organize a schedule of any

SCT professors willing to volunteer to supervise the Temple SMASH studioprogramming for a few hours, and successfully planned and created two episodes. “We were under the impression that any professor, either full time or adjunct, in SCT in any of those majors would do,” Diego said. But when Schultz presented Jack McCarthy, the director of operations and facilities, with a similar, yet complicated and incomplete, schedule at the beginning of this semester, the organization suddenly was not granted any studio time because of what Schultz thought was a lack of “explicit support from administration.” “We had some communication with the administration but didn’t really get a clear picture of what they wanted from us, what we were supposed to do, how we were supposed to fulfill their needs,” Schultz said. “I think part of it was growing pains and poor communication between administration and us,” Schultz added. Knowing that they couldn’t work in the studio unless something changed, which ultimately would affect the future of the show, Schultz, Diego and others started an electronic petition for supporters. The petition, with more than 500 signatures in just four days, “heightened our moral,” Diego, who has been working with Temple SMASH for three years, said. “We got a lot of anonymous signatures, but there was also a great amount of people who wrote a very personal note about why the show has either helped them or somebody they knew,” Schultz, who has been working with Temple SMASH since his freshman year, said. Diego and Schultz also planned a meeting with assistant dean of administration Donald

Heller and interim dean Tom Jacobson to clarify all misunderstandings and ask for support for their beloved organization. “It appeared to us that [administration] felt that the cons of Temple SMASH outweighed the pros, and basically, we then came in with the motive to demonstrate what the benefits of Temple SMASH were and explain to them why the pros actually weigh heavier than the cons,” Diego said. Schultz said Heller and Jacobson were very receptive to their concerns and that they discussed the importance and necessity of having qualified instructors – who are also well-versed in the history of the show – during their time spent in the studio. Having studio access – at least six, three to five hour days per episode – is a huge asset to the liveshow format, and without it, not nearly as many departments, varying from writers to set crews, could be involved. “Each [day] is absolutely vital to the process,” Schultz said. Diego, who said she has gotten way more practical studio use doing Temple SMASH than she ever would have gotten in classes, said, “[Administration] must have not realized how big the student organization was and how practical it was and how really it’s an attraction point for students who are applying to Temple.” “When tours come through the school of communications, they actually bring up Temple SMASH,” Schultz added. Diego said that Temple SMASH would have come up with a compromise if not allotted studio time, but wanted to explain to Heller and Jacobson that being granted studio space helps organization members to “value the process a little bit more than the product,” as an educational mean. After a much needed discussion, Diego and

Schultz’s efforts were supported, with Heller and Jacobson promising to find a full-time faculty advisor and additionally providing a $300 budget per episode. “Now that we’ve been able to have that exchange I think they feel much more comfortable with the show,” Schultz said. “Just to hear that we had gotten this overwhelming support from the dean’s office after going so long without being able to do it, it was fantastic.” Although happy with administration’s decision, Diego said, “The only thing that’s a bummer is this has taken up our studio time and our first episode is going to be compromised.” Temple SMASH members have been working outside of the studio in “quasi-production” the past few weeks, and Schultz said that although everyone has continued to rehearse, they are too behind in schedule to produce their first live show of the semester. Instead, Temple SMASH will release an alldigital show after Spring Break and will return to their live-show format in April. “We’re probably going to have a screening, maybe in The Reel, for the digital one we come up with because it’s cool that we still got work done even though we weren’t allowed to use the studio,” Diego said. Lauren Hertzler can be reached at lauren.hertzler@temple.edu. Full disclosure: Caitlin Weigel writes for Temple SMASH and is a columnist for The Temple News.

RAIR founders present recyclable art in Tyler On Thursday, Feb. 23, Recycled Artists in Residency, a nonprofit that connects artists with recycled materials, spoke to students on Main Campus. AMY STANSBURY The Temple News For years, recycling has suffered from a bit of an image problem. For many people, sorting trash simply isn’t sexy enough. Others just don’t care enough. In Philadelphia however, a group of artists are changing that, one toilet seat, tricycle and plastic bottle sculpture at a time. Recycled Artists in Residency is a nonprofit organization that provides artists with access to recycled materials. Two of the group’s co-founders, Billy Blaise Dufala and Fern Gookin spoke about RAIR’s mission and purpose to students at Tyler School of Art on Thursday, Feb. 23. “We are trying to connect art and sustainability, while increasing awareness about the waste stream,” said Gookin, who first conceptualized RAIR as a thesis project while she was a sustainable design student at Philadelphia University. Gookin said she used her knowledge of sustainability and collaborated with Dufala, a local artist, and Avi Golden, co-founder of the recycling plant Revolution Recovery, in order to create this multi disciplinary concept. “All three of us had this common overlap,” Gookin said. “We wanted to keep materials out of the waste stream.” Revolution Recovery in Northeast Philly, does this on a much grander scale. The business collects waste from construction sites and then sorts and recycles it back at its warehouse. In doing this, it is able to collect approximately 200 tons of waste each day and divert 80 percent of that away from landfills. RAIR works with Revolution Recovery to al-

low artists to pick through the waste as it’s being sorted so they can incorporate it into their projects. These are referred to as ‘Biggie Shorties,’ because they are often big projects completed in a short period of time. Past Biggie Shorties of RAIR artists have included a set of large sails created out of discarded plastic and Tyvek, and a billboard structure made of plastic fencing. “It’s hard for emerging artists to get materials because they are so expensive,” Dufala said. “But since it’s trash, they are able to get as much as they want.” Dufala said he has been working with recycled materials as a cost-saving measure for as long as he can remember. “Growing up in a large family I have always gotten hand-me-downs,” he said. “So being resourceful has always been built in. It wasn’t a decision to work with found materials. It was a necessity.” At the moment, RAIR is still in its development stages, looking for grant money and fundraising opportunities to expand the organization’s size and to allow more artists to participate. However this is a difficult task. All three of the cofounders have full-time day jobs, and work with RAIR whenever they have a moment to spare, but the rewards are worth the effort. “It’s very rewarding to see what the artists get out of a project,” Gookin said. “These materials are not just trash, they’re something that an artist can actually use.” Amy Stansbury can be reached at amy.stansbury@temple.edu.


(Above) Recycled Artists in Residency co-founder Billy Blaise Dufala spoke to an audience in Tyler School of Art on Thursday, Feb. 23 on the recycling efforts of the organization. (Left) Audience members participate in the RAIR event.

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Gallery welcomes art and literature lovers

Homeskooled Gallery and Soapbox Gallery collaborated for the first time at Booked!, with exhibits and activities for artists, writers and everyone in between.

KARA SAVIDGE Arts and Entertainment Editor


n Saturday night, Mary Tasillo and Charlene Kwon had

a full house. The two share a nondescript home on 51st Street in West Philly, which they moved into two years ago. But the home is not only their own, but also that of the Soapbox Gallery, a creative space for authors and creators of book art, which resides there with the goal of providing resources and instruction in printmaking and self-publication. After meeting Kwon, who holds a master’s degree in writing, and coming to Philadelphia herself to explore the book arts and zine community, Tasillo said there was a “naturally trajectory” with what would come next.

Awesome show creators explore new film format Alumni Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim’s “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” hits theaters March 2. KARA SAVIDGE Arts and Entertainment Editor

Flashes of brightly colored lights, unusual transitions and strange, repetitive noises. No, you’re not having a seizure – you’ve entered the delightfully demented world of alumni Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. Better known as Tim and Eric, the comedy duo has developed a cult following with their Cartoon Network Adult Swim show, “Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show, Great Job!” On Friday, March 2, the two, along with other characters from the show, will make their own silver-screen debut in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” While the movie retains all the wackiness of the show, including roles played by other “Awesome show” cast members including Will Ferrell, John C. Reilly and Zach Galifinakis, Eric said they aimed to stay true to their comedic style while transitioning into a feature film. “We knew we didn’t want the experience to be sketchy,” Eric said. “We

love movies so we wanted to make something that has a slightly more traditional structure. Also, at same time, we were kind of f–––– –g with movies, and the idea of movie within a movie and playing with every second of a movie.” In the movie, Tim and Eric’s characters are given a billion dollars to make a movie, which they squander away, and are left indebted to the Schlaaang Corporation. In order to make the money back, they take over a disheveled and bankrupt mall, full of unusual characters and shop owners, and run by Damien Weebs (Ferrell), in order to make their money back. Though it received an R-rating, some of the slightly more vulgar scenes may deter one from watching the movie with their mother, including penis-piercing, masturbation, a strange sex scene and a feces-bath received by Eric. The unapologetic comedy led to “mass walkouts” during the Sundance Film Festival screening. “We love surprising


Mindless Self Indulgence will be in Philly for a high energy performance at the Trocadero on March 7.

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the room and outfitted for two with headsets and recordings of various readings and excerpts. Upstairs, the “naughty reads” exhibition heralded back to visitor’s childhoods, simulating the experience of reading under the covers by flashlight after bedtime. Guests were given flashlights to view paintings, drawings and written pieces. During the event, which filled the house with guests wall to wall on every floor, Owens said she was pleased with the feedback from those in attendance. “People are engaged, talking to each other, participating and that’s exciting. We want it to be a comfortable experience for people,” Owens said. “Sometimes, art viewings are more ‘don’t touch this, don’t say that, everything you’re doing is not correct.’ We’re sort of the antithesis of that.” As guests participated in the literary and artistic activities, the lines between a traditional book reading or art gallery exhibit became totally blurred. Kwon said this was a prime intention in formulating the Booked! event. “I think that’s exactly how it should be,” Kwon said. “For example, [Tasillo] has an MFA in book arts and comes from a very artistic, hands -on background. My background is mostly prose


Filming fights poverty creatively Neighborhood Film Company aims to help those in need by teaching filmmaking. MEGHAN WHITE The Temple News

Due west of Temple and just before the Schuylkill River, a nondescript warehouse sits at the end of a one-way street. The second floor houses several studios and offices rented by creative types – one of these belongs to Neighborhood Film Company. Founded eight months ago, members of NFCo are working to establish themselves as a film production company in Philadelphia. NFCo, is different from other professional produc-

tion companies in that they are attempting to use the process of filmmaking to fight the cycles of poverty. Unlike other charitable organizations, NFCo founders Ricky Staub and Anders Lindwall said they hope to provide a “direct response to the issue [of poverty] rather than just highlighting it.” The idea for NFCo began with late-night brainstorming, after establishing that they wanted to combine what they knew how to do – filmmaking and helping people. Living in South Philadelphia, they said

they witnessed poverty firsthand. “I always thought it was weird that these kids would sit outside on their stoops every day after school, not doing anything – or their parents not doing anything – sitting on their stoops when the kids were at school,” Staub said. “What would it look like if I offered them something else to do with their time?” “I could actually teach [film] to someone,” Staub added. “What if we took these people that we knew and taught them how to shoot a feature film?”

Partnered with Project H.O.M.E., NFCo took the skill sets of its founders and decided to teach film skills to citizens in Philadelphia recovering from homelessness and addiction. Their ultimate goal as a production company is to one day make feature films. Currently, they’re working on several commercial projects, and mentoring their first student, Elliot, as necessary. He is being trained on audio for two hours a day in preparation for upcoming shoots.



Kristof Barton, one of NFCo’s employees, works on one of the company’s upcoming projects.


Check out this year’s hottest trends and Philly’s growing fashion presence with coverage of Philly Fashion week.



(Above) A wall hanging epitomizes the concept of merging words and art.

“How do we create a space with our own ability to make stuff, and also something accessible to a larger group or community?” Tasillo said. That evening, on Feb. 25, their three-floor home was packed with authors, artists and enthusiasts of all creative endeavors for Booked! – a collaboration between the Soapbox and HomeSkooled galleries. HomeSkooled Gallery claims its own space as well, as a destination for members of the art community to share their artistic endeavors and explore contemporary art. “Ultimately, we’re looking to diversify the type of crowd that enjoys art,” said Ellen Owens, one of four HomeSkooled Gallery founders. “Soapbox’s crowd tends to be book people, people that are poets, writers or book artists, and these people aren’t always necessarily typical artists.” “It’s about empowering people to feel like they can be artists themselves, and not just view things,” Owens added. “Thinking about all this and who would be interested, SoapBox was a good candidate to be involved.” Just inside the front door, a “Frankenstein story” lined the wall, and creative juices flowed as attendees contributed words, pictures and magazine cutouts to the group storytelling project. Venturing toward the back of the house, one encountered a small tent pitched in the corner of


Taylor Kitsch and director Andrew Stanton gives TTN the scoop on Disney’s new sci-fi film, “John Carter.”





International festival celebrates fibers The kickoff for the biannual festival, FiberPhiladelphia, is during this month’s First Friday.


NICOLE WELK The Temple News

arch’s First Friday marks the beginning of an exciting twomonth, citywide event celebrating a medium that’s often overlooked in the world of fine arts: fiber. FiberPhiladelphia will kick off its biannual arts festival with an opening reception and lecture March 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Moore College of Art and Design. The reception will include a welcome address from Mayor Michael Nutter. “He will be speaking to show his support for the program, with the initiative that Philadelphia is becoming this new ‘destination of the arts,’” said Sara Suleman, Temple alumnus and intern for the FiberPhiladelphia program. The opening event will also include speaker Elissa Auther, who will lecture about the debate on high and low art, as well as the position of fibers within the arts hierarchy. “I wanted to start with this statement: Nobody likes the word ‘fiber,’” FiberPhiladelphia director Amy Orr said. “This

event is just about good art, no FiberPhiladelphia as a matter what it’s called.” whole has a base that sits within The arts festival boasts Tyler School of Art. Many of more than 50 exhibitions around the interns and volunteers for the city showcasing local, na- the event are Tyler fibers stutional and international artists in dents, including Kelly Flegal, the medium. Nine of these ex- a senior fibers major. She said hibitions will have opening re- her job has entailed organizing ceptions during this week’s First the other Tyler volunteers and Friday, and four more opening organizing labels, among other receptions for April’s First Fri- responsibilities. day. “Really cool “ T h e things are hapfestival has pening through taken place this event,” Flegal in Philadelsaid. phia in ebbs One of these and flows “cool things” will since 1996,” include a show Orr said. featuring work It started from the students as a simple who took the time Amy Orr / to intern and volinitiative to fiberphiladelphia director bring togethunteer for Fiberer the crePhiladelphia. The ative community that worked show will feature the young, upwith fibers as a media base in and- coming artists who work their art. Orr was one of the art- with the medium. ists who jumpstarted the idea Flegal, an artist herself, exfor FiberPhiladelphia, along plained the different aspects of with curator, Bruce Hoffman. working with fiber. “[With this festival] we are “It allows for material exnow hoping to establish Phila- ploration – I can do digital, delphia as an international port sculptural or 2-D work,” Flegal for exhibiting textiles,” Hoff- said. “You are also in a constant man said. state of educating yourself on

“It speaks to people, even those who are not fomal artists or have a formal art background.”

the techniques.” “There is always a new technique to learn, and learning that technique can add to one of my pieces,” she added. Orr and Hoffman also have ties with Tyler, and the beginning of FiberPhiladelphia features the work of close friends and educators. “It’s a great Tyler network we have here,” Orr said. Orr also emphasized the uniqueness of fiber as an art form. “It speaks to people, even those who are not formal artists or have a formal art background,” Orr said. “It is an evocative material that pulls you in with two underlying principles: process and materials. These are the principles that draw someone into the work.”


The Snyderman-Works Gallery will have an opening reception of the 8th International Fiber Biannual. The exhibition will feature more than 50 artists from around the globe, featuring pieces that include Kozo

bark fiber sculptures and wall hangings.


The opening show for “Not A Stitch” will feature artists from the U.S. and the U.K., including two dimensional works of needlework, fiber and textile arts. The exhibition will include a wide range of creative works featuring the wide world of fibers, including a tarot deck illustrated with images of knitters and knitting, and bondage drawings of “knitwear fetishists.” For those unable to make the opening receptions during First Friday events, a bus loop will be offered to students to view all of the open galleries the following Saturday for a discounted price of $10. That Saturday, Tyler School of Art Fibers Department will also have an open studio from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nicole Welk can be reached at nicole.welk@temple.edu.

Tim and Eric make feature film debut everybody in our TV show, so of videos as protests against when there’s a pop sketch we film class.” kill off those characters immeOne of these was for their diately because we never want senior thesis project. When told it to be like a [Saturday Night to make a “serious documenLive] feel when you’re like ‘I tary” rather than their origicant believe you’re redoing this nal idea, the two made a video again,’” Eric said. “We feel like spoofing the assignment and got that’s cheap, and to us it’s more an “A” on it. Though he did cite challenging to try something the support of professor Dave new.” Perry as one who “promoted The duo met during their creativity,” Eric said that the time at Temple, from 1994-98, two had to take their comedy through film and media arts career into their own hands. classes. And “They were while Eric assupportive in serts that his other ways, but college career comedy wasn’t and living even an option in Philadelearly on,” Eric phia certainly said. played a role After colin what they do lege, Eric spent today, he said his time doing that it motivatwedding and bar ed them to “do mitzvah videos it themselves,” for clients in moreso than the Philly area it gave them and on the Main an edge in the Line. industry, or “I’m still any particuwaiting for Eric Wareheim / someone to be lar skills or “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, knowledge. like, ‘that’s my Great Job!” creator “I love bat mitzvah phoTemple betographer,’” Eric cause I met Tim there, but they said. “But that pretty cheesy ed[were] so unsupportive of com- iting – stupid wipes, like hearts edy,” Eric said. “We made a lot coming over the screen – we

“We went to [Los Angeles], interned with big production companies and we were really disillusioned with how the process works.”


kind of took that style when we made our new stuff.” With Tim working in New York, the two would meet up on weekends to film short, experimental art pieces. Another less serious work included the two wandering around Philadelphia, humping various landmarks in “Humpers.” “We went to [Los Angeles], interned with big production companies and we were really disillusioned with how the process works – trying to go from intern to director, that’s going to be 20 years of our lives,” Eric said. “So we were like, ‘f––k it,’ we came back to Philly, got real jobs, and tried a different way of doing it.” While Temple may not have had much of an influence on their future comedy career, Eric said the Philadelphia DIY punk scene did. A musician himself, Eric played with punk bands before and during college, and said he saw “1,000 shows” at the First Unitarian Church. “That community of doing stuff for yourself, screening your own T-shirts, promoting your own show – all that went into early Tim and Eric stuff,” Eric said. “We made our own website, and when we first left Philly we made these DVDs

with these shorts on it and that’s how we got discovered.” “I was making DVDs myself, doing the labels, making it professional and that all came from the DIY scene,” Eric added. He’s still involved with musical undertakings today, with a hand in producing various music videos. “I give so much credit to that world – not having any money but [still] figuring it out,” Eric said. “Now, it’s so easy to send a YouTube link, you know, ‘check out my comedy,’ but back then there was no YouTube, and it took a little more work to make a nice presentation.” Now, in Hollywood, the two have continued their way of doing things, and “Billion Dollar Movie” can certainly attest to that. “It’s commentary in two parts, commentary on Hollywood movies – you see that in the first part of the movie, but our comedy is always a comment on comedy,” Eric said. “We usually feel like we’re in this post-comedy world where we’ve seen every joke and every character.” “We’re trying to find new things to make us laugh and sometimes that has a sarcastic

edge to it. [Initially] we wanted a laugh track – it’s all making fun of the way traditional movies are made to make money,” he added. Everything from casting – Eric said he had a personal hand in choosing extras, and ‘dredged from the bottom of the acting barrel’ to find unusual faces – to editing, where he said they like to use editors straight out of art school to avoid it looking ‘too clean and professional,’ speaks to their style. Moving forward, Eric said that a “trillion dollar movie,” is hopefully in their future, and six episodes of “Check it out with Dr. Steve Bruhl” will run in March. Additionally, the pair has got another TV show in development, though their still formulating new characters. And while he said they’re still taking their time forming the basis of the show, fans can be assured it will still be in the same vein of past Tim and Eric endeavors, though it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what that means. “We don’t have a name for it, it’s just Tim and Eric,” Eric said. “A

lot of our friends work in the ad world and they’re like, ‘do you realize people use your name to describe a certain kind of thing?’ Like, ‘we want this to be a Tim and Eric-y commercial, which means weird editing, bad people on camera who shouldn’t be on camera, crazy colors, and were like ‘that’s great.’” Kara Savidge can be reached at kara.savidge@temple.edu.





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Tim and Eric stand in the mall they manage in “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” The two, creators of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” met through the film and media arts program at Temple in 1994.





Booked! engages creative types from all backgrounds BOOKED! PAGE 9 fiction and writing, and I came to book arts very late.” “I think that people interested in book arts are people who can only tell a story through text and image,” she added. “We’re telling stories but the imagery speaks more to what they want to tell, so it just appeals to certain kinds of people.” In expanding its clientele and partnerships, SoapBox offers several resources to Philadelphians interested in printing and book arts. Its basement studio includes a sign-maker press, wood type, book press and a saddle stapler. Looking to the future of both of the relatively new galleries – HomeSkooled was founded in 2009 – further collaboration seems to prove key in the visions of both the SoapBox and HomeSkooled, in terms of imminent endeavors. Owens said that although no formal plans have been established, she hopes to hold events with the Philly Tool Share – essentially, a West Philly-based library for tools – as well as Habi-

tat for Humanity. “We’re looking at other places that have a different mission that we could bring our loyal, excited crowd of participants to and really gel together and get people activated for a cause, whatever that may be,” Owens said. For Tasillo, the idea of collaboration means more people using their 51st Street space, and bringing more ideas into and expanding the realm of printmaking, through processes including screenprinting and papermaking. “Largely, we see growing what we started and the idea of having more people involved – more people’s imaginations coming into the picture of what this space can be,” Tasillo said. And with the rising popularity of online publications and the growing use of technology including Nooks and Kindles seeming to disregard the written word in its tangible form, Tasillo sees it as an opportunity to prove the importance and significance of books and book art. “With more material going

into an online format, there’s more room for the book as an object, as a handheld thing to be a more exciting format,” Tasillo said. She said she sees letterpress printing – one of the tools that their studio offers – and other printing mechanisms of the like, as a “backlash to digital culture.” “I don’t know if I’m worried about people reading or not, I think people are reading online,” Tasillo said. “But I think reading a handmade book allows people to slow down and engage more deeply with the narrative instead of Facebook surfing, blog surfing. There’s a question of slowing down and being able to focus on a narrative in a different way.” Kara Savidge can be reached at kara.savidge@temple.edu.


Attendees at Booked! add words and pictures to the story wall on the first floor.

Mindless Self Indulgence DANIELLE MIESS The Temple News

Mindless Self Indulgence is no longer just a band, but a brand name. The industrial/rock/techno/ rap foursome, also known as MSI, has a musical styling and high-energy live performance that is all their own. The novelty of their sound is evident in the fact that MSI has toured with artists across the world, as diverse as the Birthday Massacre, Linkin Park and the German metal band, Rammenstein. The New York City-based band’s individual talents have also been featured in comic books, soundtracks, video games, art galleries, clothing lines and side projects. However, the 10-year project of MSI has been the longest running creation of all. The band consists of lead singer Jimmy Urine, guitarist Steve Righ?, bassist LynZ and drummer, Kitty. After a brief hiatus, MSI is preparing for an upcoming tour with Morningwood.

The Temple News: For the first time in three years, MSI is doing a nationwide tour in the U.S. What can fans expect? Jimmy Urine: Fans can expect the same stupid [stuff] they have always expected. We’re going to do the Mindless show, man. We’re going to hopefully do some more dates abroad if we can finangle all that, and hopefully have a new record out by the end of the year. But right now we’re going to get in your face and spit on you. TTN: Will you be playing any new music on the tour? JU: No, there’s not going to be any major new music right now. I’ve been doing some side projects and I’ve had to put a possible Mindless album on the back-burner. TTN: I’ve read on the MSI message boards that you said there’s a new album coming out named “God’s Son,” but it doesn’t seem to be confirmed anywhere else. Is there any truth to that?

JU: That’s what I love about our kids – not only are they hackers and really cool and smart but they’re also gossipy and silly in that sense. I have said I want to do a new record but I haven’t said anything Courtesy Tell All Your Friends about it, but there’s supposedly a title and Mindless Self Indulgence will play a show in Philly on March 7 at the Trocadero. it’s going to come out and decide what we’re going to the same point, I don’t want to you with a step ladder or someon this date and that date. All the [stuff] on the Inter- do next. Most bands are more do this forever. I wouldn’t want thing because getting back on net isn’t official and is definitely worried about their mortgage to see the Sex Pistols now, and I that stage is a pain in the [butt]. not from my mouth. Well now than when their heroin hits go- don’t want to see MSI play when Every paper is like, ‘Where are I’m 50. I want to remember the you psyched to go next?’ What I’ve got my name. I’m going to ing to come. TTN: In the 10 years Sex Pistols as the Sex Pistols. I I’m most psyched to do is go to let the board write the album for me – it’s much easier than me since MSI began, some of you don’t want to remember Johnny the U.K. My number one thing have gotten married and had Lydon walking around like a to beat down the U.S. is that you writing it. don’t have bangers and mash. TTN: MSI is known for kids. Is MSI’s sound going to fat-ss. TTN: You’re playing at Although, I must say the cheeshigh-energy live performanc- mature as well? JU: We’re the same cra- the Trocadero March 7. What esteaks are pretty damn good. es. Are people surprised that you’re not the same people in zy band. We started evolving are you looking forward to Danielle Miess can be reached slowly anyway before we got most about coming back to real life as you are on stage? at danielle.miess@temple.edu. JU: Not really – you keep married and had kids. But you Philly? JU: We like the Troc and it real 24 hours a day and you’ll can do anything on stage, bebe in prison. We’ve been around cause people paid to see you do we’ve been there a bunch of for 10 years because we do the something. You can get up there times. That stage is so high it’s Daffy Duck [stuff] and then we and talk or make a sacrifice to ridiculous. If you jump off that go home and count our money Satan, it doesn’t matter. But, at stage, have someone to help





Blossoming fashion scene takes runway


According to columnist Mark Longacre, Philly Fashion Week 2012 was a testament to the city’s growing interest in high fashion. n the fashion world, there’s nothing better than watching bright spring colors dance down a runway. On Friday, Feb. 24, FBH The Agency hosted Philly Fashion Week’s seventh season in the Crane Arts building in Old Kensington. Before I dive into the hot pieces of the show, I would like to commend the organizers of the event for a smooth flow. The catering service and bar allowed the event’s attendees to relax and indulge in the mingling area. In the entry room, local vendors showcased their jewelry, shoes and nail designs – nothing says glamour more than impromptu manicures. All sarcasm aside, it was awesome to see so many local businesses working together to make fashion a part of Philadelphia culture. Additionally, I was very surprised to see that Philadelphia fashionistas are open to such bold clothing designs. The accepting atmosphere in the city’s fashion circle is a relatively new phenomenon. “The city has changed a lot – it is not as conservative,” said Irina Sigal, a designer whose been in Philly for more than 20 years. “People dressed up for every day.” Previously, shoppers were only concerned about the basics and weren’t interested in outlandish fashion.

“[They would ask,] ‘Where would I wear it?’” Sigal said. “Now there are places to wear it.” Unlike New York Fashion Week that showcased fall 2012 clothing in February, Philly Fashion Week designers displayed their spring collections. New York Fashion Week designers reveal clothing two seasons in advance in order to give department store and boutique buyers a chance to select the pieces they want to sell in the store. Although buyers did attend, the show mostly appealed directly to consumers. It was refreshing because most people don’t want to wait to buy the clothing they want. We go directly to the source, and Philly Fashion Week brought clothing directly to the buyers. Marketing the show and the clothes directly to the public is groundbreaking in itself, but the fashion show also appealed to a wide audience. The first designer – Street Mode – appealed to an urban audience, yet Banana Republic’s “A Weekend in the Hamptons” line was perfect for exactly what the name entails. I really enjoyed seeing a wide array of people coming to see their personal style while still appreciating a style opposite of their own. The urban inspired opener, Street Mode, wowed the audi-

ence with bold, curve-hugging designs. The fashion industry is constantly criticized because of the unhealthy measures some models will go to in order to stay on top in the fashion industry. Street Mode showed rompers and jumpers that a well-endowed girl could wear next to a petite girl, without anything looking out of place. Few clothing styles can appeal equally to two significantly different body styles. Delaware designer Keiko Myrtice also highlighted women’s bodies with sleek waistlines with extravagant arms. Several outfits featured asymmetrical dress with very elaborate ruching on the sleeves. My favorite outfit was a simple, black longsleeved top paired with a white poodle skirt with black trim. The outfit was clean and simple, yet sophisticated, and the line was very sophisticated urban. Keiko Myrtice had a sleek and sexy theme throughout the line, but Philadelphia designer Leah Delfiner, creator of Pretty Pretty Rebel completely changed the atmosphere of the show with her loud, punk-inspired collection. It was interesting to see neon colors with sheer accents in the Philly fashion scene, because I never thought of the city as adventurous when it comes to fashion. Pretty Pretty Rebel may


Models walk the runway wearing designs by (left to right) Keiko Myrtice, LAS Swimwear and Mariel Rojo.

have intrigued the fashion week attendees, but LAS Swimwear made mouths drop faster than a sale at Neiman Marcus. The first swimsuit was a bright red men’s string bikini. The men’s line had several board short-style swimsuits, in addition to several square cut and brief styles. The women’s featured bikinis and sexy, cutout one pieces. Given how close we are to spring break, I was very excited to see what’s hot for this year’s swimsuits. LAS Swimwear was very fashion forward and modern, with very minimal coverage for men, but Banana Republic’s “A Weekend at the Hamptons” put a modern spin on the traditional prep motif. The stylists in charge of the line nailed the motif and truly crated a Hampton’s inspired clothing spread. The clean lines and neutral colors complemented the slender model’s figure. It also fit very easily in the ready-to-wear theme of the show in that the pieces could be easily mixed and matched to

make several outfits. Finally, Mariel Rojo closed the show with a line that reminded me of something Zenon would wear from Disney’s “Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century.” The form fitting spandex and neon colors in the line would have made a perfect Dayglow outfit, but they’re a little loud for day-to-day wear. It appears the fashion scene is growing as the city grows. Philadelphians are beginning to demand a fashion scene because they value the creativity and expression associated with unique apparel. I’m incredibly excited to see the couture show. Mark Longacre can be reached at mark.longacre@temple.edu.


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 HandMeg


Columnist Meghan White offers instructions for how to get creative with nail art.



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am not really one for doing a full face of makeup everyday. Frankly, I am much more likely to wear jeans and a T-shirt than I am to dress up, but I would be hard pressed to tell you the last time I didn’t have nail polish on. While I have a strong preference for tacky nail art – and by preference I mean extreme weakness for tacky nail art – I can class it up when need be. Having nail polish on makes me feel like my look is complete. That sounds sort of trite and horrible, but really is true. As if I don’t spend enough “me” time with myself anyway, taking a half an hour or so out of my week to make my nails all pretty gives me some alone time. It also allows me to zone out and reflect on all the things that I should be doing instead of painting my nails. This list generally consists of paper writing and thinking, “oh god why didn’t I use the bathroom before painting my nails?” Now, I’m also not one to go out and have my nails done at a salon, and frankly on a college budget, doing so with any frequency is somewhat cost prohibitive. So I have an ever-growing collection of nail polish and an ever-growing list of techniques to try out. I still have yet to get to the level where I don’t smudge my nails. And they’re generally chipped two days later – a problem made worse by the fact that I love picking at my nail polish. But I do try really hard to not wreck a pretty set of nails. I’m going to share three nail techniques. The first requires some special equipment, and the other two use objects you may already have around the house. The first technique is called stamping. I originally heard about it while spending too many hours watching beauty gurus do their thing on YouTube. The brand version I first heard of was Konad, though I use generic supplies myself. More recently, if you’re into watching horrible television like I am, you’re likely to have seen “As Seen On TV” spot for a similar product. Like all good infomercials, the ad involves middle aged women who were all incapable of putting nail art onto their fingers until this product came along. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t buy into it, but look


Imagine a playground of beer, where the Tap of God streams endless golden hop juice into giant steins. Monkey bars made of soft pretzels, sky-high slides that spill into pools of pilsner, spinning beer bottles and unlimited, all-you-can-guzzle beer. Sounds magical, right? While the annual Philly Craft Beer Festival probably won’t have water slides with stouts or beer bottle ring tosses, that all-you-can-chug element wasn’t a joke. Featuring more than 50 breweries including Yards, Triumph, Anchor, Sly Fox and more, and including more than 100 beers, this festival is the closest beer-lovers will come to heaven on earth. Heated tents and stands of brewers and beer specialists will line the former Naval Air Strip down at the Navy Yard for the afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Committee to Benefit Children, a volunteer-based charity that seeks to provide financial assistance to children and their families with cancer, leukemia and other blood disorders.


into a few products first. I purchased my supplies more or less in bulk. That, coupled with watching a few videos on YouTube, and I was good to go the first time I started stamping my nails. For this technique you’ll need: - Nail art plate – laser en graved plate from your choice of manufacturer - Nail stamper - Scraper - Base coat and nail polish - Special nail stamping pol ish – while not entirely nec essary, this kind of polish is more viscous and generally results in a better image transfer. - Top coat – I can’t stress the importance of a good top coat enough – my personal choice is Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.


1. Apply a base coat and optional nail color to your nails. Let this dry completely. We’re not just talking a level of dryness when the polish is not sticky, make sure it’s completely dry. 2. Once dry, put the special polish onto the desired engraved image on plate, and immediately scrape off the excess. 3. Roll the stamper onto the image, then roll the image onto your nail. Repeat for as many designs and nails as you want. This part can take some practice, but once you get good at it, it will go quickly. 4. Wait until dry and then apply a top coat. This part is crucial because if you don’t put on a top coat your design will probably come off the first time you wash your hands. 5. Admire your handiwork and accept any compliments graciously. The second technique is a quick way to achieve half-moon nails. It is much faster than freehanding the same design, and often achieves a much cleaner effect. Half-moon nails are sort of a reverse on French manicures. Instead of the tip of the nail being the only part being painted, most of the nail is painted except for the lunula, which is the lightish bit at the base of your nails. This technique can also be done with a colored base coat on the nails for a two-toned look.


- Base coat


- One or two colors of nail polish - Paper reinforcements – yes, those stickers you put on hole punched paper - Top coat


1. Apply a clear base coat to your nails. After it dries you have the option of painting your nails a color but if you do make sure your nails are completely dry before moving onto the next step. 2. Cut reinforcements in half and apply to your nails, obscuring the lunula. Yes, stick it onto your nail, and make sure that you press down around the edges. 3. Paint the exposed portion of your nail, from the reinforcement to the tip. 4. Once dry, remove the reinforcement and apply your top coat. The third technique is for scalloped trim nails. I recently learned this technique and have deemed it perfectly dainty for spring. While it can be a bit more time consuming than the other techniques, the result is pretty adorable without being over the top.


- Two colors of nail polish - Straight sewing pin with a spherical head - Scrap paper - Top coat


1. Apply your base coat and then your base color. Wait to dry between layers. There’s a lot of waiting to dry with nail polish – sorry. 2. Put a drop of your scallop color onto the scrap piece of paper. Don’t put out too much, or else it will dry before you can use it. I also suggest that this color be darker than the base color. 3. Quickly dip the head of the pin into the scallop color, then stamp it onto the tip of your nail. This will create a dot. Stamp another dot next to the first, and continue across the tips of all of your nails. 4. Fill in any missed space on the tips of your nails with the polish brush, creating a scalloped effect. 5. Wait until dry – this may take a bit longer than usual as the scallop trim polish is likely a little thicker. Apply your top coat. Meghan White can be reached at meghan.white@temple.edu.

Leap Year is one of those under appreciated holidays. Unlike Mardi Gras or Halloween, it only happens once every four years. But in our eyes, that’s just more of a cause to celebrate. TIME Restaurant is holding a Throwback Leap Year party on its upstairs level, where DJ Ben Arsenal will spin your favorite throwback jams. We’re not sure how far back he’ll go – Debussy, anyone? But even if the tunes are a bust, TIME will also be serving $4 mixed drinks, including apple-tinis and cosmopolitans.


homeless people NFCO PAGE 9 So far, many of their clients have been local, and they have shot a video for Anthropologie. That job lead to working on four projects for Longwood Gardens, who hired them without knowing about the unique aspects of NFCo. “They’re super great to work with because they trust us and we come up with crazy ideas,” Staub said. They’ve also had a couple of weeks shooting behind the scenes material for an M. Night Shyamalan movie starring Will Smith. Lindwall described the experience as “weird” because they went from “hanging out with Will Smith” to being back in the office. “Commercial practice, it pays bills and keeps us employed,” Lindwall said. “Basically, every job that we are contracted to do there is a mentorship to do.” “If you work with us, you mentor too,” he added. “As more individuals such as Elliot come on if you want to work with us, you have to teach. Every job is a training vehicle to shoot features.” A current project in the works is a non-governmental organization, in the form of a nonprofit film school, geared specifically toward employment for adults living with mental illness or recovering from homelessness and addiction. Lindwall said that the school, which is still being conceptualized, would have three stages, all of them geared toward eventual employment. “I think it’s good practice in the realm of professionalism, working with clients,” Staub said. “It’s real life stakes – the biggest thing is to be professional.” “We want to be just as good as every other company out there and still do it this way,” he added. The first stage would teach basic life skills, including helping people earn their GED, typing and working with Mac computers. The second stage would be a general


overview of the film process. The third and final stage would allow those at the school to specialize in something they could see themselves doing as a career. From there, students would be paired with a professional in their desired field for further mentoring. Eventually the training would prepare them to be an employee at NFCo. Ideally though, the process does not stop there. “The imagination is not just us hiring [the students] but also other professionals in the industry,” Staub said. As a company with only six employees, they are currently working on eight separate projects, all in different stages. While the projects are smaller, for the most part, each of them provides a valuable opportunity not only for teaching, but also to establish NFCo as a production company. In keeping with their goal of being a direct response to the issue of poverty, Staub said while it is not completely ruled out, the idea of making a documentary about homelessness or addictions is not a priority. Current brainstorming efforts revolve around ideas for short films, in order to branch out from their roots in commercial videos. While commercial videos provide good practice for film skills, shooting short films with a small team would allow NFCo to establish themselves as storytellers. Working on short films would also put them a step closer to working on featurelength films. Lindwall said that NFCo’s motto is “here to be together.” So while it is still important for NFCo to put out the best product possible, doing well on jobs ultimately means that they can continue to work together in the same capacity and grow as a company. Meghan White can be reached at meghan.white@temple.edu.

After the previous night’s drunken debacle, cure your hangover and wake up and smell the flowers – literally. With spring approaching, there’s no better way to beat winter’s final chills and take in some warm-weather blooms. The theme of this year’s show is the Islands of Aloha, and the Convention Center will be transformed into a Pacific paradise. The flowers and plants, as well as art and culture of Hawaii’s islands will be on display, and guests will be able to participate in a traditional luau, complete with hula dancing and music. Just don’t forget to flash your Owl Card – tickets for students are $20, compared to adult admission for $27. If you can’t drop the dough, don’t worry. More than 65 local businesses throughout the city are participating in the flower show’s window decorating contest, competing to win the one of many categories. Participating businesses include Bredenbeck’s Bakery at 8126 Germantown Ave., Just Dogs Gourmet at 1804 Chestnut St. and London Grill at 23rd Street and Fairmount Avenue. -Alexis Sachdev



ALEXANDRA OLIVIER The Temple News Dr. Bettye Collier-Thomas is no stranger to receiving awards. Former director of the Temple University Center for African-American History and Culture and a professor in the Department of History, Dr. Collier-Thomas is a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, founder and first executive director of the Bethune Museum and Archives in Washington, D.C. and author of three award-winning books. Collier-Thomas has received multiple research grants from the Lilly Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She was awarded the Carter Godwin Woodson Distinguished Scholars Medallion in 2001 from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and holds fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., the National Humanities Center and Princeton University. While on sabbatical serving as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Temple News sat down with Dr. CollierThomas to discuss what Black History Month means to her and her experiences of being a distinguished scholar. The Temple News: What does Black History Month mean to you? Bettye Collier-Thomas: As an historian, I recognize the importance of Black History Month as a time of reflection on the history and accomplishments of a people that continue to struggle for equality and social justice in a society that has not quite overcome its past. As an American, I am proud of how far we have come in the struggle to recognize the humanity of all of our people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion and sexuality. As a black American I know that it is important that we keep this history alive and share it – if only for a month – with the millions who are bombarded by the media daily with misinformation. TTN: Your publications, specifically award-winning anthology “Sisters in the Struggle: African-American Women in the Civil Rights-Black Power Movement” and the highly celebrated and award winning “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice: African American Women and Religion” have received widespread acclaim. What has been the impact of this national acclaim on you and your current work? BCT: “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice” has brought greater recognition to me and my scholarship. The acclaim has had little impact on me as a person. I am still the same down-to-earth scholar that I have been. I am currently researching and writing “‘In Politics to Stay:’ A History of African-American Women and Politics, 1865-2008.” Hopefully, the national acclaim for “Jesus, Jobs, and Justice” will stimulate interest in my current work which grows out of and builds upon my previous scholarship.

TTN: During your sabbatical in 2011-12 you are serving as a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. How are scholars chosen for these coveted positions? BCT: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars was established as part of the Smithsonian Institution by act of Congress in 1968. Its purpose is to provide “a link between the world of ideas and the world of policy,” foster research, study, discussion and collaboration among individuals concerned with governance, policy and scholarship in both national and world affairs. The competition for Wilson Center fellowships, and to be named a senior scholar or public policy scholar at a premier research center, such as the Wilson Center, is stiff. Individuals interested in fellowships, and being considered for appointments as public policy scholars and senior scholars submit proposals which undergo a rigorous vetting process. Public policy scholars and senior fellows are selected and invited by the director of the Wilson Center. TTN: What does your work at the Wilson Center entail? BCT: This is my second stint at the Woodrow Wilson Center. In 2008-2009, as a fellow, I began the research on black women and politics. In the fellowship proposal, I asserted that “Contemporary policy issues are based upon municipal, state, ad national governmental official perceptions and concerns of the electorate,” “We Are in Politics, and in Politics to Stay: African American Women and Politics” will trace the history of black women’s involvement in the political process, and illustrate the relationship between their political agenda and their lives as black women. It will provide politicians and governmental agencies with the kind of data and policy discourse needed to make balance and informed public policy decisions. As a public policy scholar in 201112, I am continuing that research. My aim is to produce a book-length publication – the first comprehensive study on black women and politics. Given that there is no published book-length general history of African Americans and politics, this work will contribute to the larger history of American politics and the significant role of black Americans in that enterprise. TTN: What do you consider to be some of your most important accomplishments in the areas of American history, African-American and women’s history and what will be your legacy? BCT: First and foremost, let me say that I don’t know what my legacy will be. I hope that I will be recognized for my overall accomplishments as a teacher, scholar and founder and that my work will have a salutary impact on the research and interpretation of American history, African-American and women’s history. It is too early to predict the outcome. Alexandra Olivier can be reached at alexandra.olivier@temple.edu.




Courtesy Bettye Collier-Thomas




Alumna returns to North Broad for pro game Fatima Maddox will return to North Broad Street, but this time wearing a Harlem Globetrotters’ jersey. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News For the first time since 2007, Fatima Maddox will play on the court where she helped the Owls win their third consecutive Atlantic Ten Conference Championship. But instead of donning the Cherry and White, she’ll be wearing Harlem Globetrotters’ red, white and blue. The last time Maddox stepped onto the court in the Liacouras Center, she was playing her final home game on senior night. She went on to score nine points on four of 10 shooting, grabbed three rebounds, and dished out four assists in a 74-64 Owls’ victory over Saint Louis. The Owls were 11-0 in the conference at the time and looked for their fourth consecutive title. Now Maddox returns to North Broad Street on March 9 to continue another winning streak, the one the Globetrotters have over the Washington Generals. She said she never thought she’d get another opportunity to play in a place she calls her second home. “I wasn’t sure if I’d ever play there again, so for me to be able to go back there as a Harlem Globetrotter, I’m ecstatic,” Maddox said.

“Just to be back in that environment, I mean, I remember it like it was yesterday,” she added. “Those are some of my best years of my life, playing in that gym.” And instead of using crossovers on defenders to get an open shot, she’ll be using some of the flashier moves she’s learned the past few months to entertain a crowd full of young children and their families. “I thought I was pretty good at dribbling and stuff like that, but [the Globetrotters] kind of showed me there’s different levels you can take each trick,” Maddox said. “It’s a lot of fun though.” Maddox made history last fall when the Globetrotters selected her to be the first woman on the team since 1993. Since then, she’s spent plenty of time learning the tricks of the Globetrotters’ trade, putting in hours of philanthropy with the team’s “C.H.E.E.R. for Character” campaign and growing close to her teammates, separate locker room and all. “Actually it’s not as bad as one might imagine,” Maddox said. “I get my own space, obviously, I get my own locker room. And the guys, truly they’ve embraced me and made feel like one of the family.” The Globetrotters play three games in Philadelphia, two in the Wells Fargo Center on March 11, and another in Maddox’s old stomping grounds two days earlier. She said she’s excited to return and hopeful to get some time off to see friends and family and revisit Main Campus.

“I definitely would like to step in there and see how Temple has evolved,” Maddox said of potentially practicing in the renovated McGonigle Hall. “I hope we practice in there, I think that would be pretty cool.” Since becoming the first Globetrottess in 18 years, Maddox said she’s received great support from Temple, but she also tries to stay up-to-date on the women’s basketball team. “I definitely have faith in the program and what coach [Tonya] Cardoza is doing,” Maddox said. “And I’m pretty confident that they’ll finish out strong.” So as the Owls rest from the A-10 tournament and potentially prepare for an NCAA Tournament appearance, Maddox will be preparing for her first of possibly many visits back to North Broad Street with the Globetrotters. “For me to be a part of something so legendary, and a part of a team with such great athletes that played on the team – I’m on a team that Wilt Chamberlain played on – so I don’t know if it’s sunk in all the way,” she said. “But I hope that I’m around for a long time.” Jake Adams can be reached at jake.adams@temple.edu.

Courtesy Harlem Globetrotters

Fatima Maddox, 2007 alumna, returns to the Liacouras Center on March 9 for the first time as a Harlem Globetrottess.

South Philly cookie truck to join Main Campus next month According to Uwishunu, Cookie Confidential has plans to renovate Sugar Rush and join Main Campus’ fleet of lunch trucks by mid-March. ALEXIS SACHDEV Living Editor To add to the already vast array of food trucks on Main Campus, South Philly cookie shop Cookie Confidential has announced plans to open a corresponding cookie truck next month. Currently located at 517 S. Fifth St., Cookie Confidential offers an array of eclectic baked goods, including bacon chocolate chip and Sriracha mango cookies. Its goods are also available for sale at several Capogiro locations throughout the city. Despite the company’s success and acclaim in the city, Insomnia Cookies, located at 12th and Montgomery streets, is generally considered a goto cookie truck on Main Campus to alleviate all sweet-tooth cravings. Dan Varner, an employee at Insomnia, said the cookie truck isn’t too worried about competition. “We’ve all looked at their selection, and they have quite a few really odd things,” Varner said. “I think [Cookie Confidential’s success] is going to be hit or miss.” Though Insomnia recently upped its price per


cookie from $1 to $1.25, Varner said the economics of competition aren’t worrisome, either. He said if the cookies are similar in size, there might be an issue, but because Cookie Confidential offers cookies made with dehydrated meats, its prices might be higher than Insomnia’s. Cookie Confidential was unavailable for comment. “We’ve had competition move in here in the past, but they’re all gone,” Varner said. According to Visit Philly’s regularly updated blog of events in the city, Uwishunu, Cookie Confidential’s baker Melissa Torre will offer a rotating array of cookies, including the company’s raspberry balsalmic, maple bacon oatmeal and cheesesteak, in addition to cake pops, coffee and other refreshments. Uwishunu reported that Cookie Confidential will occupy the currently defunct Sugar Rush truck on 12th and Norris streets. “At first I won’t be doing deliveries,” Torres told Uwishunu. “But hopefully [I’ll] be able to add it down the road with online ordering maybe by fall.”


Insomnia Cookies, located at Montgomery and Norris streets, currently has a monopoly on the Alexis Sachdev can be reached at cookie business on Main Campus. Cookie Confidential will be opening a truck on Main Campus asachdev@temple.edu. by mid-March.





Fresh raspberry puree and balsamic vinaigrette, topped with smoked sea salt.

Dehydrated grass fed beef and dehydrated red onions in a cheddar cookie topped with tomato cream cheese.

Peanut butter cookie with balsamic vinegar, honey and dehydrated, nitrate free hot dogs.

Dried pineapple, macadamia nuts and coconut in a key lime cookie.




Editor exposes reasons Columnist advocates for for psuedo relationships cooperation not judgment WHAT’S LOVE

Vague classifications such as these shirk us from any responsibility or commitment, and instead encourage the notion that these relationships are flighty, temporary and meaningless. There are no clearly marked boundaries, either. Is it an open relationship? Is it exclusive? When it’s time for the relationship to end, do you break up or just stop returning phone calls? Even worse, when it does end, we go through the same run-around. We’ll “take breaks” – or a “hiatus” for the more eloquent folk – resolve to be “just friends” or straight up stop talking. I don’t think this unclear terminology is indicative of a fear of commitment, though. No, instead we’re afraid of being honest and forthright in regards to our feelings for another. Feelings are scary. I know. When it comes down to being honest and risking getting hurt or shutting up and living in blissful oblivion, nine times out of 10 we’ll choose the latter. Entering into a full-fledged official relationship means one day officially breaking up and all that messy, emotional baggage that comes with. It means allowing ourselves to be vulnerable, letting someone see our weaknesses and scars and letting down all the defenses we built in light of past relationships. To keep everything from going all Charlie Foxtrot, we’ll just clam up and accept the circumstances our other has imposed. There’s nothing wrong with asking for more. More love, more affection, more attention, more romance. If you don’t, you’ll probably end up like me: confused, a little angsty and exhausted of chasing the fairy tale ending. And the issue is that your S.O. probably doesn’t know you want any of this. Hell, he or she might want it, too. But you two have probably been reinforcing the defenses on your castles for so long that you’ve been ignoring each other’s needs. So instead of lying to each other – and yourselves – come forward and declare your feelings. It’s the only way you’ll derive peace of mind from the situation. In case you were wondering, I stopped lying to Hunky Heartthrob that I hate formal titles and that I don’t want a relationship. It was scary and real, but it was real and that’s all that matters. I also finally mustered the courage to ask H.H. what I am to him. “Be confident, you are my confidant,” he said. I can’t confidently say I’m OK with that yet, or the fact that he still considers himself single, but I’ve at least taken the first steps toward an honest whatever-we-are, whether it’s successful or not.

“To keep everything from going all Charlie Foxtrot, we’ll just clam up and accept the circumstances our other has imposed.”

Alexis Sachdev can be reached at asachdev@temple.edu.


here are m a n y things that can be said of President Barack Obama and his administration, but a lack of support for the GLBT community is not one of them. BRANDON BAKER The White House hosted its firstColumnist Brandon ever LGBT ConferBaker reflects on ence on Health on Feb. his experiences at 16, featuring a keynote by Secretary the White House’s address of Health and Human LGBT Conference Services Kathleen Sebelius and a panel on Health and on discussion hosted by strides the Obama Health and Human administration has Services officials. The series of conferences made for GLBT symbolically was rights. kicked-off in our own Philadelphia. And my point in mentioning this, you might be wondering? Stop whining about Obama “not doing enough.” I was thankful to be an audience member of the conference, and I am here to report that not only does the Obama administration care about the GLBT community, but more strikingly, it cares enough to actually listen. “The goal of these conferences is to talk about some of the work that we’re doing that might be of interest to you in health,” Sebelius said. “But it’s also a real opportunity … to listen, to have you share your ideas and your challenges and your struggles with us because that really helps us inform our policy each and every day.” Consider, for a moment, what this statement might look like if we were to throw Sebelius to the wayside and insert a quote from a Bush administration crony. The quote would most likely feature phrases akin to “we’re here to help you fight your unhealthy lifestyle,” or boast embarrassingly inaccurate statements about the GLBT community’s connection to HIV and AIDS. The day-long event brought to the forefront some minor details regarding the administration’s GLBT efforts that have not been quite as commonly mentioned in the press. Such details included the Affordable Care Act’s banning of insurance companies denying customers based on their sexual orientation and – impressively – the act’s provision that prevents federally-funded hospitals from restricting visitation rights between same-sex partners. But of course, most would be more inclined to let these positive tidbits continue to float in no man’s land, instead focusing on the terror of dirty words like “mandate” and “insurance exchanges” QCHAT


t’s Friday night in a basement somewhere near North Gratz and Berks streets. Cigarette and marijuana smoke devour the oxygen, so we retreat outside for the cliché and counterintuitive cigarette and fresh air. ALEXIS SACHDEV I turn to some friends, complaining that I In her inaugural haven’t heard from relationship my – Here’s where column, columnist I stumble over my Alexis Sachdev words. My face twists considers the into a soured expression of confusion and reasons behind curiosity. I’m never at vague relationship a loss for words. That is, until now. statuses. I realize there is no name for whatever this 6-foot, brownhaired boy is, with whom I’ve been spending my days. He’s not my boyfriend, but we like each other. My “boo”? I’m not Usher. “Significant other” feels entirely too mature, “lover” is an exaggeration, I reserve “companion” for household pets and any moniker referencing sex is just not my style. What’s a kind-of-sort-of single girl to do? We go out for Bonté waffles and both love Indian food, he teaches me how to long-board, I correct his grammar, we’ve met each other’s families, he makes sure I’m getting enough sleep and I nag him to finish his homework. In short, we care about each other. Yet I can’t figure out how to describe the company I keep with this hunky, blue-eyed goofball to my mom. After you’ve taken a minute or two to puke up your breakfast at all this cuteness, remember that it is part of human nature to name everything. Each color, from seashell to sapphire, has a precise name. Kitchen utensils, diseases, animals – extinct and living – and that weird metal thing to measure your foot at a shoe store – every object and atom that surrounds us and consumes our lives has a name, and is classified in a larger named group, and the pattern continues. Yet even in the English language – with its vastness and precision – we still tie our tongues when it comes to talking about love and lust. As young adults, we often refer to our romantic ventures as “seeing each other,” “friends with benefits,” “dating,” “sleeping together” or “hooking up.”

Adding some green to morning routine



h e n you’re imprisoned at the TECH Center, kicking yourself for leaving that Mosaic paper until the last minute, the remorse and self-loathing you’re feeling doesn’t sting as much when you know you picked an enMARISA STEINBERG vironmentally-friendly caffeinated companion. Columnist Marisa Sprinting around the city Steinberg offers with a paper Starbucks cup in hand sleeve is so Lindsay advice to enjoy Lohan circa 2007. Please, a greener cup of don’t follow in her ecologicoffee for less. cally large footsteps. The Earth can’t really handle more LiLos – for a multitude of reasons, but that’s for another column – as Americans alone consume approximately 56 billion disposable paper coffee cups annually. Although some companies have been attempting to lessen the negative environmental consequences of coffee containers, such as Starbucks’ introduction of 10 percent post-consumer recycled fiber cups, real progress toward sustainability begins with ending the demand for the production of disposable cups. And that begins with you, dear overcaffeinated night Owls. Switching to a reusable mug not only decreases your environmental impact, but can also save you enough change for coffee’s best friend, the donut. Almost every coffee shop on and around Main Campus offers discounts

to customers who get their java in a refillable mug. Bring any size portable mug to Mugshots and get your brew for $1.89. Head to Saxby’s counter for $1.79 refills. Go crazy at 7-Eleven’s coffee bar for $1.08, and remember, that’s any size. But you may want to resist lugging in an empty Big Gulp cup. That’s probably not good for your health. To start cashing in on these deals, rummage through the cabinets in your apartment or your parents’ house for a mug with a lid. If it’s covered in cheesy logos, WaWa geese or anything unbearably tacky, seize this opportunity to get creative – slap some stickers on there, paint the bottom border, heck, you can even bedazzle it. If you can’t find any mugs lying around, there are plenty of stylish ones online disguised as paper cups or long camera lenses. You can also pick one up from almost any local coffee shop. Once you’re equipped with an awesome mug, it’s time to start getting into the habit of using it. Producing any rational comprehensive thoughts in the morning pre-coffee is impossible, so try to get into the habit of tucking your reusable mug into your backpack or purse before bed. This way you’ll have an eco-friendly option nearby whenever your caffeine craving strikes. When you’ve sipped up the last drop of your refill, simply rinse out the mug and toss it back in your bag. If you’re still not ready to commit to carrying a mug around all the time, be sure to keep the protective cardboard sleeve that came with your last paper cup in your wallet or backpack.

You can reuse it and slip it around your coffee to avoid wasting more paper. Also, if you’re planning on enjoying your drink where you bought it, reject the clerk’s offer of a plastic travel lid. You can sip sustainably on your hibernation days at home, as well. Fill your filters with grounds from local roasters such as La Colombe, which sources its beans from farms that hold a minimum of two official environmentally-friendly certifications. If you’re in the market for a coffee maker, look for one with a reusable filter to eliminate the need for buying stacks of paper ones. Beware of single serving coffee makers, such as Keurig’s, however. The individual pods of coffee used for brewing are non-recyclable and non-biodegradable. As always, keep in mind that appliances consume a substantial amount of electricity, so you should pull the plug as soon as the coffee is finished percolating. Making these changes may seem trivial or burdensome at first. I know for me, the slightest digression from my normal coffee routine automatically enters everyone around me in a raffle for a basket of death glares and snide remarks. And usually everyone wins. However, you’ll quickly find that getting into these green habits is an easy way to decrease your caffeine addiction’s impact on your wallet and the environment. Marisa Steinberg can be reached at marisa.steinberg@temple.edu.

included in the lengthy text of the act. Although I genuinely appreciate all of the information and stump speeches consumed during the conference, I must admit what impacted me most had nothing to do with statistics or lofty rhetoric. It had everything to do with the personal stories and experiences shared by GLBT brethren – both local and from the administration – throughout the event. John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management within HHS, opened the conference of more than 300 attendees with an invigorating speech that not only fired up the audience, but truly spoke to the progress made in such a short period of time. Berry, who is currently the highest-ranking openly gay federal official, made a special reference to the late Frank Kameny, a federal employee fired in 1957 for being vocal about his sexuality. Berry said that his first act upon being sworn in was offering a formal apology to the man who, he said, once held the same post that preceded his own. Truly, it was a testament to how far we have come in the decades since Kameny’s unfair termination. This same speech continued on to quiet a clearly empathetic audience upon mentioning his partner’s own struggle with HIV/AIDS, and eventual death to the disease after more than 10 years of battling. Berry further commented that he may not be present to speak had he been denied access to his partner on his deathbed. As I glanced across the room, I spotted more than a few people with red faces, and a few more with tears trickling down from their grief-stricken eyes. And as I listened to members of the audience share their own concerns and personal experiences as counselors, activists and GLBT resource providers in communities across the countries, it became evident to me that this conversation was important, and even special in its own way. The premise behind the GLBT movement has always been about expression. That is, the vocalization of a community that had long been silenced and tossed to the side as a group that should be left to help itself. This conference, in reality, marks the beginning of a dialogue that has been groomed to take place for decades. I challenge naysayers to take a step back and realize just how much has actually been accomplished in the past three years – the climate is slowly-but-surely shifting for the GLBT community, and we should feel privileged to be able to work with an administration eager to learn and listen. Perhaps, before we judge an administration for “not doing enough” or playing politics, we should re-evaluate our own willingness to do the listening we so desperately desire from the world around us. Brandon Baker can be reached at brandon.baker@temple.edu.






For a warmer and more relaxing getaway, head further south to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where the weather is predicted to climb into the high 60s during break. Pile into a friend’s SUV and take I-95 south to Virginia, then 41 South into the Carolinas. It’s a bit of a hike – just more than 10 hours – but with a great playlist, a couple DDs and the scenic coastal drive, you should zoom through it pretty quickly.

Several resorts on the beachfront have rates starting at $30 during the week and $40 during the weekend for one and two bedroom rooms. With two or three friends, the trip can be more affordable than you think. After an afternoon of water sports and tanning, head down to the Pier House at 110 North Ocean Blvd. for Myrtle Beach’s First Saturday Music Festival for beach music, food and an open air bar on Saturday, March 3.


surfing and other water sports, and a ways inland is densly wooded for day hikes and pony watching. RV, tent and trailer rates start at $16 per night through April 14. Check out assateagueisland.com for rate information, camping guidelines and activities on the island.


Be sure to check out Film Forum, a famous cinema at 209 W. Houston St. that plays indie features, foreign art and hard-hitting documentaries that you may not get the opportunity to see otherwise. Megabus rates start at $8 and peak around $17 each way. Even if you can’t find or afford lodging, the trip is only two hours and the last buses leave around 9:30 p.m., which is more than enough time to make a day trip out of it.

Off the Maryland and Virginia coasts, Assateague Island homes more than 300 wild ponies who wander the coast and its inner woods. The three-hour drive down the Delaware coast and through Maryland will take you to Assateague, where you can set up small camps and RVs. The east side of the island also offers waves for


Your TUmail inbox is overflowing with emails from unknown classmates asking what they missed in class, your eyes are permanently fixed to double vision from staring at 9 pt. font PDFs and your phone is permanently fixed to your ear. Sounds like it’s time to take a break from technology for a while and escape to the great outdoors, Henry David Thoreau-style. The Appalachian Trail is one of the longest footpaths in the world, clocking

it at more than 2,100 miles, and stretches up and down the East Coast. Trails vary in difficulty based on elevation, trail layout and length, from easy to strenuous. If you head up to Greenwood Lake, N.Y. for the Fitzgerald Falls and Mombasha High Point trail, you’ll get a view of the New York City skyline on a clear day, and pass the Fitzgerald waterfall. For information on trails, difficulty and hiking information, visit appalachiantrail.org.

The Big Apple isn’t just Times Square and Broadway, and we hope you’d know that by now. If you’ve never been to NYC, or even if you have, there’s so much to discover. Even if you spent your entire break in just one borough, we doubt you’d soak up all the city has to offer. If you’re over the tourist scene, opt for a wander through West Village, where historic brownstones wind in disarray. Rows of gastropubs and bakeries tempt your sights and smell here, but no tourist fanny packs in sight.




Big-5 teams pay respect at season’s end BIG 5 PAGE 20


Junior guard Khalif Wyatt drives between St. Joseph’s defenders on Saturday, Feb. 25. Wyatt scored 11 points, while adding two assists and one steal against the Hawks.

Against the Explorers on Feb. 22 in a building named after a man who scored more than 2,400 points and led La Salle to a national championship, Temple held its own until it seemed like Tom Gola’s legend intervened to try to steal a win for the Explorers. The Owls collapsed down the stretch in regulation, but were able to eek out an 8079 win in overtime. But that didn’t stop Explorers’ coach Dr. John Giannini from offering his respects to Temple in a classic Big-5 move. “They’re amazing,” Giannini said. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team play better offensively. I would be happy to criticize ourselves, but I just have to praise Temple.” With a win on Saturday, Feb. 25, Temple would have swept the Big 5 for just the second time in the last quarter century and won the city title outright for the second time in the past three years. In the end, playing at home in a building with a Big-5 history richer than any save the Palestra, St. Joe’s was just too proud to let that happen. “We knew it would be

like that coming into the game with Big-5 rivals,” Moore said. “It didn’t have to do too much with the game, they just played better than us.” The Big 5 is the city’s great basketball equalizer. It keeps a team like the Owls, who are nationally ranked and reportedly on their way to bigger and better things in the Big East, grounded. The Hawks owed it to themselves and to the Big-5 tradition to take Temple down. “It’s an honor to compete against them,” Martelli said. “That was my conversation with their seniors, just in case I didn’t see them again. They came in here for a shoot around and everyone of those kids came over and shook my hand, saying thank you for letting them come in to shoot in the venue.” “That doesn’t happen,” Martelli added. “That happens because the head coach runs a program that’s built on that kind of foundation.” The foundation that Martelli is referring to is the Big 5, a tradition unlike any other in college basketball. Joey Cranney can be reached at joseph.cranney@temple.edu.

Lacrosse relies on work ethic LACROSSE PAGE 20 “It’s not difficult at all,” Rosen said. “When you come off of wins, you just want more of them.” Rosen said that one of her team’s greatest strengths is its ability to never lose the hunger required to come in day in and day out and win games. “Competitiveness is our strength,” Rosen said. “Our work ethic is fantastic.” Even in blow-out wins like Mount St. Mary’s, Rosen insists that her team can learn something. “We learn how to handle a significant lead in these types of games,” Rosen said. The Owls have already demonstrated a knack for pulling off tight games down the stretch, but their next test involves a four game road trip, which commences on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at Lehigh University. They then have two home games before starting their conference schedule on March 30 against St. Bonaventure. Mark McHugh can be reached at mark.mchugh@temple.edu.

Owls prepare to host ECAC championships MEN’S GYMNASTICS The No. 10 men’s gymnastics team defends its national ranking at home. COELI DANELLA The Temple News The men’s gymnastics team competed in the final home meet of the season, honoring eight seniors on senior day with wins against No. 11 Air Force and Brockport (N.Y.) on Sunday, Feb. 26. Coach Fred Turoff said he tried to work as many seniors into the rotation during the trimeet as possible. Senior Chris Mooney led the way with a first place score of 83.100 in the all around competition, while other seniors contributed to the win. “Chris Mooney had a pretty good day,” Turoff said. “Matt Martin had a very good rings routine and did a great vault,

Adam Al-Rokh is a steady guy Tighe entered the meet as who gave us performances the No. 11 gymnast in the counwhere we needed them and try on the horizontal bar with an Blake Collins also did well.” average score of 14.050, which “It’s nice to have guys like leads the Eastern College Aththat and the seniors are the ones letic Conference. The Wisconwho are supposed to be consis- sin native is the only returning tent and should know how to gymnast on the team who comcompete and do well,” Turoff peted at the NCAA Champiadded. onships last year, Each meet where he placed takes more than 28th on the parallel just physical bar. strength and stamTuroff said ina, as there is a Tighe made strides lot of time dediin the parallel bar cated to preparing during the tri-meet, for each event. as he finished third “A lot of us for the team with a do mental imag13.900. ery, we sit down “First paraland picture our lel bar he hit in its Alex Tighe / routines gojunior gymnast entirety so far this ing through our season so it was heads,” junior Alex Tighe said. very good to see that,” Turoff “If you do that it really helps.” said. “[Tighe] is one of those “Competing in the home guys I count on, he’s terrific on stadium is a really nice feeling parallel bars and horizontal bars with your friends and team- and he is hitting pommel for us mates around really calms your so that’s very nice to have.” nerves,” Tighe added. By the end of the season,

“In the meets I’m taking my time and hopefully by the end of the season it’ll be there.”

Tighe said he wants to be at his peak condition in time for the conference championship which will be held at McGonigle Hall. “I’m trying a lot of new difficulties on my events and it’s coming along in the gym,” Tighe said. “In the meets I’m taking my time and hopefully by the end of the season it’ll be there.” Next up for the Owls will be a road trip to Army for a dual meet on March 2. Temple, who is currently No. 1 in its conference, will compete at home again at the ECAC Championships on April 6-7 for a two-day meet, which Turoff said may bring a large crowd. “I hope that the university community will respond and come and see the meet,” Turoff said. “We’re going to have terrific competition. I’d love to see 1,000 people in the stands. It’s going to be a terrific meet.” Coeli Danella can be reached at coeli.danella@temple.edu.


Junior gymnast Allan Malone competes at a home meet.

Women’s basketball finishes in second place in A-10 ADAMS PAGE 20

championship and I think their mindset is one that they don’t want to lose, they want to win and you can tell by the way that they’re playing the last few games that they’re really determined.” In four years Cardoza has continued right where former coach, and the school’s winningest, Dawn Staley, left off. Cardoza has never finished lower than third in the conference regular season and her teams have never lost more than three A-10 games in one year. Not many coaches have that kind of success right out of the gate in their first stint as a coach, said Cardoza’s former boss, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. “I think in one sense it’s surprising because usually when coaches take over programs they struggle a little bit,” Auriemma said through a media representative. “But [Cardoza’s] just kind of stepped in and Temple’s not missed a beat, and they’re in the NCAA Tournament every year that she’s been there and it looks like they’re going to be there again this year.” But Cardoza has struggled in the postseason when considering her success during the

regular season. Don’t get me wrong, Cardoza’s credentials with the Owls are impressive. Outside of the conference record (48-8) and having the second-most wins (90) in school history, she’s also the only coach in program history to reach the NCAA Tournament second round in two consecutive years. But Cardoza’s squads haven’t fared as well as would be expected in the A-10 Tournament. She’s just 4-3, losing twice in the semi-finals and another time in the finals, despite always having a first round bye. Last year the team lost to Xavier in the final game of the season, finishing 13-1, but the loss essentially ended their title hopes. The Owls were upset in the semis a week later by Dayton, who went on to lose to Xavier. “We were on such a high,” Cardoza said about going into the Xavier game. “To be that close to winning a regular season championship, and losing to those guys at home in a close

game, I think that going into the tournament, mentally we weren’t at our best.” Temple rebounded and moved on to the second round in March Madness, but missed out on recapturing the conference title for the first time since 2006. Cardoza said doesn’t feel like she’s missing anything right now, however. “There are a lot of people that have been coaching this game for a long time that don’t have championships,” she said. “I definitely don’t feel like it defines me in any way.” Maybe the team hasn’t had Shey Peddy / senior guard the same success because the A-10 Tournament requires not only talent, but endurance. It takes a lot out of players to play three straight days, and Cardoza acknowledged that she has to plan game strategies to account for that. But to her credit, Cardoza spent 14 years learning from one of the game’s best, Auriemma, when she was an assistant coach. During her time on staff, Cardoza helped the Huskies win

“Hopefully we’ll carry this momentum into the tournament.”

five NCAA National Championships. “Just how to prepare teams, how to get the most out of them, taking advantage of the moment that you’re in, and winning basketball games,” Cardoza said about what she learned. “That’s what [Auriemma] does well, he finds ways to win basketball games and that’s what we’re trying to do.” “I think he’s done everything he possibly can to put me in this situation,” she added. But Cardoza may have her best chance for the foreseeable future at winning the A-10, with possibly her stronger group of seniors – guards BJ Williams, Shey Peddy, Kristen McCarthy and center Joelle Connelly – in her tenure leading the team. “I think the way that we’re playing now, hopefully we’ll carry this momentum into the tournament,” Peddy said. “That would definitely be to our advantage as well.” Cardoza, however, doesn’t feel this is her last shot for a few years. “I have confidence in the guys that I’ve recruited to come in here that they’re going to come in here and play well, play hard,” she said. “We’re not taking anything for granted, but next year our goals are always


Senior guard Kristen McCarthy lays up for a basket against La Salle. McCarthy scored six points with four assists in the win. going to be the same.” The team, however, doesn’t feel any added pressure to win a title for its coach. They’re focused on winning the school’s first in six years. “It’s been a while since

we’ve had an A-10 championship,” McCarthy said. “But it wouldn’t be pressure at all.” Jake Adams can be reached at jacob.adams@temple.edu.




Senior leadership guides fencing team to upset win


Junior foil fencer Mikayla Varadi (left) duels against Irina Koroleva from St. John’s. Junior epee fencer Jill Bratton (right) prepares to face her opponent at the Temple Invitational.

FENCING Senior fencers reflect on their final season at Temple. IBRAHIM JACOBS The Temple News The Owls hosted the Temple Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 25, at McGonigle Hall, giving four seniors their final opportunity to fence in front of a home crowd. The gym also saw a number of national powerhouses compete, while No. 7 Temple defeated No. 5 St. Johns, 16-11. Temple (24-8) concluded the day with a 2-2 record after beating No. 11 Duke to avenge

an earlier loss this season. The Owls would lose to No. 2 Penn State and No. 3 Princeton 7-20 and 9-18, respectively. The day had additional implications for the Owls’ four seniors, sabre squad leader Kamali Thompson, foil squad leader Alyssa Lomuscio, foil competitor Danielle Jones and epee competitor Krystal Jones. “Today really was a bittersweet day,” coach Nikki Franke said. “We really are going to miss [the seniors]. They contributed so much to our program and they are always going to be a part of our Temple family.” Perhaps the most notable senior fencing for her last time at home was Thompson, the team captain and all-time leader in sabre wins at the school. Thompson has fenced all four of her collegiate years at Tem-

ple and last year qualified and placed 15th in the nation and 16th at the Junior World Cup in Germany. “Last year I was traveling internationally and doing a lot of things that made me a lot better,” Thompson said. “I beat a lot of people who I wasn’t expected to beat and I think I really surprised everyone.” The experience gained in national and international play has led Thompson to become a driving force for Temple’s hopes at winning the National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association Championships, something they have done 16 consecutive years. Thompson’s play has not gone unappreciated by her coach and teammates. “[Thompson’s] fencing has grown, her maturity has

grown,” Franke said. “She really has become a leader on our team and has done a very good job of leading us this year. We are going to miss that leadership.” Thompson attended and fenced at Teaneck High School, N.J. along with Danielle Jones and Krystal Jones. Thompson has been fencing with Danielle Jones for eight years straight, a mark almost unheard of in collegiate athletics. “[Thompson] has grown up so much,” Danielle Jones said. “Seeing her now is completely different. She is so much more responsible, she is confident on the strip and is a leader and you can see that.” Danielle Jones and Krystal Jones make up the team’s only group of twins and although Krystal Jones is graduating with

the other seniors, this was her first and last year fencing with Temple. Krystal Jones, who fenced with Danielle Jones and Thompson in high school, chose to attend the University of Massachusetts but transferred to Temple after one semester. “I wanted a break, I fenced a lot in high school and I wanted some time off,” Krystal Jones said. “I was crossing Broad [Street] and I saw coach Franke and she asked me to come into her office. She said that she needed another epee fencer and I took a couple lessons and joined the team.” Krystal Jones, who fenced foil in high school, had to make the adjustment to epee and she began to immediately contribute to the team in the span of a couple months. “[Krystal Jones] did re-

ally well, she was good in high school and I definitely expected her to do well,” Thompson said. “Besides fencing, it boosted her confidence a lot and her whole personality changed. She became a lot warmer and a lot more confident.” While the regular season is completed, postseason play will begin for the team with the NIWFA Championships on March 3 at Swarthmore. Individuals on the team can also qualify for additional competitions at the regional and national levels. “The commitment and their commitment to this team has impressed me the most,” Franke said. “They made this team the best it could be and I am very proud of them.” Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached at Ibrahim.jacobs@temple.edu.

Men’s distance runner sets goal for national meet MEN’S TRACK

Senior Travis Mahoney set a school record for the 3K run. DREW PARENT The Temple News Senior distance runner Travis Mahoney continued his record-breaking indoor track season at the Atlantic Ten Conference Championships Feb. 18, by setting a new school record for the 3,000-meter run. Wins in the one mile run and the 3K on the competition’s final day resulted in an A-10 Most Outstanding Performer award, along with a school record fourth place finish for the team. “The goal for [Mahoney] was to go in there and win both

events,” distance coach Matt Jelley said. “The mile was first and he was just running at the pace he needed to run at to win and he did just that.” Mahoney jumped out to an early lead right from the start of the race and didn’t let up. Although runners up senior Logan Mohn from St. Joseph’s and junior Nick Crits from La Salle gave him a tight race, Mahoney was able to pull away in the final two laps. He finished with a time of four minutes and 12 seconds. “I actually ended up going out a little slow,” Mahoney said. “I ended up just waiting until halfway through the race and [Jelley] told me to go and I started rolling from there. With 500 meters left I put a 10-meter gap on the field and finished from there.” Although he had just wrapped up a victory in the mile

event, Mahoney’s day was far the two 3K heats, and stunned from complete. The 3K was still those in attendance at the Mackahead and with it came a daunt- al Field House at the University ing task. of Rhode Island with his perfor“[Mahoney] hadn’t run in mance. the 3K yet this “It was impresyear, and theresive,” Jelley said. fore he wasn’t “The odds were reseeded,” Jelley ally stacked against said. “We were him, especially in one runner over that 3K, and he pulled the limit for through. [Mahoney] the race to be is one of those kids one heat, so he that when he’s told had to be in the what he needs to do, Travis Mahoney / slower heat. He senior distance runner he listens and reended up being sponds every time.” so far ahead that “After my race he ran most of it all by himself.” we were looking at the runners “Since the slower heat was in the fast heat and matching first up, we kept him at a pace their splits to mine,” Mahoney that we thought he had the best added. “They started falling off chance to win the event and it pace with about a mile left, and worked out well,” Jelley added. by the last lap I realized that I Mahoney finished with was going to win the event.” an event winning time of 8:20 Although he won the event, while running in the slower of Mahoney said that the 3K and

“It was like I was chasing something down that didn’t exist.”

the circumstances that surrounded it made for a difficult situation. “It was really tough,” Mahoney said. “It was like I was chasing something down that didn’t exist. There was no runner to chase and no concrete time that I knew I had to run. I was basically running blindly and chasing something that wasn’t there.” Mahoney will look to ride the momentum of his productive day at the A-10 Championships into the Columbia Last Chance meet Friday at The Armory in New York. It will likely be his last shot at qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships for the mile. “I think qualifying is realistic, but it’ll be tough,” Mahoney said. “Running 4:12 at the A-10 meet, I felt good. I definitely wasn’t as fresh as I was when I ran my [personal record] time

of 4:02, so I think if I tune up a little and rest up, I think I’m going to be in good shape for qualifying. I guess we’ll see on [March 2].” Drew Parent can be reached at andrew.parent@temple.edu.

Travis Mahoney senior distance runner

Owls drop three in season-opening tournament SOFTBALL

The Owls went 2-3 in a tournament in South Carolina. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News Coach Joe DiPietro was not happy with the softball team’s performance this past weekend at the Chanticleer Challenge at Coastal Carolina, S.C. “It was very disappointing,” DiPietro said. “We played

nowhere near our potential.” The Owls came out of the five-game showcase with a 2-3 record, splitting games with Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne [IPFW] and defeating Sacred Heart, while losing two games to Coastal Carolina by a combined score of 11-0. Sophomores, pitcher Brooklin White and catcher/first baseman Stephanie Pasquale, led the Owls, with White recording two wins on the mound and Pasquale lacing three doubles for the weekend.

The weekend was high- struggled to find offense and lighted by a 12-2 victory against were shut out in each of their Sacred Heart loses. where the Tem“We played good ple offense prodefense, but we just vided 12 runs had no consistency on on 16 hits. offense and we sim“We played ply didn’t play to our how we were potential,” DiPietro capable of said. against Sacred Coming up next Heart, but we for the Owls is the need to find Citrus Classical in Joe DiPietro / Orlando, Fla. This c o n s i s t e n c y, ” coach DiPietro said. tournament features The Owls, several strong prowho returned eight starters, grams, including No. 32 Purdue

“We played good defense, but we just had no consistency on offense.”

and No. 12 Michigan. With a raised level of competition, DiPietro said that he knows that the team will have to play better and find a way to manufacture runs. “With five games under our belt, I’m hoping that the experience will help raise our level of competitiveness,” DiPietro said. Colin Tansits can be reached at colin.tansits@temple.edu.

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Respecting rivals The Big-5 season produced its share of emotion and drama this year. JOEY CRANNEY Assistant Sports Editor


t all started with a block. Penn senior guard Zack Rosen, who had already dropped 21 points on Temple in the Big 5 season opener on Nov. 14, cued up for an 18-footer that would have broken a tie with less than a minute left. Owls’ junior guard TJ DiLeo stood him up, ending the possession and forcing overtime where the Owls would pull out a 73-67 victory. It was the earliest a Big-5 game had ever been played, and the way it panned out set the stage for a tumultuous Big-5 season. No. 23 Temple (22-6, 11-3 Atlantic Ten Conference) finished at 3-1


Redshirt-senior guard Ramone Moore dribbles past a La Salle defender during the Owls’ overtime victory on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Tom Gola Arena. Moore scored 18 pionts in the win.

in the Big 5 and shared the title this year a great La Salle player and a guy I admire so with St. Joseph’s after the Hawks defeated much as a human being.” the Owls 82-72 on Saturday night. Lewis was struck by a car and killed “That’s a national-level team. I’ll call it while crossing an intersection in East Falls, the way it is,” St. Joe’s coach Phil Martelli Pa. The man who scored 1,137 points for said. “The people that vote don’t handle it the Explorers was on his way to a basketball real well. That’s a team that played a team game. on the road, a league rival, in Philadelphia “There was a piece of chocolate cake,” and they’ll dare to drop them out.” Dunphy said. “Lewis said, ‘I can’t eat this. “They’re one of the 15-best teams in I would love to eat this, but I can’t. But I’m the country,” he added. “If we get another going to bring this to my daughter and she’ll chance in Atlantic City, enjoy it.’” [N.J.] it’ll be worth it be“I need to tell that story cause no one runs a team because of what I feel about or program better than Alonzo Lewis and the quality [Owls’ coach Fran Dunand character and integrity that phy].” the man lived his life with,” To understand the Dunphy added. “I’m so proud pulse of the Big 5, look to have known him and proud no further than Dunphy, to have [sat] with him.” who played at La Salle, Dunphy’s relation to Lewcoached at Penn for 17 is is a common tale among a years and has led the tradition that has created so Owls for the past six. many personal relationships Phil Martelli Dunphy, always during its 57-year history. st. joseph’s coach more than willing to pay Temple certainly took respect to opposing Big-5 schools, spun one things personally in its second Big-5 matchof his most emotional yarns after the Owls’ up, a game against Villanova on Dec. 10. overtime win against La Salle on Wednes- The rumors that Wildcats’ coach Jay Wright day, Feb. 22. lobbied to keep Temple out of the Big East The day before, Dunphy attended the after the program was rumored to be on the Big 5 Hall of Fame induction ceremony and verge of receiving an all-sports invite were sat with former La Salle player and local fresh, and the Owls seemed to have a greatbasketball legend, Alonzo Lewis. er purpose as they cruised to a 78-67 vic“I’m having the time of my life because tory behind redshirt-senior guard Ramone I know most of the room. I’m in the back Moore’s career-high 32 points. of the room and I sit down beside Alonzo Last week, Temple played La Salle and Lewis,” Dunphy said. “I spent an hour with St. Joe’s in buildings named Tom Gola and Alonzo Lewis yesterday afternoon. Last Mike Hagan, respectively, because a Big-5 night, the man lost his life in a tragic car ac- game is not just a matchup of two teams, it’s cident. I got the chance to be with that guy, a contest between two traditions.

“They’re one of the 15-best teams in the country. No one runs a team or program better than [Dunphy].”


Owls’ defense stomps Mountaineers Cardoza LACROSSE prepares team for title run The Owls won their first three games for first time since 1998. MARK MCHUGH The Temple News

Double Dribble

The women’s lacrosse team continued its early season success by shutting down Mount St. Mary’s offense in a 12-3 win on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Geasey Field. The Owls (3-0) struck early and often, obtaining a three-goal lead in the first three minutes of play, establishing a secure cushion that the Mountaineers were never able to overcome. Temple’s defense stifled the visiting Mount St. Mary’s team, limiting them to just nine shots and forcing 21 turnovers. Coach Bonnie Rosen said she was pleased with her team’s defensive exhibition. “We took advantage of ground balls and did a good job of not giving them second chances,” Rosen said. The persistent pressure of the Owls’ defense allowed the offense to flourish in transition and assaulted the Mountaineers with 32 shots. Leading the Temple attack were junior midfielders Charlotte Swavola, who scored three goals and dished out an assist, and Stephany Parcell, who had a game-high four goals. Swavola’s speed and field

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The Owls’ seniors hope to capture the A-10 title.

Their opening game didn’t lack drama, either, as the Owls clawed their way to a 14-12 win against Oregon. When asked if it was difficult to motivate the Owls for Saturday’s game coming off two gutsy battles, Rosen was eager to defend her team’s energy and will to win.




Senior midfielder Kelsey Zenuk, who made an assist in the game, cradles the ball away from a Mount St. Mary’s defender. The Owls (3-0) defeated the Mountaineers, 12-3, on Saturday at Geasey Field. presence has proved to be a significant reason why Temple is 3-0. She allows the Owls to get out and run and facilitates the attack with on-point passing and good leadership skills. However, Swavola is reluctant to credit herself for the team’s early success, instead pointing to the senior leadership and tight-knit chemistry of

the group. “Our seniors put in a lot of work to make sure we’re on the same page,” Swavola said. “I’m learning from them. They’re great leaders.” Swavola said that the team has gelled around that senior leadership and it’s showing early on in the season in the attitude and enthusiasm of the

FENCING p.18 The Owls defeated No. 5 St. John’s at the Temple Invitational at McGonigle Hall on Saturday, Feb 25.

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players. “Chemistry is huge,” Swavola said. “The games are a lot more emotional.” The Owls’ win against Mount St. Mary’s came just three days after a thrilling comeback victory at Rutgers, in which the Owls overcame an 11-6 second half deficit to stun the Scarlet Knights, 12-11.

MEN’S GYMNASTICS p.18 The No. 10 men’s gymnastics team defeated No. 11 Air Force and Brockport N.Y. on Sunday, Feb. 26.


emple’s 71-44 win against La Salle on Saturday was just a formality as the women’s basketball team (20-8, 13-1 Atlantic Ten Conference) already clinched the second seed in the A-10 Tournament well before tip-off. The Owls’ second-place finish for the regular season capped off another productive season with coach Tonya Cardoza at the helm. “Right now we’re playing really good basketball,” Cardoza said. “It’s the last opportunity these seniors have to win a

MEN’S BASKETBALL ONLINE The Owls will play Massachusetts and Fordham this week to conclude their regular season.


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