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Campus split on voter ID approval A bill to target voter fraud has seen support and criticism from political groups. SEAN CARLIN Assistant News Editor Gov. Tom Corbett signed a bill March 14, which gives Pennsylvania one of the toughest voter identification laws in the country. House bill 934, aimed at preventing voter fraud, requires voters to provide proper photoidentification before they are allowed to cast a ballot. Valid forms of identification under the new law include driver’s licenses, state identification cards, elderly care identification, passports, student identification cards, employee identification cards or military identification cards. Voters who show up to the polls without proper identification would be able to vote provisionally, according to the new law. Some say, however, that this could lead to longer lines at polling locations. “The provisional ballot process is kind of lengthy so neither the voters nor the poll watchers are going to be real excited about filling out a lot of provisional ballot paperwork,” political science professor Michael Hagen said. “So, I’m not sure that’s going to really address all of the problems that might crop up.” The new law, set to take effect for the November presidential election, has been hailed by some on Main Campus for its
Board approval signals new chapter for library A new library project leaves the future use of Paley Library in question. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News
hanks to a recent Board of Trustees’ approval, Temple will have a $17.5 million design budget for its new library on Broad Street. Meanwhile, students and faculty attempt to tackle the obstacles facing the existing 46-year-old Paley Library. Documents related to Temple’s 20/20 plan describe
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OPINION MOVING OUT, p.5 Matthew Petrillo urges students to find housing outside of North Philly if the proposed improvement district is signed into law.
LIVING PARTY PLANNING, p.7 TTN reporter Lauren Hertzler catches up with the founders of Campus Night Out, a party promotion and planning company founded on Main Campus last year.
A&E LAST CALL, p.9 A new bill proposes raising funds for city schools by extending bar hours to 3 a.m.
SPORTS OFFENSIVE DROUGHT, p.20 The men’s basketball team’s season ended with a second round loss to South Florida in the NCAA tournament.
the new library as a “signature building,” for both university and community use. In September 2011, President Ann Weaver Hart told The Temple News that Gov. Tom Corbett had approved a special appropriations of $50 million to “lay the groundwork for the library.” Funding for the project will consist of $140 million from the state, including $90 million in past and future annual capital grants, and $50 million from bond debt, university communications confirmed. Now, with the trustees’ green light, officials can begin to work with the Pennsylvania Department of General Services, create a preliminary design and find an architect for
the building. “That will involve the creation of a vision of what a library should be today, and 50 years from now, because as you know, Paley was new at one time,” Carol Lang, interim dean of University Libraries, said. P a l e y Library was completed in 1966 and was modeled after book warehouses of the time. “At that time they probably never thought that students would need loads of electrical
outlets to plug in their phones and their laptops,” Stephen Bell, associate university librarian, said. “So, if someone’s planning today to think about the possibilities of trying to imagine what a student would need 50 years from now, it’s quite a chalMargaret Carney / university architect lenge.” “At this point, what we’re doing is a lot of research [with] teams who’ve designed libraries before,” Margaret Carney, university architect, said. “Build-
“Building libraries today means very different things than it did in the past.”
ing libraries today means very different things than it did in the past.” Bell has made trips to other academic libraries, including those of the University of Rochester, Ohio State University and the Penn State Harrisburg Campus, to see what features could become part of the new library. Bell mentioned the possibility of increasing the number of flexstudy spaces. Paley is planning to move its Special Collections to the space currently occupied by the Urban Archives on the ground floor, making one large Special Collections Reading Room.
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Executive TSG tickets declare campaigns Two groups running TSG were revealed at yesterday’s General Assembly meeting. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News Temple Student Government executive nominations addressed the General Assembly at the end of the meeting yesterday, March 19. The Run Temple ticket includes current TSG Deputy Chief of Staff Brandon Rey Ramirez for student body president, Ruturaj Rana for vice president of services and Jaimee Swift for vice president of external affairs. “We’ve got a lot of different problems here at Temple Uni-
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versity on this campus. We’ve got problems with worksite segregation, how we hired workers for the 20/20 program,” Ramirez said. “We have a lot of issues with the Board of Trustees. These are issues that the Temple Student Government has to be sure will be taken up.” The Temple Advocating for Progress ticket includes current TSG Chief of Staff David Lopez for student body president, with Julian Hamer for vice president of services and Ofo Ezeugwu for vice president of external affairs. “We find it extremely important that students take advantage to tap into every single opportunity at this university,” Lopez said. “Opportunity is the most important thing and we need to take advantage of that… but our university has a problem
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Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Richard Englert spoke on a panel at yesterday’s TSG meeting, before tickets for executive office were revealed.
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Viral video finds support from campus branch
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Temple Invisible Children, an on-campus branch of the larger organization, plans to show the “Kony 2012” video on March 19. The viral video calls for the detainment of Joseph Kony, who is wanted for war crimes and accused of atrocities in Uganda.
The viral video, “Kony 2012,” is soaring in popularity.
PAYNE SCHROEDER The Temple News Invisible Children Inc.’s “Kony 2012” – the viral video reaching more than 83 million views on YouTube – is galvanizing America’s youth into making Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, who abducts children for soldiers, infamous. One of those young people is freshman geography and urban studies major Erika Firestone, who started donating to the cause after her eighth grade teacher showed her class Invisible Children’s first movie, “The Rough Cut.” “I’ve always been really into Invisible Children, and
when I came to school I joined [Temple Invisible Children] the first week I was here,” Firestone said. Now, she’s vice president of Temple Invisible Children, a chapter of the national organization based in San Diego. The campus chapter raises awareness and funds for Invisible Children and Tree House Books in Philadelphia, Firestone said. But with praise also came criticism directed at the Kony video and the Invisible Children organization, especially with regards to the organization’s finances. According to its 2011 annual report, approximately 37.1 percent of IC’s expenses went toward Central African programs, approximately 26 percent went to awareness programs, and the rest towards management, awareness products, media and film creation and fundraising. In Invisible Children’s fi-
nancial statement for 2011, ex- always questions about where penses for direct services were the money is going.” $2,810,681 and those for direct Firestone said that while support were $146,603, which Invisible Children has successaccounted for about 33 per- fully invested in African procent of the organization’s total grams, like the Early Warning spending. HF Radio NetBenjawork, the organimin Talton, zation is mostly a professor focused on raisof African ing awareness, history, which means said when funding is needed examining for the organizaInvisible tion’s movies, as Children’s well as for travel finances, expenses for naone should tion-wide talks be wary of Benjamin Talton / with schools. african history professor the “Inc.” “The whole at the end of point is to let its name, as the government opposed to know that we as an “Org.” Americans care about what’s “Humanitarianism is a big going on in another country,” business,” Talton said. “It’s big Firestone said. “Because if business in terms of revenues [Uganda] looses support, the raised…and anytime you have government is just going to take these huge campaigns there’s the soldiers out, and then we
“Anytime you have these huge campaigns, there’s always questions about where the money is going.”
may never find [Kony].” But it’s this idea, that the United States is the only body with the agency to solve Uganda’s problem, that Talton sees as “dangerous.” “[The video] is making the United States out to be more than it is, as a force for moral good in the world,” Talton said. “It really distorts who we are as a nation, what we’re capable of doing. I mean, talk like this got us into Iraq, and that didn’t turn out so swimmingly, I think.” Talton said the Kony video comes off as “a little patronizing” and “insulting,” because it doesn’t explain the “broader issues at play” with other African nations, and ignores Ugandan efforts to care and provide for ex-child soldiers. To Talton, he said, it portrays a narrative of poor Africans needing the help of the West, one that he said has been common throughout the continent’s many plights.
However, Talton said the video brought some good by waking up millions of Americans to a cause that most of them were probably ignorant toward. “I’m very impressed with how viral the video went,” Talton said. “We don’t all need to be running in the streets hanging up posters. If you can contribute that’s fine, but we have to be more responsible.” Firestone said that students who cannot contribute money to Temple Invisible Children could still help raise awareness to the cause by attending meetings or participating in future events. Temple Invisible Children is planning to host a screening of “Kony 2012” on March 29 at Gladfelter Hall at 7:30 p.m. Payne Schroeder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DREAM activists participate in national ‘coming out’ Local college students rallied in a national “coming out week” leading to arrests. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ Multimedia Editor
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Fernanda Marroquin, a member of DreamActivist Pennsylvania, talks to law enforcement officials at the rally.
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DREAM Act supporters brought their chant, “Out of the shadows, into the streets,” to life when two student activists, Tania Chairez and Jessica Hyejin Lee, were arrested on March 14. The Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors, or DREAM Act, would allow undocumented citizens brought here as children to have the ability to gain legal citizenship. Although the bill was struck down by the Senate in December 2010, proponents continue to push for its passage. The demonstration started off with a “Coming Out of the Shadows” rally in Love Park, where undocumented students declared themselves as so and told their personal stories to the crowd. The rally was a part of the National Immigrant Youth Alliance Week of action and was organized by DreamActivist Pennsylvania. Juntos and FUERZA, two local organizations, also participated.
Members of Occupy Temple participated in the rally and march. After personal stories were told, the crowd marched to Philadelphia’s Immigration and Custom Enforcement field office on 1600 Callowhill St. Once at the ICE building, Chairez, a University of Pennsylvania sophomore, and Lee, a Brynn Mawr junior, delivered a letter to demand the release of Miguel Orellana, a DREAM Act eligible youth, and a father of two young children, who has been detained by ICE for eight months. Chairez, Lee and Cesar Marroquin, another potential DREAM Act beneficiary, sat on the street in front of the building refusing to move until they could speak to someone from ICE. Protesters not sitting on the street held signs and chanted, while others linked arms in front of traffic. Employees from within the ICE building could be seen observing the crowd through windows and glass doors. Erika Almiron, the executive director of Juntos, led chants and handed out information on a day of action in Harrisburg being organized for May 7 by Juntos. “[Juntos] is organizing a bus, a mobilization, to Har-
risburg to address these [antiimmigrant] bills that have come into our state,” Almiron said. “We’re here to tell people they need to join with us. Not as allies but because it affects them as much as it affects us.” Fernanda Marroquin, one of the organizers of the rally, could be seen speaking to police and relaying messages to the activists sitting on the street. “I walked up to them and I kind of told them the situation, what was happening [and] what was going to happen if they remained there,” Fernanda Marroquin said. “They’re very determined and they’re very determined to stay because they know that as undocumented youth we need to come out and we need to fight back against all of this hatred everywhere especially ICE scaring people and it’s not fair for people to live in the shadows.” After approximately an hour of demonstration, Chairez and Lee stayed sitting in the street and, after multiple warnings, were arrested. The protesters on the sidewalk cheered for Chairez and Lee as they were handcuffed and chanted “shame” at the police officers as the arrest continued. The demonstration quickly ended after the arrest and Fernanda Marroquin expressed her gratitude for the support from
those in attendance. As protestors left, they left their signs weaved into the fence across the street from the ICE building. Chairez and Lee were released from Philadelphia Police Headquarters the following afternoon with the possibility of being charged for disorderly conduct and obstruction of highways. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at email@example.com.
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Design for library granted $17.5 million LIBRARY PAGE 1 issue, when I’m in the library, “There’s some things we’d trying to just focus by myself love to do here. But now with when I’m on the third floor with the new building on the horizon, people bringing really aromatic we don’t want to put resources food up there.” into expensive changes here Fellow SLAB member Gathat…they’d have to change brielle Nichols does not mind everything again somewhere the smells when “you need endown the road,” Bell said. ergy to keep studying.” A common complaint from “There’s obviously been students is the layout of Paley’s want for more computers, more stacks. wireless printers, spaced out Zack Groff, Temple Stu- different, more study rooms, dent Government director of the the issues of quiet sections verAcademic Affairs committee, is sus group sections,” Nichols, a member of the TSG director the Student of the University Library AdviPride and Tradisory Board. tions committee “Overall, said. “Hopefully, we all kind with a new liof agreed that brary, we’ll be it would be able to create a a good idea set-up that makes to bring in distinctions and a consultant makes everyone Margaret Carney / with specific university architect have a happier knowledge on study space.” those kinds Nichols said of things,” he she does most of said. “Not a marketing person, her studying in Paley, and uses but, a graphic design person or the facility “daily, if not more.” someone who specializes in in“Actually, I calculated one terior design.” time and I spent more time in He said some issues in the library than in my apartPaley, like noise levels in study ment,” she added. areas, are things that students Nichols jokingly referred to can most effectively address herself as a member of “Team themselves. Paley” versus “Team TECH.” “I don’t think that the so“We have resources in this lution is hiring more security university where we could get personnel [to control noise]…I help at low cost, or even totalthink that students are able to ly for free, just to discuss, you be a little bit more proactive,” know, ‘What would make more Groff said. “Everyone has dif- sense to the common student?’” ferent ideas of what a public Groff said. space is. I have taken more of an Bell and Lang said the new
“The vision is going to be kind of brought to life during the design phase.”
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A conceptual drawing from Temple’s 20/20 plan illustrates what the “signature” library building on Broad Street could look like. The design for the building was granted a $17.5 million budget at the Board of Trustees meeting on March 12. There is not yet a completion date for the project. library will need to balance students’ needs for books and other print media, as well as increasing supplies of electronic and online content. Carney said Temple has given the Department of General Services a set of requirements for the building, including approximately 300,000 square feet of space for programs and general use. “The requirements we’ve given them are very preliminary,” Carney said. The new library is set to be located at Broad and Berks
streets, where the Student Pavilion and a parking lot currently sit. The pavilion is to be removed after the completion of the renovated Pearson and McGonigle halls. “That kind of a site would only be given to a very important building,” Carney said, calling the move a big “statement.” Groff and Nichols were each surprised at the decision to move the new library away from the center of Main Campus, considering, as Groff pointed out, the majority of academic
buildings used by undergraduate students are not on Broad Street. “From my understanding of the 20/20 vision…there is a lot of undeveloped land the university already owns that they want to build up, rather than expand,” Groff said. All books will be taken from Paley and the building will be repurposed for other uses. “We don’t have specific answers to what will the building will look like or what features will it have,” Lang said. “That vision is going to be kind of
brought to life during the design phase, and we do know that a cross-section of campus will be involved in those discussions.” Temple presently has no completion date for the new library. Amelia Brust can be reached at email@example.com.
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Temple Advocating for Progress (top) and Run Temple (bottom) announced their campaigns to the General Assembly.
with making sure that students know how to go about finding it.” As of midnight, March 20, the teams were able to launch their campaign websites and begin using their social media pages to promote their platforms. TSG Elections Commissioner Shanee Satchell said teams are prohibited from using Temple trademarks on their sites or social networking pages, as it pertains to TSG elections. Satchell added that teams are prohibited from using “@ temple.edu” emails for campaign purposes and said teams should post links to voting pages through their campaign sites. “They should mention TSG more so than the university,” Satchell said. The first debate for executive candidates will be on March 26, with a second, more informal debate on April 2. Elections for the candidates will take place April 3 and 4. Nominations for General Assembly directors will be announced on April 9, followed by nominees’ speeches and voting on April 16.
TSG hosted guest speak- “great response rate.” ers Richard M. Englert, provost “When you participate in and senior vice president for these kinds of surveys, we really academic affairs, and Ken Law- do listen,” Englert said. rence, senior vice president for Englert said Peter Jones, segovernment, nior vice provost community of undergraduate and public afstudies, has yet fairs at the to begin analyzGeneral Asing the survey sembly meetresults. ing. Starting this W h i l e summer, the uniLawrence reversity will post minded the asinstructor evalusembly about ation forms for Cherry and students online White Day rather than hand on March 27 out paper copies in Harrisburg David Lopez / in class, Englert student body said. and Englert presidential candidate spoke primarHe said that ily about the between paper university’s restructuring pro- and digital student surveys, posals, as well as results of the “generally the results are about general education student sur- the same.” vey conducted in January. The General Assembly The survey, created in part asked Englert questions reby Zack Groff, TSG director of garding evaluations and other academic affairs, was sent to restructuring measures by the 4,000 students, asking for feed- university. back on the program’s perforAri Jones, a sophomore mance. Englert said about 800 neuroscience major, asked Enresponded, which he called a glert how students could have
“Our university has a problem with making sure that students know how to go about finding [opportunities].”
more representation in administrative decisions, citing TSG Student Body President Colin Saltry’s presence as the sole student on the Presidential Search Committee. “Work through student affairs, looking for those opportunities that you think are important to participate in…I hear all the time from Dr. [Stephanie] Ives and Dr. [Theresa] Powell about ‘we need students,’” Englert said. Hamer, a junior broadcast, telecommunications and mass media major, asked Englert about rumored plans to separate the School of Communications and Theater into separate schools and colleges. “The programs stay the same,” if the proposals are undertaken, Englert said. “Faculty the same, degrees the same, courses the same. The question is how to best organize at the higher levels, which are the school and college levels.” Amelia Brust can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political organizations split on voter-identity bill VOTER PAGE 1 effort in combating forms of voter fraud involving the impersonation of voters. “I support voter [identification] just because you should be who you say you are whenever you’re going to the polls to vote,” Erik Jacobs, junior political science major and president of the Temple University College Republicans, said. “We have to show our identification to drive a vehicle, to buy liquor, to buy cigarettes, to open a bank account, to cash a check, to use a credit card, there’s no logical reason, in my opinion, why
you shouldn’t have to show one when you vote.” “If we truly are one person and one vote, then we should make sure that the person who’s voting is actually the person they claim to be,” Jacobs added. The bill, while lauded by conservatives, has been criticized by many people across the city who have said that its claims of voter fraud are unfounded. Dylan Morpurgo, membership director for the Temple College Democrats, said the risk of getting caught is enough
to deter most people from im- law is baseless, proponents of personating oththe bill claim ers. that voter “Voter imfraud is not alpersonation is a ways obvious. federal crime that “I think carries a penalty that their of up to five years claims are just in prison,” Mornot based in purgo, a sophofacts,” Jacobs more political said. “There’s science major, voter fraud goErik Jacobs / ing on everysaid. “It’s a crime president, temple university that’s not worth college republicans where. A lot of it. It doesn’t hapvoter fraud is pen.” not documentThough Morpurgo said the able because what happens is,
“You should be who you say you are whenever you’re going to the polls to vote.”
let’s say that I’m Erik, but I want to go to the polls to vote for Joe Smith, I show up, I claim that I’m Joe Smith, I get Joe Smith’s information, and I vote on behalf of Joe. That show’s up as a legitimate vote, but it’s actually voter fraud and there’s no way to document it.” While the bill has generated debate over voter fraud, Morpurgo said the bill largely affects college students. “Overall the bill disenfranchises thousands of voters,” Morpurgo said. “The requirements are that you have to have
a picture, you have to have a name…and an expiration date. Temple IDs don’t have expiration dates. Hundreds of universities don’t have expiration dates.” Morpurgo added that TCD will be asking Temple to add expiration dates to current university identification cards. Sean Carlin can be reached at email@example.com.
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hiladelphia has a vibrant and interesting drinking culture. Each spring, The Temple News explores Philly’s bar scene with our Bar Guide insert [“The Temple News presents: Bar Guide 2012,” B1]. This year, The Temple News took a different approach to our staff’s favorite insert. In the words of Arts & Entertainment Editor Kara Savage, there are more than 500 bars in the Philadelphia area, and it’s impossible to pick just 15 or 20. So we didn’t. In fact, we didn’t rank anything. This year, we wanted our Bar Guide to be more of an actual guide to Philly’s awesome bar scene, rather than a list of what our favorite bars as a staff were. From homebrewing, bar food to some great margarita happy hour recommendations, we hope this year’s issue will inspire you to explore this aspect of Philly’s culture. The Temple News is realis-
uch like the selection of Temple’s 10th president, the election of the next Temple Student Government student body president and his or her cabinet has been absent from the minds of students. In the weeks leading up to the official announcement of the campaigning tickets, made last night, March 19, there has been virtually no word or hype for the elections. More importantly, campaign season begins too close to when it ends. Candidates for TSG positions should be made known at least a full month before students are expected to vote. With a history of low turnout at the polls, TSG and its election officials should be more cognizant of the time they must devote to mobilizing students to even care about elections.
The Temple News encourages students to explore Philly’s bar scene and drinking culture. tic that a lot of college students who are 21-years-old go to bars in their free time. We do not in any way promote underage drinking, and aim to be socially responsible. But the bar scene is a big part of Philadelphia, and a big part of the social life for many members of the Temple community. Our Arts & Entertainment section produces the Bar Guide insert every spring in alignment with the goals of the section: to act as a bridge for Temple students to the arts and culture scene of Philadelphia. The drinking scene is a part of Philadelphia culture. There aren’t enough pages in the paper to touch on every aspect of Philadelphia’s drinking scene, or explore even a fraction of our staff’s favorite bars. This insert aims to focus on current trends and some hot spots that students who are new to the bar scene, new to Philadelphia or just looking for a change of pace can utilize and enjoy.
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Protesters from the Fair Hiring Coalition rally against what they call “discrimination in hiring at Temple University construction sites” at Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Monday, March 19. The coalition is organizing rallies at the site every Monday at 11 a.m.
TSG’s campaigning season should be longer and more visible. As the Occupy movement has garnered a small but strong force on Main Campus this academic year, one thing it has made clear is that students want representation. The often sole student voice in private talksat the university is TSG student body President Colin Saltry. Whether it be at Board of Trustees committee meetings or on the presidential search committee, the student-body president is typically representing the more than 36,000 students that attend Temple. Decisions made in these bodies affect both undergraduate and graduate students, full-time and part-time. It’s for this reason, more than any other, that students need to take the election of their next representative seriously. But it’s hard to expect that when the elections themselves appear impromptu.
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In 2008 6 percent of students reported that they commuted to school by bicycle and in 2010 approximately 9 percent commuted by bicycle, according to a survey by the office of sustainability.
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“You will likely come across items whose existence might only seem explicable by drunk online shopping sprees. Don’t throw those neon floral pattern tights away.”
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Explore other parts of the city should NID pass
Petrillo argues that the NCNID targets students who live in the surrounding offcampus housing.
t’s that time of the year when you, hopeful student, might be on hunt for that perfect North Philly house or apartment to comfortably live for next semester. You need somewhere quiet and calm, which is off-campus, if you don’t mind the jarring rap music that often swells streets when you might be trying to sleep before a big exam the next day. You want somewhere that’s close to campus and somewhere you feel safe, although you may prefer to be close in proximity to campus, so you don’t mind checking your back back every few feet that night you have to walk back from Paley library at 2 a.m. And you’re going to want somewhere that’s relatively inexpensive, but don’t mind the $650-a-month rent for a house or $800-a-month for an apartment, a big price for North Philadelphia,
but worth being able to wake up 10 minutes before your morning class. Personally, I’m graduating and am going to miss my high rise luxury condo in North Philadelphia – you know, the building sandwiched in the middle of the boarded-up crack house and the trash-filled empty lot, across the street from where developers are currently building new houses and don’t use silk screens on fences to trap dust and ignorantly dump concrete into the sewage drain. You might have tasted it in the water, even after using your fancy Brita, you snobby college brat. Up until this point, I’m being entirely sarcastic. Temple students are generally, save for a sorority or three, savvy, low-maintenance kids on a budget who enjoy a little fun and work hard. And while times have recently been tough for our
wallets, especially because of Gov. Tom Corbett and Pennsylvania’s state legislators, who continue to significantly cut funding for higher education, a certain city councilman wants to hit us up for even more. City Council President Darrell Clarke – who represents the same district where Temple sits and where most of its off-campus students live – wants students to pay for extra security, cleaning and other improvements around neighborhoods that surround Temple. Why students? “What I want to make sure is that people understand that this was created as a result of significant concerns by members of the community based on the activities of student housing and the students that live within the housing. Period,” Clarke said at a hearing on the
NCNID last week. Specifically, Clarke has proposed what’s called the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District, which is a legal body of appointed landlords and a single Temple representative. The NCNID would impose an extra fee on the property taxes of apartments or houses within the boundaries of the areas between Broad and 19th streets and York Street to Girard Avenue, along with five smaller pockets of houses and apartments. Landlords will pass the fee onto students who rent those apartments. The lack of a contiguous border creates a predatory tax that targets students, who are unfairly blamed for the city’s own disregard of the neighborhood.
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Main Campus needs to talk openly about bike lanes
Dennis argues that the implementation of bike lanes on Main Campus is an idea that should be considered.
walk to my 8 a.m. class every Tuesday and Thursday, surrounded by students who walk and those who bike. Typically I have no issues with bikers. I have never been hit, scared or intimidated by them – until recently. On my walk to Main Campus, just as the light turned red for me to cross the crosswalk I stepped off the curb and was nearly ran over by a biker. I had to jump back for a second and gather myself. I found it strangely coincidental that the week I was researching Temple’s bike phenomenon I was nearly hit. I now couldn’t be clearer of where I stand regarding bike lanes. Main Campus needs bike lanes, not just to further promote its green initiative, but for the safety of the students. Philadelphia is full of people who chose biking as their mode of transportation. Yet, with very limited bike lanes, bikers have to be especially careful on their commute to watch for drivers who do not watch for them. Recently, issues
with bike lanes include the frequent use of them as parking space, what constitutes a vehicle and reporting accidents. These discrepancies have lead to an uproar in the cyclist community. Biking has increased on Main Campus. In 2008, 6 percent of students reported that they commuted to school by bicycle and in 2010 approximately 9 percent commuted by bicycle, according to a survey by the Office of Sustainability. Cyclists have resolved to weave in and out of those who walk, ride along traffic in no specific lane and often stop to walk their bikes to class once inside Main Campus. The influx of cyclists creates an unsafe environment not only for cyclists, but for students walking as well. The bike lanes that do surround Main Campus are occupied with parked cars and don’t extend inside campus. This essentially eliminates lanes that were intended to provide a safe commute for students who bike to class. Izzat Rahman is an avid cyclist
and co-founder of Kayuh Bicycles, a company catering to the needs of student cyclists. Rahman said that implementing bike lanes would help lessen congestion, but right now awareness is the bigger issue. “A lot of times, I see cyclists riding on sidewalks or they share the walkway path with pedestrians because they either are afraid of getting hit by a car or just rather ride on the road,” Rahman said. “Introducing a bike path needs ample planning, for instance, if a bike lane is introduced on Liacouras Walk, what happens if the [Student Center] organizes Spring Fling?” Rahman suggests that Temple pair up with a bicycle company and promote bicyclist events that everyone can partake in. All of Main Campus needs to get involved to further encourage safe biking. There are already trail signs along campus directing bicyclists in the right direction, and enhancing that with actual bike lanes would be the ultimate plan. But the issue does not lie with-
in bringing the bike lanes to Main Campus, but rather getting the entire campus to recognize that this is an important issue. There needs to be some kind of meeting to make this a successful venture. The implementation of bike lanes on Main Campus is not a project that will take a day, a month or a year. It could take an extensive amount of time to properly coordinate where they should be placed. But in an effort to afford Temple the safety of its students, it should be a pertinent point to raise awareness about the importance of bike lanes, the benefits of biking to class, and the different companies that students and faculties can utilize to assist them in getting started. The idea of implementing bike lanes is plausible, but it cannot happen without the cooperation of the Temple community. Zevenia Dennis can be reached at email@example.com.
Inconsistencies exist in drug and alcohol policy
tudents, even those 21plus, are unable to possess alcohol in Temple’s student housing: This is just one aspect of a “dry campus.” Main Campus is not defined as a dry campus. However, students, both underage and of age, are not allowed to possess alcohol in Temple housing. Because of its elusive wording, Temple’s alcohol policy generates confusion, creating the appearance of inconsistencies. Temple’s current Drug and AlEMILY cohol Policy was adopted by the DICICCO Board of Trustees during special DiCicco executive session in September argues Temple’s 1990. It was supplemented by fordrug and mer university president David Adamany on Aug. 13, 2003. Applying alcohol policy to all students, the current policy generates states, “Temple University strictly confusion prohibits the unlawful possession, between what’s use, consumption, distribution or permissible and manufacture of drugs and alcohol on university property, or as part what’s not. of any university activity. A violation of this policy will subject the student to the range of sanctions, including, but not limited to, expulsion, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.” According to the policy statement of purpose, it was created because of the detrimental health risks involved with alcohol consumption, including “brain dam-
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age, cirrhosis of the liver, cancer, ulcers, heart ailments, impotence, fetal alcohol syndrome, depression, paranoia, memory loss, blackouts, psychological and emotional problems, hypertension, eating disorders, loss of coordination, poor vision, and gastrointestinal problems.” Additionally, the university hoped that the new policy would encourage a stronger and safer academic environment. At first glance, it may appear that Temple maintains a stance similar to that of dry campuses, prohibiting all consumption of alcohol on campus. However, this is not the case. Upon closer inspection, the policy actually only prohibits “the unlawful possession, use, consumption, distribution or manufacture of drugs and alcohol on university property, or as part of any university activity.” As clarified by Eryn Jelesiewicz, director of university communications, “Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstance, be used by, possessed by or distributed to any person under 21 years of age. Students who unlawfully use, possess, manufacture or distribute alcoholic beverages or are publicly intoxicated are subject to discipline under the Student Code of Conduct.” Yet, alcohol is absolutely for-
Should Temple stop referring to itself as a “dry campus”?
“There’s a bar in the middle of the campus and I don’t think it slows any of the kids down from drinking at all so I don’t think it’s a very effective policy. “
bidden in Temple residence halls, despite a student’s age. If a student is found to be in possession of alcohol, he or she must have a student conduct hearing, in addition to paying a $250 fine. After the first offense, the fine continues to rise and disciplinary action becomes more serious. Depending on the severity of the situation, students could be suspended or expelled. As Jelesiewicz explained, “Alcohol is banned from Temple’s residence halls because the students who live there are not of legal age. Alcohol is not banned from campus.” Currently, while housing residents 21-plus are a minority, this rational for the prohibition of alcohol in the residential halls is clear. However, several factors may change this in the future. For example, Temple is now offering fouryear housing for honors students, adding more 21-plus residents into the halls. Additionally, the construction of new dormitories may also increase the number of legal drinking residents. An additional complication to this policy comes from Maxi’s Bar and Grill, found in the heart of Main Campus, which opened in 2005, after Temple enacted its current alcohol policy. It is only a minute walk from 1940 residence hall,
SHAUN MCGOVERN “Absolutely. I think that drinking is an important part of learning how to grow up. How to handle alcohol in a social setting is important also. Look at other countries and how they handle alcohol consumption.”
where alcohol is prohibited. Temple highly endorses the bar. It is cited among the university’s “favorite places.” On its website, Temple cites Maxi’s as, “One of the best spots for people.” Because the current alcohol policy, which allows for only “lawful” drinking, Maxi’s is not violating any policy regulations. However, it appears almost silly that an individual who is legally allowed to drink, may not be able to drink in his or her own room, but can walk down to Maxi’s and then order a drink at the bar. With its wording, there is hardly a real contradiction between Maxi’s operating down the street from an alcohol-banned resident hall. However, it definitely generates some confusion about where alcohol consumption is allowed. And although Temple might take away some confusion with a change of its alcohol policy, it’s best to be realistic. Temple is a university. Like all universities, drinking will take place on campus – with or without a clear alcohol policy. Emily DiCicco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION “The ramifications of repealing the Abortion Control Act would be staggering. No more creepy eyeball watching or requirements for unnecessary architectural upgrades to jack up the cost. Providers could spend time and money providing health care instead of a constant legal defense to stay open.”
Tara Murtha, on the
philadelphiaweekly.com in “PA is Ground Zero for the Abortion Clash”
“But for the vast majority of these players, this ‘one shining moment’ will be the last taste they have of the athlete’s life. Many may stay involved in the game as coaches, administrators and commentators or in other support roles, but a microscopically small percentage will grow used to this attention. It’s an untenable situation: the system should work for everyone, not just the stars.”
Rebecca Rider, on
nytimes.com in “Most Won’t Go Pro”
“Perhaps USA Today is correct in concluding, ‘People crack, and they kill—the danger they pose obvious only in hindsight.’ In this case, let us devoutly hope so. But if it is not, if this soldier demonstrated clear warning signs of instability that were ignored, or if troop management standards had become lax, then the Army has a responsibility to Americans, Afghans and its own ranks to hold the unit’s leaders accountable for contributing, even unintentionally, to an atrocity.”
Jim Frederick, on time.
com in “Is the Army Responsible for the Afghan Massacre?
“It’s important to remember that most cell phone communications require two parties. It takes two to text, so you have a responsibility not to participate in such risky behavior. It’s almost like letting a friend leave a bar drunk and get behind the wheel.”
David Teater, of the
National Safety Council in avcnews.com on “Girlfriend’s Final Texts a Warning on Distracted Driving”
“I always wondered why they say it’s a dry campus but then there’s a bar right in the middle. Yeah, I guess they should [end it]. I don’t really think it’s super necessary.”
CHRIS MONTGOMERY TTN
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Average poor man says on “Letter to the editor” on March 14, 2012 at 6:54 p.m. Saying that somebody should HAVE to pay for education is irresponsible, but saying that if you don’t pay for it then the education is useless is ignorance in its purest form. Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Ben Franklin, Fredrick Douglas were all self educated(which is pretty inexpensive) so is their education worthless because they didn’t pay for it? And yes it is true that nobody PHYSICALLY forces you to go to school but look at the pressure that society puts on you, the entire point of high school is to “prepare you for college”, every school pumps ads all over the place that say “want to improve your life? Than come to our school and you will”, not to mention the pressures from their own friends and family to “make them proud”. This pushes kids to go into the 1st school that excepts them, blind to the expenses because they are just happy to be able to tell people that they are in college. Why do you think there are all these unaccredited “fly by night”schools exploiting these kids (and sometimes adults) fears of not being educated enough for society and delivering low quality education for a high price? These schools would not and could not exist in a world of free education. Education should not be used as a symbol of status or to put yourself above other people and it DEFINITELY should not be a tool of finance. Education is what we as HUMAN BEINGS should be using to raise up our entire SPECIES not just the select few that can afford it. “Each one teach one because we’re only as fast as the last man stumbling” John Featherman says on “Letters to the editor” on March 13, 2012 at 5:36 p.m. I am the endorsed Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the Pennsylvania First Congressional District. I am pro-choice, but I’m often labeled as “pro-abortion,” despite my protests. I am not “proabortion.” In fact, I don’t support any taxpayer funding of abortion. In my opinion, abortion should be a last resort. So it is wrong to refer to me as “pro-abortion.” Likewise, it is wrong to change Jacob’s language to “anti-abortion.” “Pro-life” individuals hold a different, more positive perspective, where they celebrate life in all forms — from conception to natural death. While we can debate the pros and cons of each position, we should not allow political correctness or a liberally-biased editor to change a key term whose original language holds positive connotations to a community. It’s one thing to edit for clarity; it’s another to forward a political ideology. The solution? Fire the editor! TU94 says on “Villanova can’t hold Temple back anymore” on March 14, 2012 at 12:19 p.m. TU fans – we need to stop blaming Villanova. They may have some influence in Big East decisions – but that influence is limited. When it comes time to make a FOOTBALL decision, the BE football schools call all the shots. And I’m excited to see what Dunph can do recruiting in the BE. We’ll finally have an equal playing field with the Cats. But to think they “blocked” Temple because of recruiting issues is short sighted. There are plenty of good players to go around. Temple will see better recruiting classes, and Nova will continue to get the same recruits they did before Temple.
Dear Editor, On Saturday, March 24, the 2012 Intercollegiate U.S. China Healthcare Conference is being hosted at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The goal of this conference–organized jointly by Global China Connection, Payer+Provider, and Penn Biotech Group–is to equip students to contribute to the global discussion on healthcare reform. Students from across the country are invited to participate in this experience. Both the U.S. and China are midway through the implementation of new national healthcare policies, and open discussion of these policies is necessary as they continue to be refined. Healthcare reform is a complex and heated process for any large country. In an effort to expose students to the many issues these countries face, this conference will bring together individuals with diverse perspectives on healthcare reform. Panelists and speakers include experts in fields including biotechnology, health economics, information technology, management, pharmaceuticals, public health and venture capital. The program is designed to facilitate discussion across disciplines, with the hope of sparking novel and in-
novative ideas. Sessions throughout the day-long program will have several formats. Keynote addresses will be given by George Gleason, Dr. David Rutstein, Dr. David Roye Jr., and Sheldon Dorenfest. More than a dozen additional experts will participate in panel discussions on topics ranging from clinical research to senior care delivery. There will also be plenty of opportunities for networking with the experts and fellow attendees. Finally, the program includes career-development workshops for students. An MCAT seminar and a case competition are included for those interested in medicine and business, respectively. Visit uschinahealthcare.com to see the program and purchase tickets. This event is an amazing opportunity for students to participate in the healthcare reform discussion alongside international experts. Sincerely, Medha Rajurkar, Penn Biotech Group
hebintn says on “Activists sit-in at Board of Trustees session” on March 13, 2012 at 6:00 a.m. This is great, BUT what I’d like to see is coordination and focus between the student groups. Yes, a group of students doing a sit in at a Board of Trustees meeting makes a point worth making, but if many thousands of students at hundreds of universities around the country/world all acted together at the same time the impact could be staggering. It takes LEADERSHIP at the local university level, it takes COMMUNICATION between those leaders via our wonderful tool on the internet, and it takes COMMITMENT and follow up. The first two parameters are easy, there are excellent leaders in student bodies and we all have the communication tools at our fingertips. The hard part in maintaining commitment in the minds of students… this circles back to leadership. I recall Earth Day many years ago… and we didn’t have the internet available to our effort.
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This is wrong for a few reasons. First and foremost, the city should already be providing the services the NCNID sets out to do. Students shouldn’t feel unsafe to walk home just because it’s four blocks from campus. Students shouldn’t be living in a filthy neighborhood where ignorant developers can get away with just about anything because the city fails to do its job. And students should not be treated like underprivileged and unequal constituents that have to take out a larger or, in some cases, another, loan to pay the extra 10 percent on housing that the NCNID could seek, as the bill states. Second, students didn’t make the mess, or at least, not most of it, and therefore shouldn’t be the ones to pay for everything. Students shouldn’t be the ones to have to pay for extra services, like safety and cleaning because students aren’t the
ones robbing houses and shooting innocent people or throwing trash on sidewalks or in lots. But above all else, Clarke and his cronies behind the NCNID undermine the very good that Temple provides its surrounding communities. According to a recent economic impact survey, Temple provides about $3.7 billion to the city and generates 34,000 jobs. Students are already paying into the neighborhood. We don’t want to pay any more and we don’t need to. North Philadelphia isn’t anything special.
Unfortunately, it appears like City Council will pass the NCNID before it recesses for summer in a few months. Students, you can avoid Clarke’s arrogance and withhold from paying into North Philly any more than you have to. Leave North Philly. Explore a new part of the city. Go to Fairmount. South Philly is way cheaper and loads nicer. Maybe even use the extra money you would be paying into the NCNID and get a nice place in Center City. At least the NCNID there targets everyone.
“The lack of contigious border creates a predatory tax that targets students, who are unfairly blamed for the city’s own disregard of a neighborhood.”
Matthew Petrillo can be reached at email@example.com.
Dear Editor, In Erik Jacob’s letter that ran in The Temple News’ March 13 issue, he failed to address the issue fairly, despite his stated purpose being just that. As conservatives have been doing since the contraception rule was first announced, Jacobs bemoaned the perceived attack on religious liberty. While the original rule did require religious organizations to provide contraception for its employees, it did not require churches to do so. When a religious organization decides to venture into healthcare, education and other industries, they don’t take their First Amendment protection with them. The First Amendment protects religious institutions, not the religious beliefs of employers. When the Catholic Church decides to go into different industries, those protections don’t carry over, and the organizations they set up deserve to have the same standards applied to them as any other private institution. But all that doesn’t matter now because the rule has been revised. Insurance companies are now required to provide contraception coverage free of charge and this is a service they willingly provide. Now the morality of birth control is completely up to the individual. And while Jacobs claims that “not once has any GOP candidate come out to oppose contraception,” he is unfortunately wrong. In an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said, “One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked
about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, ‘Well, that’s OK. Contraception’s OK.’ It’s not OK because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” Jacobs then went on to attack Planned Parenthood, going as far as to claim that tax payers are funding abortions. As it currently stands, the Federal government cannot fund abortions except in the cases of rape, incest or life endangerment. Furthermore Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of women’s health services, in addition to family planning. Considering that four in 10 pregnancies are unintended, these services are clearly necessary. He also claims that birth control is “very affordable,” but oral contraception alone can carry a price tag of $1,210 per year. Oral contraceptives not only reduce unintended pregnancies, they also have other health benefits, including decreasing the risk for ovarian cancer. The contraception rule is a common sense decision that both saves money and promotes responsible family planning. If it was a religious freedom issue before, it certainly isn’t now that coverage is provided by insurance companies. Attempts by people like Jacobs to tie this issue to abortion and the First Amendment are despicably underhanded. Sincerely, Matthew Miller Political Science, 2014
Smaller bars provide safer, fun environment Rachel Hildebrandt gives her opinion about Philadelphia’s nightlife. SARAH GUY The Temple News It’s Saturday night. You’re sitting at home in Philadelphia. What to do? Hit up Philly’s night life, obviously. There are more than 100 bars and clubs across the city that Philadelphians enjoy from happy hour into the wee hours of the morning. University of Pennsylvania student Rachel Hildebrandt, said she enjoys the Philadelphia nightlife, citing 12 Steps Down and the Barbary as two of her favorite spots. Twelve Steps Down, located in the Bella Vista section of South Philadelphia, has been repeatedly cited for having the best happy hours and has been dubbed a “dive bar.” It is a classic example of the local, friendly Philadelphia bar scene. In addition, the Barbary, on Frankford Avenue, features weekend concerts and inexpensive drinks for its downtown frequenters. It offers an opportunity for Philadelphians to enjoy good music with a good drink. For Hildebrandt, the small, local breweries are the best in Philadelphia. She en-
joys supporting the local, lesser known establishments. “Good night life in any area is a sign of a good economy and good for the area,” Hildebrandt said. Still, she said she’d much rather a few, small bars spread across the city than large strings of over-frequented establishments. “When there are too many clubs clustered in one area, the neighborhood begins to only do well at one time of the day.” Hildebrandt said South Street as a perfect example of this. “It’s only alive at night,” Hildebrandt said. “Then it requires a high police presence and becomes crazy at certain points.” Bar fights, flash mobs and public intoxication are frequent occurrences in large bar and night club areas. Hildebrandt said she finds a way to enjoy the nightlife without the hassle of cluttered police presence and crowds of people. Hildebrandt encourages Philadelphia’s bar-goers to support local establishments and enjoy a good, fun, and easy going time in true Philadelphia style. Sarah Elizabeth Guy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rachel Hildebrandt rides off on her bicycle to enjoy Philadelphia’s night life.
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n idea that sparked nearly two years ago is showing its potential as it flourishes in popularity and shows promise for the college party scene. Although most Temple students go back to their hometowns for summer vacation, there are some who choose to stay in Philadelphia. Senior economics major Craig Thom was one of those students two summers ago, pressed to know who else was around Temple for the summer months. Thom had the idea that there needed to be, “some type of congruent
network that can link all the students together so that they can see what’s going on, on a weekly and daily basis,” he said. Although Philadelphia event-information providers existed, Thom, 23, said there weren’t really any catered toward college-age students at the time. Through this desire came “If you’re down at Temple for the summer,” a Facebook page operated by Thom and senior advertising major Yonatan Abiye, directed toward the 18-to 24-year-old demographic. The event promotion page “blew up,” Thom said, with more than 1,000 users. Campus Night Out was officially developed a few months later, when Thom, CEO, and Abiye, president, saw the potential for such a hub that could
link students – not only from Temple, but throughout Philadelphia – to events happening in and around the city. “We want to be the link between campuses and nightlife and entertainment geo-censored to location,” Thom said. “We want to provide clear, concise, relevant information that pertains to our demographic and pull in a lot of viewership to our website based off of our web content.” CNO started out on a small-scale during its first year of inception, with just Thom and Abiye coordinating weekly events for bars that reached out to them. Although successful in their individual efforts, Thom said he and Abiye became burnt out. “We realized that we were putting
too much effort into too many things, so what we did was we got a team together,” Thom said. The CNO team now consists of eight determined individuals and a slew of interns who have been marketing, coordinating events and working several days a week to establish a credible company name. “We’re able to execute really well because we’re concentrated on doing one thing and one thing over and that’s serving college students,” Abiye said. “We know our target market, and we know them well, so we are able to serve them as best as we can.” Senior sport and recreation management major Lauren Langton has been working with CNO since October 2011 and is now the chief operations
operator. “Once I started working for Campus Night Out, I just started being like a promoter then we decided it was a company that we needed a lot more organizational structure,” Langton said. After constructing a team and everyone’s individual responsibilities, CNO was able to “do a lot more bigger projects and a lot faster than before,” Langton added. Just this academic year alone, CNO has promoted or planned numerous successful events. One of which was a Halloween function – with about 600 attendees – at the Frat House Night Club on Seventh and Arch streets, which featured up-and-coming local artists Ground Up and Moosh & Twist.
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Men march to raise sexual abuse awareness Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a national event for men to walk in heels to end sexual violence, will take place on Main Campus on March 22.
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1998 alumna Brooke Shaden snapped a photo that won Canon Imagin8ion’s contest under the “Time” theme.
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On average, there are 207,754 victims of rape and sexual assault each year in the U.S. This translates to approximately one victim every two minutes. While the instances of rape and sexual assault have generally been on the decline since the early 2000s, it still remains an issue in the U.S., especially in regards to women’s equality. Nearly one in six women are sexually assaulted in the U.S. each year, most of whom are 18 to 24 years old, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. In response to the prevalence of sexual violence in the U.S., Frank Baird created what is now the national movement, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence, in 2001. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes gathers men in communities around the nation and world to walk for one mile in high-heeled shoes to protest sexual violence against women and to raise funds for rape crisis centers and domestic violence shelters, according to the organization’s website. Several groups and departments in the university have collaborated to host a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event on Main Campus on Thursday, March 22 at 11 a.m. There were 19 instances of reported
forcible rape on Main Campus and in non- lence have been hosted in the past. campus, public area and on-campus student Take Back the Night, an international housing areas between 2008 and 2010, ac- march started in 1975 in Philadelphia to cording to Campus Safety Services. raise awareness of sexual violence and Kate Schaffer, program coordinator for abuse, brings women together to march alcohol and other drugs, interpersonal vio- holding candles. HEART, FMLA and VOX lence and mental health in Campus Voices for Planned the Health Education and Parenthood held a Take Awareness Resource Team, Back the Night march on and Kim Chestnut, the diApril 5, 2011. rector of HEART, have “We really wanted to been instrumental in orgafind a way to get male stunizing the event. dents involved,” Chest“We’ve been worknut said. “Walk a Mile is ing collaboratively with uniquely designed to allow a whole bunch of departfor male student participaments in and outside the tion, and so we thought it division of student affairs,” was a nice complement to Kimberly Chestnut / Shaffer said. director of heart some of our other events. Some of these departTake Back the Night is tradiments include Tuttleman Counseling Ser- tionally a female event.” vices, CSS, the Office of Student Conduct “This is men saying visibly, ‘I’m putand the Office of Compliance and Student ting myself in traditionally women’s shoes Services in Athletics, as well as fraternities, by physically putting myself in women’s sororities and student organizations, such as shoes to show it’s not just a women’s issue, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance. it’s everyone’s issue. Violence is not OK “It was always a collaboration between and we’re taking a stand as males on our [HEART] and Athletics, it started that way, campus,’” Schaffer said. as a hope that we could collaborate with Before the walk, Chestnut and Stephaspecific teams,” Schaffer said. nie Ives, dean of students, will speak to While this is the first time Walk a Mile walkers and sponsors. The march, which will occur on Main Campus, similar events will be silent, begins in Founders Garden to raise awareness of and protest sexual vioWALK PAGE 16
PEOPLE YOU SHOULD KNOW The Temple News sat down with Robert Levis, the Chemistry of Wine professor, in honor of our annual Bar Guide issue.
“Walk a Mile is uniquely designed to allow for male student participation.”
ALEXIS SACHDEV Living Editor
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MATT HULMES The Temple News The Chemistry of Wine is a general education course offered in the fall in the School of Science and Technology. In the class taught by Professor Robert Levis, students learn about the science, as well as the art, of winemaking. Robert Levis, a winemaker himself, is also involved with other aspects of chemistry. He directs a center for strong field research, which involves the study of superintense laser molecules interaction. The Temple News talked with Levis about the class, what it entails and what students should expect, as well as how he got involved in the field of chemistry, in honor of our annual Bar Guide insert. TTN: Why did you decide to get into the field of chemistry? RL: I can tell you almost to the day when it was. I was a pre-med major at La Salle University, and the first month of the second semester, I was memorizing all these biology terms, and…it just had the answer for everything. You could explain the entire phenomenon that you come into contact with just in a daily existence. I always liked to explain things and right there I switched from pre-med into chemistry, and then chemistry to grad school, and then grad school into teaching and research. The Temple News: Why did you decide to teach the Chemistry of Wine? Robert Levis: Ultimately it came down to that the associate dean, George Palladino knew that another faculty member and I made wine every year and they were looking for new gen-ed courses. They said, “why don’t you teach something on wine?” So they spent the summer designing what we wanted the course to be and kind of developed it over the course of two years and then the third year it was really nice.
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TTN: Do the students get to make their own wine? Do they get to keep it? RL: No, what the students do in the experiment is learn about fermentation and how temperature affects fermentation. So if you open a jelly jar and you just leave it on the counter, after about two weeks it’s going to taste bubbly, because it’s fermenting. But if you open it and leave it in the refrigerator and you can leave it in there for a month and basically nothing will happen and that’s because the higher the temperature, the faster this process of fermentation occurs. What the students will do will take grape juice and put it in three bottles with a balloon on top and yeast in the bottle and put one in the refrigerator, just one in the stan-
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dard temperature room of the house, like the living room, and one in the hottest spot of the house, which is usually the attic, and they find that at the higher temperature, the fermentation goes really fast and the balloon expands in like two days. In room temperature it takes about a week, and in the refrigerator it never ferments. That is to the extent of the wine that they make, and it’s not really wine, they can’t drink it. TTN: How would you rate the difficulty of this class? RL: It’s easier than they think it’s going to be. After the first two weeks into the class, everybody gets desperate because they start learning some chemistry. They’re typically scared stiff about science, but we make it so that almost everybody passes the courses, and they learn some science, too. We’ve actually gotten [students] to switch from whatever [major they were in], art [or] history, into science, which is just great. Though, that’s not the idea. We’re not trolling for new majors, the idea is to teach these students that scientists have a different way of looking at the world, that when we say something, we mean something different than when a politician says something or someone in humanities. There’s always room for argument there, and while there is room for argument in science it plays out in the laboratory, not in the opinion polls. TTN: Do students just learn how to make wine, or do they learn about any other substances like drugs? RL: Nah, we were thinking about running a course on the science of sex, but we could also do something in the chemistry of narcotics. They do in a way. They learn how drugs work in a human, or any organism, by binding into active sites in proteins. We actually go over threedimensional crystals structures in proteins, because that’s the way students learn about how taste, smell and perception of flavor come about, so it’s essential. So they could jump from there to how drugs interact with the body at that point, since we don’t specifically cover that. Matthew Hulmes can be reached at email@example.com.
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The Bar Hours for Education bill, if passed, would raise extra funds for the city’s schools by allowing bars to stay open an hour later, until 3:00 a.m. KARA SAVIDGE Arts and Entertainment Editor
ore money for education is an idea any bar fly could drink to. But raising that money through the Bar Hours for Education Bill, which proposes pushing last call back from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., has left community members and city officials divided about the idea. Beyond the logistics of the extended hours, the bill’s author, Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, said something needs to be done about city school’s financial woes, and this is one way of taking a look at a new solution with what she calls “nonconventional innovative revenue streams.” “Every year, in the last many years I’ve been there at the end of the school district’s budget hearings, we are hungry, thirsty and looking for additional revenues for the school district,” Brown said. “I’ve had complaints that
taxpayers quite frankly are tired of [the city] always coming back to ask them to give additional dollars from their pocket, so I thought it wise and prudent to look for nontraditional revenue streams to do this.” Since its late-January introduction, the bill has garnered varying opinions. In order for it to go into effect it will need approval by city council, Mayor Michael Nutter and the general assembly in Harrisburg. The bill wouldn’t be the first tax on bars to raise money for books and buses – the city’s liquor-bythe-drink tax raised $42 million last year, Brown said, and this bill would yield a projected $5 million. Bar hours have been extended in other cities including Seattle, New York City, Miami and Washington, D.C. Despite the added funds, many, including Brown, are not optimistic about the bill’s chances of passing. She said the police commissioner and the chamber of commerce are not in favor. The extra hour and its chances of producing substantial revenue pose
questions on either side of the argument. It’s possible, and asserted by the bill’s nay-sayers that the extra hour wouldn’t actually generate the projected extra revenue, but its proponents can argue that an extra hour wouldn’t entice significant increases in crime either – a widely voiced concern that Brown called “very legitimate,” adding that the “timing may not be right” for the bill. “I’m not optimistic this bill will pass because our city is ridden with crime, and not conducive to successfully passing this type of measure,” Brown said. She added that she hopes to soon see hard data regarding crime patterns around bars, rather than relying on anecdotal evidence. In areas of the city like Northern Liberties, where recent growth has developed a burgeoning nightlife, the bill raises this question of disruptions to the fabric of the neighborhood. Matt Ruben, president of the
Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, has vocalized this and other concerns publicly since the bill was announced. “Whole communities have grown up around this idea that in Pennsylvania liquor establishments are only open until 2 a.m., and it’s dangerous to mess with them when it comes to something as nuisance-oriented as this could be,” Ruben said. Ruben said an extra hour of drinking means drunker people, noise pollution, petty crime and more vulnerable people falling victim to crime when they’re “drunk, walking back to cars in the middle of the night.” Additionally, there’s the cost of bolstering police forces and patrols during the extra hour. He cited Old City as an example. “There’s a huge number of people from the region who don’t live here and have only experienced Second Street in Northern Liberties,” Ruben said. “So they know the neighborhood as one thing which is a nighttime spot. But we have this whole neighborhood
to the west and a little to the east that is a much different place with cafes, other stores and people raising families.” While Ruben said he doesn’t think the bill will gain much traction, he added that the it was an “interesting idea,” but would rather see old promises, like the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s unfulfilled $25 million 2005 pledge to the school district, delivered on. “We’re not going to see that money because it’s going to be eaten up by police and by the cost of degrading people’s quality of life,” Ruben said. “As annoying as it is to get a parking ticket, that doesn’t degrade the quality of a community in the same way [that the bill will].” In light of the course the bar hours bill seems to be taking, Brown has introduced another concept to continue the dialogue around the issue of school funding. Another thoroughly contested bill would place ads on school buses – a practice that was recently approved in New Jersey and, according to
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(Above) A crowd gathers outside of Cavanaugh’s at 18th and Sansom streets, one of the destinations on the Erin Express bar crawl. (Bottom left) A bar crawler moves through crowds boarding the Erin Express. The free shuttle service ran on a continuous loop from noon to 5:30 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, with stops at Irish pubs. (Bottom right) Jenna Schultz, a student at the University of Pennsylvania, hangs a clover flag in the window of the Blarney Stone at 39th and Sansom streets.
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Columnist Meghan White offers a low-maintenance alternative to keeping indoor house plants.
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Terrarium greens city apartment
fter four years of living in a city, I am starting to feel the effects of the lack of greenery. I’ve tried to grow plants in nearly every place I have lived since coming to Temple. In the dorms, my roommate would constantly knock my cacti off of our windowsill. I managed to forget about a grass that promptly died of thirst while living in an apartment sophomore year. And this year I’ve managed to kill off both a succulent and a cactus shortly after replanting them. As much as I would like to blame that on the dry air in my house, I’m fairly certain that cactus should have been thriving rather than shriveling up. I don’t have a total black thumb, though. I manage to grow plants just fine outdoors at home in the suburbs. But I have a feeling that has more to do with Mother Nature, my fondness for hardy, native plant life and possibly also my father compulsively watering everything in my absence. I have always been fond of plants and flowers. Had I applied
to Temple Ambler like initially sort of planned – sorry, Dad – I definitely would have changed my major to landscape architecture. Heck, once upon a time I even won a blue ribbon at Chester County’s flower show for flower arranging, albeit dry flower arranging, and since it was in elementary school my competition wasn’t exactly the best. Maybe it’s just because I was raised in a home with a lot of gardens, or maybe it was my frequent trips to Longwood Gardens when I was younger, but plants always make anywhere feel more like home. And let’s be serious here, terrariums are all the rage. They can be found nearly everywhere on the Internet. From DIY blogs to sites like Pinterest, it seems like you may actually need a terrarium to qualify as cool. While I rarely jump on trend bandwagons, this is one trend that is too cute to pass up. During break I managed to convince my father to take me to the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Despite the fact that I have a track record of kill-
ing everything I try to grow in pots, I bought a moss terrarium kit complete with a miniature figurine. It is the first kit that I’ve used for anything in awhile, but I figured it would be the best option for my first attempt at making a moss terrarium. The added convenience of having to purchase only one thing separate from the kit – a spray bottle –made it well worth the cost. Still, the steps of creating a moss terrarium are extremely easy to replicate, and I plan on making my own completely DIY version of the terrarium soon. The supplies may take a bit of hunting for in the city, but having your own little work in a jar may be worth the search.
to a terrarium - long tweezers or small wooden dowel – this is only necessary if the glass container has a narrow neck
1. Put about an inch of rocks into the bottom of the glass container. This provides drainage in your terrarium. 2. Soak dried moss in water for a minute so it is pliable, squeeze out excess water and place on top of rocks. Pat down, and make sure that the rocks are covered. This will help to prevent soil from falling through. Depending on the size of the glass container, you may need to use the dowel to help arrange the dried moss. 3. Add a thin layer of soil. SUPPLIES If the container is large enough - glass container with lid in diameter, you can sculpt - rocks–have some extra for some peaks and valleys in there decoration if that’s your style. Mist lightly - dried moss with the spray bottle. - soil 4. If using a kit, you will - fresh moss have to have soaked your live - spray bottle with water moss for a few hours to rejuve- dishes to soak moss nate it. If you’re using live moss - figurine – this is optional just add it to your terrarium and but can really some fun add arrange it in any way. Use differ-
ent kinds of moss if you would like to get creative. 5. Add any decorations that you would like. My kit came with a small woman figurine, and the directions suggested using a few rocks from the base for additional décor. Any small trinket that won’t rust or get moldy can be used for decoration. You can even make your own.
1. Mist your terrarium before placing in indirect or filtered sunlight. Make sure you replace the lid. Too much direct light will likely fry your moss. Artificial light can also be beneficial to moss. 2. Give your terrarium a few squirts from the spray bottle every two to four weeks. Be careful not to drown your moss, but don’t let it get too dry either. Basically, keep a watchful eye on it and don’t forget it exists until it has turned completely brown. Meghan White can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A moss terrarium is created by placing moss, stones, soil and decorations into a glass container with a lid. After it’s constructed, the terrarium requires a spritz of water every couple weeks.
Websites spur fashion concepts Columnist Mark Longacre says websites like Pinterest have become increasingly relevant in college fashion.
MARK LONGACRE eing a member of Generation Z means turning to the Internet way before considering a book or magazine. It’s as if many think books and magazines are immediately out of date the second they’re printed, especially when it comes to constantly changing subjects like fashion. Traditionally, aspiring fashionistas would turn to “Vogue,” “Elle,” “GQ” or “Details” for fashion inspiration. But today, people flock to Tumblr, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other social media websites for the latest outfit ideas – from friends posting pictures of their daily outfits, to professional bloggers promoting their photography, makeup tips and personal styling. Utilizing low posting costs, some blogs specialize in street style that focuses exclusively on looks found in public, usually a city. Rather than focusing exclusively on high fashion from the latest and greatest designers, street style shows outfits worn and created by the average person. The street style bloggers are constantly on the prowl for a chic outfit assembled by the person wearing it. While some fashion magazines do incorporate some candid on-the-street photos, they’re usually a celebrity running off the set of their latest movie to grab a latte, not your average
Joe sporting a dapper look. As a result, we turn to social media because we can find a wide array of styles that could be easily integrated into a wardrobe. Still, many don’t do their shopping exclusively online and prefer to shop in person because it allows shoppers to see what works with their figure and budget. College students are notoriously broke, and we can’t always buy the latest and greatest high fashion from Neiman Marcus. Even though we can’t spend a month’s rent on a pair of pants, we still want to wear our favorite trends on a college-friendly budget. Fortunately, trends usually involve incorporating unique pieces into an outfit, so it may entail buying a new pair of pants to wear with an old blazer. In addition to replacing fashion magazines, social media serves as a supplement to catalogs and other forms of traditional advertising. Pinterest, the latest reblogging social media site, allows their “pinners” to upload outfit ideas under the men’s apparel, women’s apparel or hair and beauty categories, and the pins almost always link users back to the content’s original source. When one of my friends posts an outfit that I can’t possibly live without, I can easily track down the store that sells the outfit’s pieces and order them.
“Reading an editor write fashion descriptions like, ‘The vintage Dior drop-waist princess dress is so Madona meets South Korea with a hint of the 1930s’ can make your head spin.”
Overall, I think social media is making fashion significantly more accessible to the average person through a familiar vehicle and a comfortable dialect. I love to read “Vogue,” “Details,” “GQ” and a host of other fashion related blogs, but if you’re not familiar with designer names or designer terms, traditional fashion magazines are incredibly intimidating. Reading an editor write fashion descriptions like, “the vintage Dior drop-waist princess dress is so Madonna meets South Korea with a hint of the 1930s,” can make your head spin. On the other hand, looking at a picture of an outfit with links to purchase it makes integrating fashion into daily life easy and I’m excited to see what the future has in store for fashion in regards to social media. The Internet revolution has given average people with the gift of style a vehicle to exhibit their ideas without spending years climbing to the top of a magazine’s editorial staff. As more stylish consumers integrate their love of fashion into the rest of their online lives, it creates an informal forum to discuss fashion without having to know everything about last season’s drop-crotch tweed pants. Mark Longacre can be reached at email@example.com.
Community debates bar bill LAST CALL PAGE 9 Brown was introduced in the mid-’90s. With restrictions preventing alcohol-related, sexual and political content, Brown said she’s much more optimistic about the advertisement bill passing. “I’m looking for and listening to new measures that I’ve learned about or read about for other states,” Brown said. “Advertising on school buses does no harm and raises money in a nontraditional way providing new revenues for the school district.” In light of the possibility of neither bills passing, Brown has certainly opened up a discussion around how far Philadelphia should go to close its budget gap. “This means we have to continue to look at other areas and other opportunities,” Brown said. Kara Savidge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Students started EvntBlazr.com to dish out reviews of the city’s best bars and restaurants. about 21 reviews from throughout the city. The owners hope to increase advertising revenue In a time of Yelp reviews, through word-of-mouth and Foursquare and social media, social media. It is now in the everyone wants to tell people early stages, and Fasciocco bewhere to go in the city. But lieves that more followers will scanning through pages of anattract advertisers. Although the gry rants and biased views can reviews are honest, Kelly and be exhausting, and make getting an honest review to plan the per- Fasciocco said that they do not focus on the negative. Instead, fect night tough. With the goal of giving they would just like to bring atreaders a fresh and honest eye of tention to their favorite places in Philadelphia, senior advertising the city. “We’re not going to bring major Lauren Kelly and Alicia down family restaurants,” Kelly Fasciocco created EVNTBlazr. said. “We would say if somecom – a website that profiles the thing needed improvement, but best places for eating, venturing not in a way that’s bashing the and nightlife in Philadelphia. business.” To stand out from its comWith hopes of starting a petitors, EVNTblazr provides new business, Kelly and Fasspecific categories to make the ciocco said they are excited perfect outing – readers can about the new experiences that pick from hipster, gay-friendly, the venture will bring. The redive, college and views include classy scenes. In both cheaper addition, Kelly low-end and exand Fasciocco pensive high-end said their site is establishments. different as it cat“We like egorizes Philagood service, delphia hotspots food and locaby specific attrition,” Fasciocco butes. said. “We don’t “It’s hard like to go places to find outdoor where the food seating, and at sucks but the the same time light is really you can’t Google cool. We go for Lauren Kelly / ‘gay friendly the food and senior advertising major lunch spots in drink and want Philadelphia’ or the total pack‘good for groups,’” Kelly said. age.” “As a college student, it’s hard “But we’re not above dive to find a place that’s cheap, [hip] bars,” she added. and good for a first date, but we Kelly also said that they have all that.” sought out restaurants with speKelly believes that their cialized menus, good ambiance website’s tips and recommendations are relevant for anyone, and a diverse crowd. “We’re not into chain resfrom college freshman to entertaurants,” Kelly said. “We write tainment-scene regulars. about somewhere we think “The website is a fresh eye our readers would like to go people aren’t used to seeing,” and where we feel like people Kelly said. “For Temple students, it’s from their perspec- should go.” In a year, the owners say tive. “ that they would like to see the In addition, the site is set website add more content and to regularly feature interviews staff writers. from local musicians. Although “Right now it’s not generthe site doesn’t officially launch ating income,” Kelly said. “But with the first feature – with Philideally we’d like it to someday adelphia DJ, Deejay DJ – until be our jobs.” April, Kelly and Fasciocco have
DANIELLE MIESS The Temple News
“The website is a fresh eye people aren’t used to seeing. For Temple students, it’s from their perspective.”
created Twitter and Facebook pages for the website. The site is also fully up and running with
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Bars tap best selection of imported, local beers In case you missed some of TTN’s favorite bar picks in the Bar Guide, check out this list of some of the city’s bars in terms of the draft beer options. ANNABELLE BUCK The Temple News Philadelphians love beer – especially good beer. This probably goes without saying, since one can pretty much throw a rock and hit a good beer bar in this town. Even hole-in-the-wall dives sometimes carry a surprising assortment of imported bottles. Similarly, many bars keep a great deal more than just the old reliables on tap. To make a complete list of bars with good draught selections, this story would need a lot more space on this page, and a lot more time for “research.” So it’s important to remember that this is not a ranking. It’s not a discussion of the bars that probably come to mind with the mention of a great draught selection, such as Standard Tap, Belgian Cafe, Monk’s and the South Philly Taproom. Instead, it’s a list of a few excellent bars worth going to, for those who appreciate good beer.
PROHIBITION TAPROOM 501 N. 13TH ST.
Don’t let the no-man’s land location fool you. The interior, and name, of the bar bring to mind an old time saloon – but not in a gimmicky way. This small gastropub is tasteful through and through. The staff is friendly and unpretentious, despite being knowledgeable beer snobs. As for the draught list, they usually keep eight or nine beers on tap, which rotate frequently. At the time of this publication, the selection includes Ommegang, Dogfish Head, Lost Abbey and Free Will, but by the time you read this, it will probably be totally different. On Sundays it has BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl), and play awesome music all night. Win.
THE FARMER’S CABINET 1113 WALNUT ST.
Don’t you hate it when you want to drink Shakespeare-themed cocktails
FELA! MARCH 20-25 VARIOUS TIMES THE ACADEMY OF MUSIC 240 S. BROAD ST. $20-100 KIMMELCENTER.ORG Celebrity culture in Philadelphia has a huge shadow cast over it by the one and only Fresh Prince: Will Smith. The West Philly native will exert his influence over Broad Street once again this week, when the Broadway play he and Jay-Z co-produced, “Fela!” premieres tonight, March 20, at the Academy of Music.
but you can’t find a fancy enough barn to drink them in? Yeah, me too. Until I discovered the Farmer’s Cabinet. And besides having probably the best cocktails ever, the beer selection is also intriguing. “All of our beers are unique,” said the bartender, Joe. “They come from small breweries all over Europe and the United States. Sometimes we’ll have the only keg of a certain beer in the U.S.” But for those who really want to experience this beautiful bar, go on a weeknight when it’s not crowded. On the weekend, its dead Center City location guarantees there will be hoards of bros grunting loudly about stuff and mainline girls getting too drunk in too-high heels.
DEVIL’S DEN 1148 S. 11TH ST.
This South Philly standard boasts around 17 draught beers, none of which include the word “lite.” Right now some of the draught beers are Maredsous, Bear Republic, Blue Point and Flying Fish. This is probably the most casual of all the bars on the list, and for those who live in the area, it could easily become a regular spot. The bar’s happy hour is worth a South Philly trip: From 5-7 p.m., all draughts are half off. I’ll have another $6 – I mean $3 – double IPA, please.
EULOGY BELGIAN TAVERN 136 CHESTNUT ST.
First of all, this place is the selfproclaimed “beer heaven,” which is probably true. They have a monstrous five-page bottle menu, with brews from all across the world. Unlike other bars in the same vein, Eulogy has a relaxed, homey atmosphere that actually does recall corner pubs in Belgium or France. “We get a lot of beers that other bars don’t get,” said Chris, a server who has worked at Eulogy for more than four years. “We take beer very seriously, and we’ve been around for nine years, which is like an eternity in [Old City], where bars are opening and closing all
“Fela!,” which is in town for five days, tells the true story of Fela Kuti, a Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer of the second half of the 20th century. Kuti, a musician and political activist, derived inspiration from jazz, funk and traditional African rhythms to create the Afrobeat genre in the 1970s. He used his music as political commentary against oppression in Nigeria and throughout Africa, and he sought inspiration from the Black Panther Party after spending time in the U.S. The musical tracks Kuti’s successes and failures against the Nigerian government, which eventually culminates in the release of the 1979 album, “Zombie,” which heavily criticizes the country’s military regime and subsequent raids and murders against Kuti.
WAFFLE DAY SATURDAY, MARCH 25 11 A.M. – 3 P.M. AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM 1900 PATTISON AVE. $10 AMERICANSWEDISH. ORG March is definitely a month for food. Aside from Pi Day, Chocolate Covered Raisin Day and Peanut Day there’s the international celebration of Waffle Day, a holiday that originated in Sweden. Each year, the American Swedish Historical Museum hosts Waffle Day to commemorate the
the time.” They also have a killer food menu. The burgers and belgian frites are definitely worth a trip back for.
LOCAL 44 4333 SPRUCE ST.
If, for whatever reason, you happen to find yourself in the wild west of the city, definitely check out Local 44. It’s owned by the same people that own the Memphis Taproom in Fishtown and Resurrection Ale House in South Philly, which are also great bars. Local 44 is just far enough west that you won’t see a ton of Penn students, but not too far west that you’ll want to give up before you get there. They have more than 15 beers on draught, including St. Bernardus, Great Divide, Fullers and Stone. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed, and the food is excellent. I’m still thinking about the vegetarian Reuben I had.
KRAFTWORK 541 E. GIRARD AVE.
My love for this bar is as deep as my love for beer and french fries, forming a perfect trifecta of love in my deep fried, beer-stained heart. Maybe a slight exaggeration, but they do have a ton of amazing beer, and great fries. With 24 beers on tap and a food menu that pays homage to the old industrial days in Fishtown. Pretzel bite fondu and perogies, anyone? Kraftwork is a hip, but down to Earth, spot. They also have a late night happy hour, 11 p.m.- 2 a.m. The list could go on and on, and doesn’t even mention other places with great selections like Grace Tavern, Khyber Pass, Nodding Head or Johnny Brenda’s. Philadelphia is a beer lover’s paradise, so it would be impossible to include them all. But, c’est la vie. On to bigger and better beers. Annabelle Buck can be reached at email@example.com.
coming of spring and the Feast of Annunciation. Attendees can tour the museum for the history of Waffle Day and some Swedish waffles, complete with whipped cream and strawberry jam with a side of coffee. If you can’t make it down, head to the recently opened Liacouras Walk location of Bonte Belgian Waffles for a tasty treat to go.
KASABIAN WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21 7 P.M. THEATRE OF LIVING ARTS 334 SOUTH ST. $18+ LIVENATION.COM More than a year after releasing its most recent album, “Velociraptor!” English rock band Kasabian is touring the U.S. until April, and will make a stop at the Theatre of Living Arts tomorrow night, March 21. The four-piece group has experienced more success in the U.K. and throughout Europe than in the U.S., but is perhaps best known for its single, “Club Foot,” which has been featured on the soundtracks to various video games, as well as on several television shows and movies, including “CSI: Miami” and “The Guardian.” The glam-meets-electro rock group’s second album, “Empire,” topped UK charts and landed on Billboard 200 after its release in 2006. Tickets are still available through Ticketmaster and Livenation – they will also be available at the door – and the concert begins at 7 p.m. – Alexis Sachdev
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Musical shows trials of showbiz
The self-referential musical, “A Chorus Line,” opened in Tomlison theater March 16, and tells the story of auditions for a musical.
here is one singular sensation taking place in Tomlinson Theater this month – the theater department’s rendition of “A Chorus Line,” directed by Nick Anselmo. Produced for the first time in 1975, the revolutionary musical rocked audiences with its groundbreaking format and content. After garnering the Tony Award for best musical and Pulitzer Prize for drama it was made into a film in 1985, and had a Broadway revival in 2006. The show still tours internationally. “A Chorus Line” is about a group of dancers trying to land a job in a show directed by Zach, played by senior theater major Shawn Hudson. Taking place in real time, it moves from the initial audition to the first round of cuts, and then a second round of auditions unlike anything the dancers are used to. By the end of the show, Zach chooses who will be cast. The irony is that the narrative audition in the show is reflective of real life. “Honestly, the audition process for ACL was very similar to the show,” senior theater major Richie Sklar said. “The first audition was a dance call and we literally learned the first part of the opening jazz combo up to the pirouettes.” Temple’s production runs two hours with no intermission. The dancing choreographed by Maggie Ander-
son is superb alongside the singing and acting. A challenge actors faced was that they are on stage 95 percent of the show, with very little time for breaks or rest. “I had to do a lot of physical training in order to build up my stamina, vocal training in order to be able to sustain my vocals throughout the show,” sophomore theater major Travis Keith Battle said. “And just mental soul searching in order to truly connect with my character.” “I started seeing things I know about my friends [on stage] in the characters,” junior theater major Jessie Bennett said. With two rows of mirrors for a set, the audience learns that “A Chorus Line” is not an everyday musical. “[The film] was one of my first musicals I ever saw, at 8-years-old,” Bennett said. “I was used to big productions and big show numbers, but this was simple – it is more about the characters.” Each of the characters’ vibrant personalities pulls at a different heartstring for audience members. It is heartbreaking when the audience finds out which of its favorite characters make the show and which do not. Though West’s, Sklar’s and the others’ characters have immense personalities and back stories that set them apart from one another, they slowly but surely learn from Zach that dance and theater are a collaborative effort.
“But ‘A Chorus Line’ is about so much more than theater,” musical theater department head Peter Reynolds said. “This show is relevant to so many audience members across the board.” Each musical number tackles a different issue that theater goers and non-theater goers alike all must face. One deals with puberty and growing up, one deals with the demand for physical perfection and one deals with escape from reality. In the world of the show, the wall of mirrors acts as just that in a typical dance studio. “The mirror is so important to the dancer,” Anselmo said. “We are constantly checking ourselves to make sure we are dancing correctly, judging how we present ourselves to the world.” “I think this is part of the universal statement that everyone is always checking the image they portray,” Anselmo added. “Making sure they don’t reveal too much of who they really are to the world.” The mirrors act literally and figuratively as a reflection of the audience members. For college students, especially graduating seniors, the show is extremely relevant. The audition could act as a metaphor for job interviews and taking the ‘next big step,’ and whether we as people are ready for that step or not, professionally or personally.
“I think that ‘A Chorus Line’ speaks to the heart why you chose the path you take in life,” said junior theater major Eileen Aurelia, who plays Diana. “Some careers require more personal sacrifice than others and often, the time you get to work in your chosen field is limited.” Beyond that, the show is about taking oneself, one’s résumé and really putting it out there for the world to see, for better or for worse. “I want this to really open the eyes of the each audience member – whether singer, or painter or business student – this story is meant to illustrate to the audience what it’s like to put yourself on the line and be completely exposed,” West said. That true vulnerability speaks to anyone who is looking for a job or internship, or just looking to be recognized. One of the final numbers in the show, “What I Did For Love,” captures the essence of this desire to be something truly amazing and inspiring. It teaches the
audience members not only to follow their life goals but to reflect on what they do in order to achieve them. “The show speaks to anyone who has ever wanted anything, or had a dream,” said senior theater major Calvin Atkinson, who plays Larry. “It’s what people do. We fight for want we want, and when we really want something, we fight even harder.” “A Chorus Line” runs through March 31. Tickets may be purchased at the box office in Tomlinson Theater or templetheaters.ticketleap.com Matt Flocco can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Top) Diana, played by junior theater major Eileen Aurelia, stands “on the line” with the other performers. (Far Right) Sheila, played by senior theater major Chelsea West, and the cast stand “on the line.” (Near right) The ensemble performs the opening number “I Hope I Get It.”
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The Snails JENELLE JANCI The Temple News
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The Snails thrive off a reggae influence, and is comprised of three Temple students.
They say not to judge a book by its cover, and the same should be said for musicians– even if it is a bunch of white kids playing reggae music. The Snails, a reggae-ska punk band, is gaining momen-
PAGE 13 tum in the Philadelphia music scene, regardless of what the band recognizes as an unusual appearance for their respective genre. Bassist Devon Greider, rhythm guitarist Tim Hildebrand and drummer Josh Parry are all Temple students. Guitarist and lead vocalist Todd Fausnacht attends West Chester University and organist Kyle Williams attends Harrisburg Community College. The members met in high school in Lancaster, Pa. With the drastic lineup change, after adding Hildebrand, Parry and Williams, came a new musical direction. Reggae became much more prevalent in the band’s sound. Touches of old soul and classic Motown also emerged, and the band mentioned Sam Cooke and the Temptations as notable inspirations. Since then, the Snails have not only become prominent in the Philadelphia house-show scene but have held their own at bigger Philly venues, such as World Café Live, Union Transfer and the Trocadero. They’ve toured in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Last week East Room Recording introduced their “Live From the East Room” series with a 15-minute live performance by the Snails. Within five days of going viral, the video accumulated more than 1,500 views. The folks behind East Room Recording have ties close to Main Campus too, and four people who worked on the video are Temple students. The band’s upcoming releases include a four-song, 7-inch vinyl under the label Stubborn Records from New Brunswick, N.J. The band is also recording for an anticipated 10-inch vinyl with the Heavy Beat. And although their music suggests otherwise, rhe Snails don’t plan on being beach bums this summer. Rather, the band is currently contacting agents and promoters to open for a larger touring band. If they do, it won’t be for the first time – they toured with classic Jamaican artist King Django as his backing band last summer. The Snails will play at the Trash Bar in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 23 and World Cafe Live in Wilmington, Del. on March 24. The Temple News: Do people ever cock their heads when you explain what type of music you play? Tim Hildebrand: There was a guy in New Haven, Conn. that had dreads all the way down his back and had a really thick Jamaican accent. We
were talking to him at 7-Eleven and he asked what type of music we play, and we said reggae music and he just kind of laughed. There’s even this band in Lancaster that hates us solely because we’re not black and we play reggae music. TTN: Do you think that might sometimes work to your advantage? TH: I mean, we get this a lot. People see us, and we’re young white kids and they think, “This isn’t gonna be good.” And then we play, and it’s a reoccurring thing where people are like, “That wasn’t what we were expecting at all.” It’s also really hard to say if we’re reggae or ska, because of all the different sounds that define reggae or ska. TTN: You have a pretty impressive list of played venues. Do you have a personal preference? TH: Personally, my favorite venue is Union Transfer over on Spring Garden Street. The sound is awesome, everyone is so nice. We’ve played shows where we walk in with a water bottle, like a Nalgene bottle, and they’ll kick us out and say, “You can’t have outside drinks!” And we’re like, “We’re in the band, we’re thirsty.” The bouncers are really nice, and we get a really nice dressing room with a Wii. We’ve played there twice and they are really cool. Josh Parry: There’s this place we play in Scranton a lot at the Vintage Theatre, and for whatever reason people in Scranton really like us. Regardless of how the rest of the show goes, we always enjoy playing our set for people who enjoy watching us. Devon Greider: There’s something about a college basement show that’s just completely awesome. It’s completely different playing a venue like Union Transfer than playing a basement that’s completely out of control. TTN: For people who haven’t been to a house show before, why is that scene something worth checking out? TH: It’s fun as s–––. It’s cheap, first of all, and there’re usually a lot of bands and they all generally have a lot of talent. It’s kind of cool because you’re supporting the local music scene. It’s never really some big band, its small local ones. It’s really fun– there’re no rules. At some venues they’ll cut you off. They’ll say, “You have one minute” and you’ll go over two minutes and they’ll hate you for life. But at a house show, you can drink a beer while you’re playing if you want. Jenelle Janci can be reached at email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
Warm weather calls Columnist advocates for fresh wardrobe against gay bar stigma GREEN SPACE
always designates items with a certain color tag to be on sale, so buyer’s remorse is not an issue. If you’ve got an afternoon to kill, immerse yourself in what can only be described as your grandma’s attic times 10: Philly AIDS Thrift. The 710 S. Fifth St. location is so packed with dirt-cheap goods that you will likely be overwhelmed. Thankfully, its website emphasizes “Aimless browsing is strongly encouraged.” For straight-from-the-mall secondhand finds, Buffalo Exchange at 1713 Chestnut St. is your best bet. Thanks to recent renovations, the store’s square footage has massively expanded along with the clothing selection. Prices are not crazy low – expect $10 and up for most items – but everything is in nearly new condition. For those of you looking to refresh your wardrobe with new duds, look for garments crafted from sustainable fabrics. SAVA’s collection of tailored women’s clothes made from organic cotton and non-toxic dyes are way more haute than hippie. Check out the shop at 1700 Sansom St., which is located right next to the workshop where the majority of the merchandise is produced, for a sophisticated look to up your style from frat party to professional. Let’s get back to your crowded seasonally confused closet. You know, if you just wipe the dust off your DIY glasses, you’ll see an entirely new wardrobe residing on all those wire hangers. Transform extra large T-shirts normally relegated to bedtime attire into simple crop tops with one swift slice of the scissors. Revive a boring button-down blouse as a skirt by wearing it on your waist and tying the sleeves into a bow it the front. Sounds grungy, but Google it – it’s classy, I swear. And, as a final and official goodbye to the winter that never was, you can snip the legs of your pants for some sweet shorts to kick off spring. When you get the urge to hit the refresh button on your wardrobe, consider these options to decrease your environmental impact. If you find yourself incapable of walking around Rittenhouse Square without hitting up every store from Anthropologie to Zara, at least avoid the major environmental offenders like H&M, which was caught shredding unsold garments a couple years ago. And, of course, no matter where you shop, make sure to lug your loot in reusable bags.
“You will likely come across items whose existence may only seem explicable by drunk online shopping sprees.”
Marisa Steinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
hiladelphia’s GLBT community is blessed with a variety of friendly – read: outrageous – bars to choose from, especially in a state that might have a measly one or two other bars of the like in its remaining BRANDON BAKER cities. In fact, it seems Columnist Philadelphia shines as the bright beacon of Brandon Baker hope for gays isolated asserts that in the “Pennsyltucky” GLBT bars areas of the state where don’t match dive bars and machistheir stigmas in mo sports bars are society. m o r e likely to be encountered than bars with drag show extravaganzas and cosmopolitan drink specials. For a small-town gay, walking past the rainbow-colored street signs in the Gayborhood is like passing through New York Harbor and witnessing the Statue of Liberty. Rejoice, Philly gays: You are free to drink in peace. Yet I’ve noticed during my time in the city that there is a certain reaction to words like “iCandy” and “Voyeur” when going through the motions of a conversation with a straight person. From women, there is the standard uprising of joy as they consider that they can finally dance somewhere without being poked and prodded by curious, drunk male prospects on the dance floor. From men, however, I get the apprehensive reaction of an eyebrow raise and an awkward half smile. Is there supposed to be something extraordinarily tawdry about gay bars that I’m missing, or is that just another made-up stigma attached because of the “gay” placed before the “bar”? A long-ago faded part of me partially understands why the perception of gay bars can be a bit daunting. When I was a newly out teen curious about gay bars, I imagined a scene straight out of “Queer As Folk.” That is, a sinful, rowdy gathering of a city’s most attractive and energetic gays looking to get laid. The idea appeared both terrifying and titillating – but mostly titillating. Imagine my surprise when I arrived in PhilaQ CHAT
et’s face it: Winter isn’t happening this year. I’m having a tough time dealing with the regret of bringing my pea coat, snow boots and other chilly weather accessories from home only to sit idly in my MARISA STEINBERG closet, taking up valuColumnist able real estate. Real estate that could have Marisa Steinberg been happily occupied offers advice to by, say, more shoes. clean out your However this is closet the green no time to dwell on way. lost closet space. Consumers should focus on reducing their consumption of new goods, which puts a strain on our resources. Wardrobes can be refreshed through more ecofriendly means, instead. Temperatures have been exceeding 60 degrees, the squirrels along Liacouras Walk are back to begging for, well, stealing food full-time and was that the Mister Softee truck I heard rolling by Beury Beach the other day? It’s spring and it’s time to shove your UGG boots aside for some fresh, eco-friendly fashions. While rummaging through your closet and plastic storage bins, you will likely come across items whose existence may only seem explicable by drunk online shopping sprees. Don’t throw those neon floral patterned tights away. Instead, mass text every fashionable friend in your contacts and organize a clothes swap. Ask everyone to bring the clothes they would rather abandon on the lint-covered floors of a Johnson and Hardwick laundry room, and then get a barter system going. Trade a couple “witty” graphic tees that have lost their edge for a perfectly worn-in pair of denim shorts. If no one finds anything of interest, head to the nearest clothing drop box or consignment shop. You’ll be getting a head start on spring-cleaning your wardrobe and maybe even make a bit of cash in the process. If your friends’ hand-me-downs don’t satisfy your sartorial needs this spring, try some local thrift stores. Walk a little past Mugshots on Cecil B. Moore Avenue to University Thrift Shop, located at 1723 Cecil B. Moore Ave. This is not your uppity hipster thrift shop that charges $20 for an oversized T-shirt with a wolf illustration on it. University Thrift crams its racks with vintage deals for men and women. I once found a pair of seemingly new Chuck Taylor low-tops hanging out in a $1 bin alongside a vintage leopard print dress that I’m pretty sure Forever21 was trying to sell for about $30-plus. Hit up the Salvation Army at 21st and Market streets for two floors of shoes, accessories and clothes arranged by color. The shop almost
delphia and observed that the reality wasn’t quite as extravagant as the fantasy. Not that I haven’t witnessed gay paradise in the bar scene, but I recall my first gay bar visit to be one that was rather underwhelming. Not because it was a bad experience, but because it felt markedly normal. I didn’t see any go-go dancers, the bartender had a shirt on, and the men standing next to me waiting for a drink were middle-aged and dressed age-appropriately. “What the hell kind of gay bar Wonderland is this?” I remember thinking. Curiously, it is not even so much that I wanted a “traditional” gay bar experience, I had just conceived a notion of what to expect at any and every bar packed with gay men and women. Maybe it was a small town prejudice, or maybe there really is a certain universal reputation attached to gay bars that just isn’t true. There are certain aspects of the imaginary gay bar that, of course, do ring true. If you’re there by yourself, sitting on a bar stool cruising down every passing person, you’re probably looking to get it in. But then again, the same could be said of any bar, regardless of sexual orientation. I may never understand the reasoning behind the exact logic of the heterosexual community in finding gay bars to be strictly effeminate places of promiscuity, but I would hope that heterosexual men in particular would at least experiment with going to a gay bar before giving me the uncomfortable eyebrow raise upon mentioning one in conversation. Regardless of the stigmas and the sometimes crude reputation, there remains something blissful about the gay bar experience that, in a way, could be likened to the thriving social scenes of the Harlem Renaissance. I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, claiming gay bars are providers of art in the same transformative way Harlem was, but there is a certain cultural experience to be had that can be enjoyed by all people. Harlem became known for attracting diverse crowds, after all. Perhaps the GLBT community just needs its own version of Harlem to communicate that much-needed message of all-inclusiveness, and perhaps one day Philadelphia’s Gayborhood can and will be that cultural center.
“From men, however, I get the apprehensive reaction of an eyebrow raise and an awkward half smile.”
Brandon Baker can be reached at email@example.com.
Hunting for hotties off-campus WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
ntil t o d a y,
March 20, I had previously not been able to legally go to bars to pick up a strapping young lad. That’s right, ALEXIS SACHDEV folks, I went to Columnist bars underage. Ahem, I meant Alexis Sachdev to say that toscopes out day’s my 21st unconventional birthday. But as spots to locate I write this apyour next lover. proaching the big two-one, and after contributing to The Temple News’ Bar Guide, I can’t say I’m necessarily looking forward to the new hunting grounds I’ll gain admittance to. Something about meeting “Mr. Right” or “Mr. Right Now” in a dimly lit, overcrowded big-kid frat party leaves a sour taste in my mouth. One that can’t, mind you, be washed away with another drink. The myth of successfully picking up someone at a bar is just that: a myth. The odds of some stranger coming home with you after you’ve been bankrolling their bar tab all night are slim. The bartender will announce last call, and once the bar starts spilling out, you’re more likely than not going home alone. And, should you get lucky, the odds are against you again: Most people report those interactions don’t go further than a one-night stand. After all, the journalism biz doesn’t supply enough funds to support a lush lifestyle of frequent nights out in Northern Liberties, especially the games at Barcade, or cabs to and from. Disillusioned with the bar scene and lacking a furry friend to parade around Beury Beach to pick up the Internet’s next Cute Boy with Pets sensation, I’ve been left wondering where to go. If you’re like
me, here are some suggestions for some unconventional spots to scope out your next cutie.
Being so close to Lancaster County, Philadelphia boasts a large array of farmers’ markets to choose from throughout the city. Guys: Shopping for some organic asparagus is a great time to invite her over for a home-cooked meal and some, um, dessert. Whether its good or not, we probably won’t care. We’ll be more impressed by your effort. Unlike going out to a restaurant, cooking at home gives both of you a better opportunity to talk and allows for cute photo-ops after the expected food fight.
If you’re a Mac, head down to the Apple store at 1607 Walnut St. The store – and most locations nearby – are constantly crowded, so the odds are already in your favor. Besides, when your Macbook goes on the fritz, it’s always nice to have a gadget guru nearby to calm your frantic screams. If you’re waiting for your appointment with the Genius Bar, strike up a conversation with a nearby shopper. Several locations offer workshops on iMovie, Garageband, podcasts or basic introductions to Mac products. Check with your local store to see which workshops are available and sign up. But don’t forget about those sales associates. A little appreciation for the cutie working on your computer can go a long way.
True, the last thing you’re thinking about while squeezed between hundreds of people on the Broad Street Line is macking on one of them. But if you’re a commuter or just frequent rider, chances are you’ve started recognizing some of your fellow riders. Next time you step on the Broad Street
Line, leave your leisure reading in your bag, put away Draw Something and sit near your prey. A simple and coy, “Hey, weren’t you in my Mosaics class?” should do the trick to get the ball rolling. Next thing you know, you’ll be walking arm-in-arm down Broad Street. It’s as easy as riding the bus. Who knows, if all goes well, you can submit your love story next February. Each year for Valentine’s Day, SEPTA holds the “Moving Love Stories Contest,” where people who found love while commuting can submit their stories and enter for a chance to win. At the end of the day, there are eligible bachelors and bachelorettes everywhere. What matters more than the location, however, is the courage to strike up that initial conversation and lower your inhibitions. One day about a year ago, walking from class to the newsroom, I was approached on the street by a friendly stranger. After I lowered my guard, I agreed to go on a date with him, and you know what? It was a great afternoon. Alexis Sachdev can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
Party promotion business gains popularity CNO PAGE 7
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(Left to right) Campus Night Out founders Antonio Crudele, Tim McBrien, Devon Gorson and Craig Thom work for the party planning and promotion company founded last year.. “We really like to get out there and find the new talent and we like to sponsor them,” Thom said. CNO remains a close business partner with Ground Up, sponsoring the band’s new tour
“The Get Up.” Last week, CNO members sold $10 tickets in the Student Center atrium for Ground Up’s mixtape release concert at the Theater of the Living Arts on March 24. Before February, when
the CNO website was first launched, most of the event outreach was accountable to social networking including Facebook and Twitter. With CNO’s newly developed, comprehensive website, which took about six
months to develop, Thom said he hopes it will become the focal point that, “gives you a very accurate analysis of the events that will be pertained to our specific demographic.” Within three weeks of the
website launch, Thom said the CNO website had more than 5,000 page views. “We’re getting a great response, people are actually coming on and checking it out,” Thom said. “Average time on the site is like five minutes. That’s enough to go through the whole site.” People who are interested in promoting an event to the college demographic may submit their idea directly onto the CNO website, and after it’s reviewed, the event will be placed in the “around campus” section. If an event is received that CNO members believe should be highlighted, they will place it in the “what’s the move” tab. “You want to know what’s going on, you want to know where everybody is,” Langton said. “Our main mission statement is that we don’t just promote every event, we promote the most exciting ones, the most fun ones.” Thom wants CNO to gain a large web following, in which students use the website to see what is happening around Philadelphia, ultimately pushing traffic to the sites where the events are occurring. “Once we have that web presence, we’re going to use our hub to push traffic to mon-
etize that, and also host our own events,” Thom said. Having a strong web following will contribute greatly to CNO’s sole-coordinated events, like one Thom has planned for April 5 at Whisper Club, 1712 Walnut St., featuring DJ NouveauBeats from Holland. Still setting the framework down for the company, CNO has not been making enough money to sustain wages for employees. But, Thom is currently creating a business plan with other CNO affiliates to get investors, and is entering CNO in Temple’s 2012 Be Your Own Boss Bowl, which has a grand prize worth approximately $115,000 in cash, Microsoft products and professional services. “Campus Night Out is like my child, I’m seeing it grow in front of my own eyes,” Thom said. “The reason that I know that Campus Night Out is really starting to flourish is because I know a lot of people that [doubted] in the beginning are starting to hold their tongues.” Lauren Hertzler can be reached at email@example.com.
Men march in heels against sexual violence WALK PAGE 7 and trails the exterior of campus. HEART and its collaborators have held shoe drives and opened donation boxes to collect shoes for the walkers. On March 13, Temple College Democrats, Queer Student Union and FMLA collaborated to host a screening of 2011 documentary “Miss Representation.” The goal of the screening was to enlighten attendees of the media’s portrayal of women and to raise shoe contributions for the Walk a Mile event. Holly Genovese, the events coordinator for TCD, said “Miss Representation” focuses on the media portrayal of women in the U.S and how that translates into fewer women in positions of power. “FMLA wanted to do something for Walk a Mile so [they] had allocated the rights for the film,” Genovese said. She added that the message of the film and the implications of Walk a Mile aligned with TCD’s beliefs, so they chose to host the event with FMLA. Schaffer said that the shoes the “Miss Representation” screening collected, added to the donations and other shoe drives held throughout campus, should provide enough shoes for at least 100 walkers. Chestnut stressed that one of their main goals for Walk a Mile, in addition to raising awareness, is to encourage victims of sexual assault to report their attacks. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, approximately 60 percent of sexual assaults are not reported to the authorities. Chestnut attributes this statistic to several factors, which includes a sense of guilt and shame, possible social repercussions or an unwillingness
to repeatedly retell the incident to authorities. “We can’t echo enough the value of reporting,” Chestnut said. “It holds people accountable for behavior. Serial rapists or serial people who perform sexual assault don’t modify behavior without there being higher levels of consequences. If we only chose to share our story so that somebody else never had a story to tell…that’s really valuable.” The hope, Chestnut and Schaffer said, is to make Walk a Mile an annual collaboration to continue raising awareness. “It’s a really wonderful collaboration,” Schaffer said. “And not to a degree that doesn’t occur often or anything, but to a degree that we in our work here don’t often have the opportunity and the passion and drive from so many people across the university.” “It’s just so amazing how many people have come out and, from the get-go, really expressed their personal and professional drive to have something like this occur on our campus and really shared stakeholders all the way, and shared resources and shared opportunities and word of mouth,” she added. Registration is still open for walkers and for sponsors to pledge support and donate shoes. For more information about the Walk A Mile event on Main Campus, visit its website available through the Division of Student Affairs. Alexis Sachdev can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
Alumna wins Canon Imagin8ion contest Brooke Shaden, 2008 alumna, snapped the winning photograph to represent “Time,” one of eight themes in a film as part of Canon’s contest. KARA SAVIDGE Arts & Entertainment Editor
wo girls run through a highgrass field in long dresses, in what appears to be a hazy early morning light or sunset. One’s carrying a lantern, they’re both looking behind themselves curiously. Director Ron Howard said the image perfectly embodies the concept of time. The image, created and captured by 2008 alumnus Brooke Shaden, was chosen to inspire the concept of “time,” – one of eight theme’s in Howard’s new short film, “When You Find Me.” The eight images were chosen and the subsequent film was created as part of the Canon Project Imagin8ion contest. The winners were announced last August, and the movie premiered in November. “I noticed the contest was about combining photography and filmmaking, my two passions, so I thought it’d be fun to see if the cinematic quality to my images would show through to judges,” Shaden said.
Evidently they did, and the feel of the photo isn’t incidental. When Shaden came to Temple in 1995, she had her sights set on and received a degree in filmmaking. After graduating, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the field. She spent a year as a receptionist for a production company and then as a legal assistant at Paramount Pictures, but quit the entertainment industry to become an artist and photographer full-time. “I decided to try my hand at photography and sort of fell in love with it right away,” Shaden said. “I had a filmmaking background, which made the jump into photography really easy.” She said that the process of filmmaking was a better fit given the way she likes to work. “The end product is not any more satisfying, but I definitely prefer to work alone rather than with groups of people,” Shaden said. “There’s one concept then it’s all finished and out in the open in a matter of days rather than years.” Taking photography from a hobby to a full-time gig, Shaden said her
career quickly picked up speed, but she was adamant about avoiding commercial or freelance photography. She waited until she had enough money saved to launch a strictly fine arts career. “I figured that I have an interest in photography and just want to create the ideas in my head, so if I’m going to go for it [I should do so] as fully as I could and not look back,” Shaden said. Since then, she’s been actively teaching photography workshops and said she hopes to do more in the future, especially for large-scale classes at conventions. She’s releasing a book next year, and currently has an exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. She added that she hopes to do a little bit of experimental filmmaking in the future. Her 350-photo portfolio includes many images possessing other wordly qualities, and Shaden said that aspect of her shooting has always been “really personal” to her. “I’ve always been creative in a way. For a little I thought I’d be a writer, then filmmaking, then finally
photography, but all along the way I was inspired by anything dark, surreal and whimsical,” Shaden said. “That came largely from within, no outside inspiration, that’s just where my imagination takes me.” And though her relocations to Philadelphia and then Los Angeles may suggest otherwise, Shaden said she prefers the countryside to city life, and many of the photos in her portfolio include natural surroundings. The Lancaster, Pa., native now lives about an hour north of L.A. and said that her Central Pennsylvania roots have affected her style. “I think being from a small town, a small place where you find nature everywhere you look, has hugely inspired my photography – I’m always trying to shoot natural locations instead of an urban landscape,” Shaden said. She felt the photo was fitting for the concept of time because of both the timeless quality of the clothes and the setting, which could be interpreted as dawn or dusk. The foggy scene was constructed by Shaden’s friend running out in front of the camera for
one shot, Shaden doing the same in another shot, and then the two images being composited together. She submitted the photo in the spring of last year, and was notified that she won last July. Since the film premiered, she’s returned to her hometown for a screening as well as others in New York and L.A. While the chosen photographers didn’t have a hand in crafting the movie, she said that Howard spoke with them individually about their photos. He told Shaden that he was drawn to her image because it “required almost no work on his part,” and “already looked like a movie image.” “They did a good job incorporating every photo into the mix, and they very literally created every photo as a moving image – that was really neat, and I felt really happy with how they used mine,” Shaden said. Kara Savidge can be reached at email@example.com.
“All along the way I was inspired by anything dark, surreal and whimsical. That came largely from within, no outside inspiration, that’s just where my imagination takes me.” Brooke Shaden / 1998 alumna
Courtesy Brooke Shaden
Brooke Shaden, 2008 alumna, snapped this photo, which won the Canon Imagin8ion contest under the “Time” theme.
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
A non-revenue look at
The Temple News provides insight into a selection of Temple’s non-revenue sports teams’ reactions to the news that they’d be joining the Big East conference to compete, effective the 2013-14 season. Temple will be joining for football starting in the 2012 season.
The move to the Big East Conference is a highly anticipated one by the women’s soccer team mainly because of the opportunity the conference provides on the national level. “Last season we were in a two-bid conference in the A-10 to now a five-bid conference in the Big East where national champions have come out of in the last five seasons,” coach Matt Gwilliam said. “We think moving to a new conference will get a different kind of kid to start wanting to play here.” The transition though won’t be an easy one due to the deeper schedule and the amount of travel the team will now have to do.
Men’s soccer coach Dave MacWilliams didn’t hold back when asked about Temple’s move to the Big East conference. “It’s a big move for us and we’re excited about it,” MacWilliams said. “The Big East is one of the top conferences in collegiate soccer. It’s going to be a challenge, but we’re looking forward it.” MacWilliams’ squad is coming off of a 2011 campaign in which the Owls went 9-10 and suffered a seasonending first round loss to La Salle in the Atlantic Ten Con-
The move to the Big East couldn’t come soon enough for field hockey coach Amanda Janney. As the news of Temple’s move to the conference in all sports by 2013 was taking form earlier this month, Janney found herself signing eight players to Owls for this upcoming season. “It’s big for the future of the program,” Janney said. “Getting into a bigger conference like the Big East helps for recruiting.” The move by Temple in all Olympic sports brings more than better recruiting to non-revenue sports, it brings a higher level of competition. “I think we can still compete with a lot of the teams,
“There will be challenges, the weekends where you’re flying constantly and those can prove to be long trips that can wear on the body, we’ll have to get used to that,” Gwilliam said. Last season the team finished 13th in the A-10 with a 2-6-1 conference mark and a 5-12-1 overall record. -Anthony Bellino
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Women’s soccer loses five seniors to graduation this year.
LACROSSE The women’s lacrosse is set to make the move from the Atlantic Ten Conference to the Big East in 2013. Despite the transition, coach Bonnie Rosen said that nothing will change in the team’s approach. A new conference means new opponents, and that’s about it. “It doesn’t change anything,” Rosen said. “We don’t care what conference we’re in, we’re looking to be the
ference tournament. Moving up to a power conference may help the Owls draw in more talent in the long run. “We’ve already seen improvement in our recruiting,” MacWilliams said. “For kids looking to play collegiate soccer at a high level, we’re going to be at that higher level and hopefully we can draw more interest from here on out.” -Drew Parent
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Men’s soccer signed three players for its 2016 class.
BASEBALL best.” Although Rosen is reluctant to look too far in the future, she said she’ll be more than happy to accept any benefits that might come with the switch. “If the Big East is a more nationally known conference to other people, that’s always great,” she said. “If it’s good for Temple, it’s good for us.” -Mark McHugh
First-year coach Ryan Wheeler said he is looking forward to the baseball team’s move to the Big East for the 2013 season. “This is very exciting news for our program,” Wheeler said. “We will be joining a better baseball conference with better competition.” “I am very happy with the players that we have now, but joining the Big East can only improve our recruitwing
opportunities,” Wheeler added. “It will not make it any easier to recruit, but we have a chance at getting a little different caliber of player.” This season the team is 8-10 overall and its roster features nine freshman and seven sophomores. “We are ready for the challenges that lie ahead,” Wheeler said. -John Murrow
As the Owls prepare to enter the Big East volleyball scene for the first time in school history, coach Bakeer Ganes said he plans on leading his team into familiar territory. Ganes served as the assistant coach for West Virginia University, who at the time was in the Big East. While he won’t be coaching against his former team, he still has a feel for the conference. “It’s definitely more physical,”
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Freshman infielder Nick Lustrino bats .311.
Ganes said. “The athletes in the Big East are just bigger, stronger and more athletic. They are all teams who can compete at the highest level.” The Big East sent three teams to the NCAA championship in 2011, all of which made it to the second round. The Atlantic Ten Conference’s only representative, Dayton, was eliminated during first-round play. Ganes cited that the move into the conference will attract more recruits. While he said he recruits Big
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Field hockey welcomes eight freshmen next year.
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Sophomore Jaymie Tabor has 11 points.
with some tough match ups such as Connecticut and Louisville,” Janney said. These new tougher teams make the stakes higher, with the winner of the Big East getting an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Louisville, a perennial final four contender in the tournament is a great example of the new, tough task to come for the Owls. “These teams, such as Louisville...some of the greatest facilities in the nation,” Janney said. “A lot of little things that add up and make a different for us.”
East talent already, the name recognition of the bigger conference could play a decisive role. “I know [Ganes] is already so excited,” sophomore Gabriella Matautia said. “Just the fact that he is so excited just spreads to us. It will definitely help with recruiting and bring a lot more attention to our athletic program.” -Ibrahim Jacobs
A move to the Big East Conference and an opportunity to remove the Mid-Major label is something that has softball head coach Joe DiPietro excited. “We’re thrilled about it,” DiPietro said. “We’re not a Mid-Major anymore obviously and the Big East is going to be a challenge but it’s a challenge we look forward to.” The Big East will provide tough competition with nationally-ranked Louisville,
South Florida and Villanova. “It will definitely be a step up for us,” DiPierto said. “They have some really good teams at the top of the conference but we’re excited.” The Owls have faced off with two of their future in-conference opponents this year, losing to Georgetown 4-0 and beating St. John’s 2-1 in the Citrus Classic. -Brandon Stoneburg
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Sophomore middleblocker Emily Frazer started 27 matches last season and will be expected to bring experience to the new conference.
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Women’s basketball works for redemption ADAMS PAGE 20 15. “But again, you just have to that what we’re doing on our adjust and adapt. I ask my play- off days are productive, and not ers to do it all the time, to adjust getting a lot of wear and tear,” and adapt to situations, so as a Cardoza said following the Harcoach you have to do the same vard game. “We’ve been plaything.” ing [our starters] a lot of minThe WNIT poses challeng- utes so we’ve got to make sure es for the players and especially we’re keeping them rested.” the coaches. The location, date Cardoza is without senior and time of each game isn’t de- center Joelle Connelly, and termined until the round before freshman guard Tyonna Wilit ends, meaning teams have two liams didn’t suit up against the to three days to prepare for the Crimson on Saturday, March next matchup. 17, because she forgot her uniAnd games aren’t hosted form. Connelly’s absence espeat neutral sites or at the home cially leaves the Owls with a team’s court. It’s all dependent short bench. on which school offers to host “She just needs to focus the game first, if at all. Temple on her school work, and makdecided to host ing sure she’s the opening round handling her game against business in the Quinnipiac and classroom,” the second round Cardoza said of match if HarConnelly after vard beat Hofstra, beating Quinwhich they did. nipiac. For the playCardoza ers, the tournahas to find ment can take a a way to get toll physically, as her freshthey could play men guards – three games in less Monaye Merthan a week. ritt, Williams “It’s a little and Rateska challenging,” seTonya Cardoza / coach Brown – exnior guard Shey tra minutes to Peddy, said after the 64-59 win spell seniors BJ Williams, Krisagainst Harvard on Saturday, ten McCarthy and Peddy. She March 17. “But we just have to called her decisions on who’s buckle down and step it up.” likely to sub in first a “crapFor Peddy, who’s averag- shoot.” ing 22.5 points in the last two “We just pay attention to games, it’s even more challeng- what’s going on in practice ing as she’s battling a broken and basically what happens the nose that she suffered in the couple of days leading up to the Owls’ Atlantic Ten Conference game, that’s basically who we Tournament quarterfinal victory go with,” Cardoza said after the against Duquesne. Harvard game. For the coaches it means usBut the biggest challenge ing different game plans to rest facing this team may be recovtheir players and not overwork- ering from the disappointment ing the team during practice. of not making the big dance for “We just decided to work the first time in nine years. on our zone [against QuinniAfter being one of the fapiac] ‘cause we know that down vorites to win the conference the stretch we’re probably go- before the season the Owls were ing to need to, instead of resting upset by Dayton in the A-10 people on the bench, you can semifinals. The Flyers went on rest them in the zone,” Cardoza to win the conference and earn a said after the Quinnipiac game. No. 11 seed in the NCAA tour“We have to make sure nament.
“We have to make sure that what we’re doing on our off days are productive, and not getting a lot of wear and tear.”
“This is where we’re supposed to be,” Cardoza said Thursday. “We’re just hoping that we can get ourselves in a position to try to win it all.” “We’re not on the committee,” she added. “Obviously, if we were on the committee we would have selected ourselves and gave ourselves a really good seed. But we’re not and you live with it.” The seniors appeared visibly disappointed on the night of the NCAA tournament Selection Show when Temple was left out of the Big Dance. They earned the WNIT appearance, after failing to win the A-10 and earn one more NCAA tournament bid in their final year. Junior forward Victoria Macaulay was also hit hard by the missed opportunity, as she had a chance to win the Dayton game in the final seconds but missed a layup. Even though the team has stated far more went wrong in the game than that shot, Macaulay is determined to avenge the missed shot. She’s averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the first two games of the WNIT. “The past two games, it’s just like we have to win it,” Macaulay said Saturday. “We have to win this whole thing to prove to the NCAA that they should’ve picked us. That one game, or that one layup, shouldn’t determine whether we made the NCAA [tournament].” And that’s where this team’s mindset is: to win at all costs and prove to the committee that they should have made the big dance by walking away with a WNIT title. “Now there’s an opportunity to win this championship,” Cardoza said. Jake Adams can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Senior guard BJ Williams goes up for a shot against La Salle.
BIG EAST BOUND Women’s basketball coach Tonya Cardoza called Temple’s move to the Big East “bittersweet.” “I’ve enjoyed my time in [the Atlantic Ten Conference] and there’s been really great coaches and friendships that I’ve been able to make,” Cardoza said. Cardoza hasn’t won an A-10 title in her four years leading the Owls.
“It’s our last go-around [next year] so if we don’t win a championship, personally I’m going to be disappointed,” she said. The move also pits Cardoza against her old boss, Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma. “I’m not excited,” she said. “The last time I faced him they beat us by like 50-something, so I’m not excited about facing him.” -Jake Adams
expand our lead, and we didn’t get that done,” Dunphy said. “I don’t think it was anything special that South Florida does. They just do a great job of keeping you in front and battling all the time, and we didn’t respond like we needed to.” South Florida did it with its defense in the first half, while shooting 11.1 percent from the field and tying a season-low 15 points, which the Bulls previously scored on Feb. 4 against Georgetown. The Bulls improved their shooting to start the second half, going 10-for-13 from the field during a 22-6 run, which gave them their largest lead at 39-25 at the 12-minute mark. The momentum swung in favor of the Bulls and they held onto win and advance to the third round. Offensive woes dismissed the Owls’ chances to defeat its long and athletic opponent. Fernandez went 0-for2 with a point recorded from the free throw line, Moore finished with five points and Eric posted seven points. Junior guard Khalif Wyatt had a team-high 19 points. As the season ended, Moore took the time to reflect on his career at Temple. “It’s been great,” Moore said. “This man to my right [Dunphy] I got give a lot of credit. He’s believed in me the whole five years here. I’d like to thank Temple University to play here. It’s been great.” “It still hasn’t hit me yet that this is my final game, but I’ve learned a lot. I love my teammates, and I’m going to miss these guys,” Moore added. Connor Showalter can be reached at email@example.com.
Owls’ seniors were no match for USF defense CRANNEY PAGE 20 teers couldn’t find an answer for Owls trailed by as much as six redshirt-senior guard Ramone before battling back to win, 90Moore, who scored 30 points in 88. a game in which Temple led by Coach Fran Dunphy said as much as 23. after the UMass game that he The Owls were rewarded hopes that his team is one that with a No. 22 ranking in both finds a way to win, but the truth the AP and ESPN/USA Today is that these games shouldn’t Coaches Polls nine days after have been that close to begin the Xavier win, the first time with. they were ranked After blowing in the Top 25 all out Fordham, 80season. 60, to clinch the Under the A-10 regular seamicroscope of nason title, Temple tional attention, gave itself a chance Temple just flat to get back into the out didn’t play as right mindset bewell as it had in fore the A-10 tourthe previous 10 nament. Instead, games. the top-seeded The Owls esOwls took whatcaped with an 80ever momentum 79 overtime win at they had heading La Salle in the first Fran Dunphy / coach into the postseason game following and spoiled it in a their Top 25 ranking to increase bad 77-71 loss to No. 8 UMass their winning streak to 11, but in their first game of the tournaonly after they squandered a ment. seven-point lead with less than Moore, who was a favortwo minutes left in regulation. ite to win the A-10 Player of Three days later at St. Jo- the Year award mid-February, seph’s, Temple blew an oppor- didn’t seem to have the same tunity to win the Big 5 outright. kind of killer instinct down the Instead, the Owls lost to the stretch as he did towards the Hawks, 82-72, and shared the middle of the season. Big-5 title with St. Joe’s, the Moore scored 20 points or same team they blew out, 78-60, more six times and averaged at home on Jan. 28 during their 19.8 points per game while 11-game winning streak. leading the A-10 in scoring durAgainst Massachusetts on ing the Owls’ 11-game winning Feb. 29, Temple squandered streak. He failed to reach the another lead late, this time a 20-point mark at any point dur10-point advantage with two ing Temple’s last eight games, minutes remaining, to send the averaging 12.6 points per game game into overtime, where the and losing the spot as the A-10’s
“It’s an unbelievably abrupt ending for these kids. The finality of it all is staggering.”
top scorer to St. Bonaventure senior forward Andrew Nicholson, who went on to win A-10 Player of the Year. Moore turned the ball over six times in Temple’s loss to UMass in the A-10 tournament and shot 2-for-10 for only five points against USF in the Owls’ loss in the NCAA tournament, his last game at Temple. Temple’s seniors as a whole did not have a good showing
in their final game on Friday, March 16. Senior guard Juan Fernandez took just two shots and scored only point against the Bulls, while graduate center Micheal Eric scored seven points in 36 minutes. Fernandez and Moore, the same two players who scored 23 points each in Temple’s win against Penn State in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, couldn’t do anything
offensively against USF. Overall, the three seniors, combined to shoot 5-for-18 from the floor in the loss to the Bulls, combining for just 13 points. “It’s an unbelievably abrupt ending for these kids,” Dunphy said after the loss. “It’s a right of passage for a senior to take a step back and now it’s all over and what do you do? The finality of it all is staggering.” While Moore and Fernan-
dez had unquestionably great careers, and very good senior seasons, as always, players will be remembered for how they finish their careers. For these seniors, their careers ended in shocking disappointment. Joey Cranney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Junior forward Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson reaches for the ball in the Owls’ loss to USF. He had 10 points and nine rebounds.
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Seniors disappoint in season’s conclusion Insane in the Joe Crane
The Owls’ seniors didn’t show up for their final game.
on Feb. 26 and Feb. 28, 2009, respectively. In the first half, the Owls held an 11-point lead at 19-8 with about six minutes remaining, which was its largest lead of the game. But Temple failed to score another point in the half and South Florida went on a 7-0 run, cutting its deficit to 19-15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As the horn sounded on South Florida’s 58-44 win against the men’s basketball team in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday, March 16, Temple fans could only sit back and wonder, “What happened?” There was a time this season when it looked like this Temple team could go as far into the NCAA tournament as any had in the past. On Feb. 20, Temple was hot off a 10-game winning streak in which it was outscoring opponents by 13.9 points per game on average. Temple’s full potential was put on display in an 85-72 thrashing of Xavier at home on Feb. 11. The Muske-
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Redshirt-senior guard Ramone Moore led the Owls to the NCAA tournament as the No. 5 seed, but Temple lost in its opening game in the second round.
The Owls lost in the second round to the South Florida Bulls. CONNOR SHOWALTER Sports Editor NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For guards, redshirt-senior Ramone Moore and Juan Fernandez,
Owls await WNIT Sweet 16 opponent Double Dribble
Women’s basketball defeats Harvard and Quinnipiac in WNIT. The women’s basketball team has reached the NCAA tournament in each of the previous eight years. But when the tournament committee didn’t call Temple’s name on March 12 during the Women’s NCAA tournament Selection Show, things got a whole lot different for the Owls, and coach Tonya Cardoza. Cardoza is in uncharted territory coaching the team in her first Women’s National Invitational tournament appearance since she was hired four years ago. In her 14 years as an assistant at Connecticut and her first three at Temple, Cardoza never once coached a WNIT game. “It’s different,” Cardoza said after the Owls’ opening round, 75-60, victory against Quinnipiac on Thursday, March
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and graduate center Micheal Eric, the team’s early exit in the NCAA Tournament signaled the end of their playing days at Temple. “We just didn’t come out and do our job, and we got to put it on ourselves and too bad,” Moore said. “I can’t do anything about it now. It’s the end of my career. Just want these guys to
learn from this experience and do better next year.” The No. 5 Temple Owls fell to the No. 12 South Florida Bulls, 58-44, in the second round of the Midwest Region of the NCAA tournament on Friday, March 16 after posting its lowest tournament point total since its 65-43 second round loss in 1986.
The postseason appearance marked the Owls’ fourth-consecutive year the team earned a bid for the tournament. With the loss, Temple falls to 32-30 alltime in the tournament and 1-5 under coach Fran Dunphy. It also marked the first time the program suffered back-toback losses since consecutive defeats to La Salle and Dayton
Pierce prepares for NFL Draft at Pro Day Temple hosted a Pro Day for seniors to display skills before the NFL Draft. COLIN TANSITS The Temple News Bernard Pierce has been working for this chance since he graduated high school. “It’s a dream come true, I’ve always wanted to play in the [National Football League],” Pierce said. “Now it’s just a waiting game and anxiety takes over.” Getting the opportunity to play in the NFL hasn’t always been a sure thing for the Ardmore, Pa. native. In his sophomore year in high school at Lower Merion, Pierce got into an altercation that landed him at Glen Mills School for troubled youth. “Six years ago I wasn’t even thinking about college,” Pierce said. Pierce needed to grow up, and that’s exactly what he did. As he began to find success at Temple, Pierce again began to drift from his dream of being in the NFL. “My sophomore year, with all the Heisman hype, every-
thing really got to me,” Pierce said. “I kind of imploded and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all.” For Pierce, his junior year turned everything around. He stopped going out, started caring more about academics and readjusted his focus on his dream. This renewed focus was enforced by the presence of coach Steve Addazio, Pierce said. “[Addazio] made me the player I am today,” Pierce said. As Pierce finished his junior season, he decided it was time to move on to the next level, to fulfill his dream. In 2011, the threetime first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honoree became the program’s all-time Bernard Pierce / leader in rushrunning back ing touchdowns (53), total touchdowns (54) and points scored (324). Moving on wouldn’t exactly be easy though, with obstacles such as the NFL Combine and the draft. But this time Pierce said he was ready for these obstacles. Pierce began a serious training regiment to prepare himself for NFL scouts to measure his talents at the 2012 NFL Combine and at Temple’s Pro Day on Friday, March 16.
“My sophomore year, with all the Heisman hype, everything really got to me.”
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Former Temple running back Bernard Pierce sprints in the 40-yard time trial, as part of the Temple football’s Pro Timing Day on Friday, March 16 at Edberg-Olson Hall. “I’m on this field every day, even Saturdays doing speed work and working out five times a week,” Pierce said. The product of his efforts was a 40-yard dash time under 4.4 seconds. As the draft approaches, Pierce becomes one step closer to his dream. With that dream comes a set of different challenges. One major challenge, Addazio believes, could be
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made a lot less difficult if Pierce stayed for his senior season. “[Pierce] is a young guy, he came out early and still needs to develop some maturity on the field,” Addazio said. Things such as leadership, drive and an overall better knowledge for the game are pieces that come together and build an athlete’s on field maturity. As the NFL Draft ap-
proaches, Pierce comes one step closer to his dream. That step also brings more obstacles to test the resiliency of the running back. With his history of overcoming adversity, Pierce is now looking at his biggest challenge yet: the NFL. Colin Tansits can be reached at email@example.com.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEXT WEEK The women’s basketball team will look to continue its run in the WNIT with a TBD Sweet Sixteen matchup this week.
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Here’s The Temple News’ take on Philly’s vibrant drinking culture. Check out some of our favorite watering holes and some other members of the drinking scene, and find out why in Philly, your pint glass can always be seen as half full.
Home Sweet Homebrew serves as a Center City homebrewing mecca, with the supplies needed for every step of the process. in terms of imports at the time on the market was often stale,” Hummel said. “So people interested in different kinds of beer would often end up making it.” Today, while many craft brands and s Philadelphians have tapped imports beyond mainstream staples flow into the craft-brew scene in freely through the city, Hummel said the last decade, the popularity there’s still a place for homebrewing, beof homebrewing has grown, yond acting as the sole source of quality too. For those looking to get acclimated to beer. the process or perfect their brews, Home “Now, it’s more of an Sweet Homebrew aspect of appreciation of at 20th and Sansom beer rather than being drivstreets is a one-stopen by a lack of product,” shop. Hummel said. “Just because “[Homebrewing] I brew my own beer doesn’t has a lot of benefits, mean every drop I consume and it’s also a part of is something that another the way people like to homebrewer makes, belive,” store co-owner cause I like good beer and George Hummel said. that’s what brought me here BUSINESS BREWING in the first place – it’s great Hummel and his that it’s out there now.” wife, Nancy Rigberg, Home Sweet HomeGeorge Hummel / bought the store in co-owner, home sweet brew has supplies for every homebrew step of the process, both the early ‘90s. “People make equipment and ingredients, their own breads, from barley to bottle. It also their own foods from stocks some wine-making scratch, and if you’re products, and both beverliving that aspect in other areas of your life ages come in prepackaged kits for novices. it kind of comes right into play,” Hummel Hummel said customers come from a said. fair mix of expertise levels – from “people The shop opened in 1986 and Hum- with grocery lists,” to first-timers looking mel said that a lack of good beer available for boxed kits, to people looking to build on the market at the time was the catalyst their own recipe based on the parameters for the homebrewing trend in the mid-‘80s. of what they like to drink. “People would travel and taste the Hummel is happy to explain and disburgeoning craft brew scene on the West Coast, in Europe, and what you could find HOMEBREW PAGE B3
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“Just because I brew my own beer doesn’t mean every drop I consume is something another homebrewer makes.”
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Home Sweet Homebrew covers the basis of all supplies needed for homebrewing. The store opened in Center City in 1986.
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The Fishtown Beer Runners conclude weekly runs at local bars or members’ houses to test the re-hydration powers of beer. JENINE PILLA The Temple News Spring is here, and as the ground thaws many are dusting off their running shoes, which have sat untouched as hopeful New Year’s resolutions remain unfulfilled. For those looking for some motivation, the Fishtown Beer Runners might have found the incentive that will have people rekindling their workout routines. Every Thursday at 7 p.m., the group can be seen stretching and setting their watches at 2346 E. Susquehanna Ave. in preparation for a run to a designated tavern or runner’s house where cold craft beers await their arrival. Founders David April and Eric Fielder said Fishtown Beer Runners was established in December 2007. April said he began running in October 2007 and considered himself a “beer guy” long before he was an active runner. “Beer running combines two seemingly mutually exclusive activities, and mixing the two brings out the strengths of each,” April said. “Drinking a beer after a long run is simply amazing as your palette is overwhelmed by flavor.” April said that prior to the group’s inception, he and Fielder had come across an interesting research study conducted by Manuel J. Castillo-Garzon, M.D., at the University of Granada. The study compared 660 milliliters of beer and water to test the liquids’ re-hydration effects. It was found drinking a beer after a run might have its benefits. Fishtown Beer Runners’ mission is to, “combine responsible running with responsible drinking
in the interest of science.” Every level of runner and beer enthusiast is welcomed with open arms and sweaty foreheads. The runs are mapped out into several routes varying from one mile to five miles to accommodate every runner, walker and the occasional canine companion. After conquering the twists and turns of the Philadelphia streets, the runners reach their destination – a local tavern that serves up an array of beers ranging from pale ales to porters and IPAs to pilsners. April said that craft beers work best for re-hydration. But no matter what the beer of choice is, the runners try to always consume good, quality beer. Palettes vary from runner to runner, so trying new beers is always encouraged. Runner Mallory Bernstein said she prefers a wheat beer because they are “refreshing and go down easily, especially after a hot run.” April said it is very common for the trip to the tavern to turn into an “impromptu beer tasting,” as everyone is eager to try what’s available. But he added that the Fishtown Beer Runners are “not beer snobs, just a friendly group of people sharing common interests.” Although the group has an underlying quest in the name of science, it also provides a safe running environment and motivation to stick with exercising. In April’s opinion, “consistency is the key to running,” and the Fishtown Beer Runners help bring an array of people together to keep it interesting. “The beer part is more of a social component and a hook that
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The Fishtown Beer Runners near their post-run drinking destination, Kelliann’s Bar and Grill. attracts folks who share a love of running and like enjoying a beer or two,” April said. “They enjoy the community and the encouragement that the group offers which is why people come back and why the group is growing – this creates more consistent runners.” Bernstein, a veteran to the running game, has been a beer runner for three years and said she still finds each week as exciting as the last. As the group gains more membership, she said she looks forward to the new faces she will encounters every Thursday, which has paid off in the past considering she met her husband at her first run with the group. “It’s great because everyone there already has running and beer in common so friendships form pret-
ty easily,” Bernstein said. The beer runners’ crowd has expanded in size from its original two members to its current 50 to 70 runners. This crowd can also increase business for local bars during slow Thursday nights. April said the runners feel that it is extremely important to support local establishments, and the group is often referred to as an instant “stimulus package.” “We are young, urban professionals that enjoy quality beer and have money to spend on it,” April said. During the years, the beer runners have become a household name both throughout the neighborhood and around the city, and April said many local bars jump at the oppor-
tunity to host their gatherings. The runners’ sweaty presence and dry mouths have frequented the Plough and the Stars – a spacious Irish bar on Second and Chestnut streets. Marion Ryder, the bar’s owner, said she enjoys when the group runs through, and provides the team with drink specials and a large menu of draft and bottled beers. “They are a great group of people,” Ryder said. “They provide a great atmosphere and great spirits.” Although Ryder said she doesn’t fully comprehend the scientific aspect of the group, she is fully aware of the pleasure of the beerloving, running enthusiasts. Jenine Pilla can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philadelphia brewpubs, including Dock Street Brewing, provide a place for microwbreweries to serve and sell their beverages.
organic farm and makes most of its ingredients in-house. Dock Street offers a diverse and eclectic atmosphere filled with music, art and people of all walks of life. “On any given night, it’s not a college bar, it’s not The Philadelphia craft-brewing industry has grown an alternative people bar, it’s not a family bar, it’s not a leaps and bounds in the last two decades, and Rosemarie singles bar, it’s not a couples’ bar – it’s all of the above,” Certo has been a part of it every step of the way. Certo said. “And that’s what I really Certo has seen her company, love.” Dock Street Brewing, grow from The brewery features a 10-barrel a small homebrewing operation to brewing system, four fermenters and six one of Philadelphia’s finest brewlagering tanks, ensuring that customers pubs. have a wide range of rotating brews “Our mission was to elevate to choose from. The only beer offered the status of beer in the U.S.,” said year-round is the bar’s most popular Certo, who has been involved with beer, a Rye IPA. Dock Street since she and a partner “We brew it about once a week and began home brewing in the ‘80s. can barely keep up with it,” said MariIn 1985, Certo and her partner lyn Candeloro, head of marketing and opened Dock Street selling exclupublicity at Dock Street. sively cases of beer. By 1990 they The bar’s winter standard is the opened a $2.5 million brewpub and Man Full of Trouble Porter. restaurant at 18th and Cherry streets Although Certo has noticed the in Center City. With no prior busimassive rise in craft beer and has no ness experience, Certo credits a nadoubts it is vastly more mainstream ïve notion and passion for her work Rosemarie Certo / than in Dock Street’s early days, she to getting the brewery up and runowner, dock street brewing said she still sees room for expansion, ning. noting that craft beer only makes up ap“If it weren’t for naiveté, we proximately 5 percent of the U.S. beer would have never started,” Certo market, as opposed to imports, which said. “We had no clue how to run a make up about 13 percent. business [and] had never done that “It’s been a steady, steady rise in before, and somehow what carried consumption of craft beers, but it’s still us through was such a real passion not enough,” Certo said. and believing in what it was that we Dock Street has many events to were doing.” keep Certo busy, including a scholarDock Street was sold in 1999. Then, Certo bought ship fundraiser for the Cedar Park Neighbors, weekly the company back in 2002 and brought it to its current movie nights on Tuesdays and perhaps its biggest event, location on 50th Street in West Philadelphia. Certo said an outdoor concert during Philly Beer Week in June. that the location is perfect for the brand. “This neighborhood really reflects the philosophy Kyle Noone can be reached at email@example.com. that gave birth to craft beers...a big buy-local, buyregional movement – buy quality instead of quantity,” Certo said. The buy-local movement spreads past the bar itself and into the kitchen, which uses a 100 percent woodburning oven. Dock Street also gets its beef from a local
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Dock Street Brewery is based in West Philadelphia. The brewpub opened in 1985.
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Temple alumn Mary Grace Hodge now works as a brewery representative for local favorite Flying Fish Brewery.
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Alumna Mary Grace Hodge stands in front of a sign for Flying Fish Brewery. city – and loving it. “It was an epiphany,” she said. “Everything about it – it just became what I was meant “I love Shock Top – definitely one of my to do in my life.” Hodge said she loved interacting with peofavorite beers,” said Frank Michaels, a student ple, being knowledgeable about the industry sitting at the bar Bob and Barbara’s on South and was thirsty for more. Her thesis turned into Street. The woman sitting next to him turned a question of why people went to beer events, and made a face. and she conducted multiple studies at differ“I drank sh––y beers in college, too,” she ent bars throughout the city. Some events were said. large, some were small. Some people treated “I mean, I like Blue Moon, too,” said Miit like a wine tasting, others just wanted to get chaels, as he tried to defend himself. intoxicated. “I’Il stand by my original statement,” the All came for different reasons, but it was at woman continued with a sarcastic smile. the smaller events where she found those who Mary Grace Hodge, a 29-year-old brewery were passionate about learning about different representative at Flying Fish Brewery, is used types of craft beers. Then, she said she realized to giving advice to undergraduate students. that beer was very much like any other field Not your average beer connoisseur, she is that develops a fan base. somewhat of a Jedi Master, with expertise in “For me, beer and music are identical,” multiple areas, always looking for ways to be Hodge said. “You are always curious to try out the mentor. a new band: What do they sound like? Where “My plan may have not made sense to anyare they from? Are they independent or a little one else,” Hodge said, recalling her late high more mainstream? It’s the same thing with a school and college years. “But it made sense brewery.” to me.” When it came time for graduation and Today, she serves as a brewery represenwrapping up her final semester tative for Cherry Hill, N.J.of school in Spring 2011, she based Flying Fish brewery, sat down and had a conversawhere she said her job is tion with an undergraduate “all about brand and relastudent she had frequently adtionship maintenance.” vised as an undergraduate RA. “I want to ensure that As it turned out, the student’s our brand is being promoted mother sat on the board at the well, which includes particPainted Bridge with Flying ipating in and the planning Fish Brewery. of events, both large scale She met the girl’s mothand small,” Hodge said. er, and now spends her days But while she is curtraveling throughout Eastern rently fulfilling her passion Pennsylvania, visiting bars, working in Philadelphia’s restaurants and distributors beer industry, Hodge took that either carry the Flymany sidesteps on the way ing Fish brand or potentially there. could. Raised as a “true “Building relationships southern girl” in Alabama with both accounts and the to a Presbyterian minister public are what helps grow the and teacher, Hodge said she brand,” Hodge said. was raised in a religious In this same past year, she household. Mary Grace Hodge / started dating her boyfriend brewery representative, While she said she is flying fish brewery Bob, whom she said she had proud of her heritage and been pursuing on and off ever upbringing, she needed a since she came to Temple. change when it came to She said with a smile that she looking at schools. This could not be happier. brought her to Drexel University, where she “We each have our own passions,” she studied marketing and minored in German. Far laughs as he drinks his PBR as she sips a craft from Texas, she took her open mind and open beer. “He knows the music, I know the beer.” heart to the dormitories. As the music blares over the juke box at “I met as many people as possible,” she Bob and Barbara’s, Hodge glances happily at said. “I was used to southern hospitality, so I the bar around her. Her spirit and work embodjust naturally tried to be friendly with everyies what the beer industry has done for society. one.” More than a simple medium for getting drunk, It was after graduating from Drexel that it is a way to bring people together from all Hodge said she began to find herself. After walks of life. working through a Fulbright scholarship to Hodge’s work is about so much more than teach English in Germany, she moved back just selling beer and event planning. It is about to Philadelphia and began her graduate work offering bits of advice to those that are passionat Temple in 2009 in tourism and hospitality ate and eager to open their ears. management. She reminds students not to worry too In addition to her coursework, Hodge was much about where life will take them. hired as the graduate extern for student activi“I respect peoples’ passions a lot more now ties. This essentially meant being a resident asthat I have found my own, and I can say it with sistant with different student organizations. conviction: Follow your passion,” Hoge said. Hodge said she felt at home both in the Of“You never know where you’ll end up. Stuff fice of Student Activities and in the hospitalcomes full circle. This is not where I planned to ity industry. It was at Temple where she began be, but I’m sure happy I ended up here.” her work in event planning, and discovered her
MATTHEW FLOCCO The Temple News
“For me, beer and music are identical. You are always curious to try out a new band: What do they sound like? Where are they from? Are they independent or a little more mainstream? It’s the same thing with a brewery.”
true life’s passion. It started in her applied research class, where she decided to write a paper on craft beer. The paper “focused on the increase in popularity of craft beer in Philadelphia as it connects to something more local and authentic,” Hodge said. She took her southern hospitality into the city once again, this time to the bar scene. She ended up landing an internship with the Beer Lass – a blog that covers food and beer in the
HOMEBREW PAGE B1 cuss the process with everyone because in addition to the products they sell, homebrewing guidance comes free. And both he and Rigberg are certainly the people to talk to on the subject – their credentials span further than the strand of ribbons won from years of competitive brewing that hangs in their shop. In 2009, Hummel’s recipe won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Although he said he no longer aggressively enters competitions, both his and Rigberg’s role as educators have been confirmed more formally. Their writings have appeared in publications including “Beer Philadelphia” and “Mid-Atlantic Brewing News,” and they’ve frequently spoken publicly on the subject. They received the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award in 2008. Hummel has taught beermaking classes at Temple and Drexel. Past clients include now-established microwbreweries, both local and national, including Victory, Flying Fish, Yards and West Coast establishments like Taps in Brea, Calif. Hummel asserts that the opportunity to pass on his guru-like knowledge and interact with customers both plays into and is a result of the way the business operates. His knowledge, and eagerness and ability to share it is aptly a reflection of the delicacy behind the homebrewing process itself. “One thing we’ve really liked over the years is that we’ve kept it intimate,” Hummel said. “When people come in to talk, Nancy or I are usually here. Anybody can get the same products we sell, and other than keeping prices fair and competitive, there’s really nothing else we can sell but the skill and expertise we try to back our products with.”
A number of new fads regarding alcohol emerge in every generation whether it’s bootlegging, the rise of 40-ounces, or the sudden popularity of Four Lokos, however, this generation has discovered that the benefits of homebrewing can also include saving money and avoiding the frustrations of being underage. Thanks to directions fed through books, the Internet and easily purchased beer-brewing supplies, many students have taken to brewing in their own homes instead of paying high prices for a small amount of beer. Others, though, decide to self-brew for different reasons. “I started when I was 16 and I couldn’t buy it,” said Jake Daly, a 21-year-old junior business major. “It’s easier than you think,” he added as he sipped his own selfbrewed Jalapeño lager. “About the same as baking a cake.”
Daly has been brewing since high school and started off with simple beers before moving up to more creatively flavored ones including his aforementioned Jalapeño lager. “I do it in my kitchen and it takes about six weeks to finish it,” Daly said. “From the pot to the fermenter about six hours, from the fermenter to the bottle about four weeks, then the bottle to the mouth about two.” Junior biology major Gabe Bartlett also acknowledged the simplicity of the process. “I do it in my basement and in my opinion, the longest part is waiting for it to carbonate,” Bartlett said. “It sucks sitting there watching it in bottles, but not being able to drink it.” Bartlett only began brewing about a year ago, but unlike Daly, he did not start doing it because of young age. “I really didn’t start until after I turned 21 and my friend taught me,” Bartlett said. “I was just tired of spending $10 on a good six pack when I could just brew a bunch on my own.” Daly said he’s purchased supplies at Home Sweet Homebrew in the past, as well as the online store Midwest Brewing Supplies. He spoke highly of his experiences at Home Sweet Homebrew. “They help you figure out to make everything and how to do so cheaply,” Bartlett said. “That was the first place my friends told me to check out when I started brewing and they were real helpful.” Both Bartlett and Daly mentioned brewing attempts turned failed experiments, and Daly spoke to the importance of keeping brewing equipment clean. “It really all depends on if you follow the recipe right, because you could mess up one thing and ruin the entire batch of beer you’re brewing,” Bartlett said. Daly said that he’s still a fan of other microwbreweries’ creations, especially strong IPAs, which he dubbed “a lot better than mine.” They both said that when the process goes smoothly it couldn’t be more satisfying. “It’s really cool to drink something you made and better when you have a party and everyone’s drinking your beer,” Daly said. “There’s nothing like sitting in a room with your friends and having them comment on how good your stuff is – it’s the best feeling,” Bartlett said. Alexsia Brown and Kara Savidge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CHRIS MONTGOMERY TTN
Junior business major Jake Daly stands in his home. Daly recently brewed his own Jalepeño lager.
THE BAR GUIDE
TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2012
You’ll find more than nuts and pretzels on the bar at these places.
LARA TAYLOR STRAYER TTN
(Left) The Abbaye’s hummus platter comes with pita, feta, arugala, olives and roasted red peppers. Good Dog Bar sits in Center City. The Devil’s Alley bar is on the second floor.
THE ABBAYE 637 N. 3RD ST.
GOOD DOG 224 S. 15TH ST.
DEVIL’S ALLEY 1907 CHESTNUT ST.
Don’t let the name scare you off, the Abbaye – pronounced “Abbey”– at 637 N. 3rd St. in Northern Liberties serves up some banging bar fare. You won’t find bowls of peanuts dirtied by bar-goers’ unwashed hands or wimpy burgers dripping in grease, though. The Abbaye’s chefs offer the typical bar favorites with gourmet flair, and everything is made in-house. Its chalkboard features daily specials, such as mako shark loin with collard greens and lentils, the shrimp po boy and vegan wings. For the burger lovers out there, the Abbaye offers a buildyour-own option for $10. Eaters can choose from gruyere, asiago, provolone, cheddar or bleu cheese and a slew of other toppings including avocado, caramelized onions and sautéed spinach. Additional toppings cost 50 cents, and all burgers come with a side of homemade fries. For vegetarians or vegans, the Abbaye offers seitan cheesesteaks, veggie burgers, a hummus plate and several daily specials, as well. Unlike most gastropubs in Northern Liberties, the Abbaye allows for an intimate dining experience so you don’t have to scream for your dining partner to repeat every word over the blasting sound system, too. But don’t let that scare you away. Fun drunk times are still to be had, especially with a draft list featuring Yards, Anchor, Victory and an array of U.S. and international wines.
Nothing in this world hits the spot quite like a juicy, gooey cheeseburger. But even among God’s gift to gluttons, there are winners and losers. If your night of drunken debacles ends at a McDonald’s, we pity you, especially with a joint like Good Dog so close. On 15th Street between Walnut and Locust streets, Good Dog has the full package: good food, good drinks and good times. The gastrodive offers beef, veggie and salmon burgers starting at $11, with toppings such as caramelized onions, cheese and applewood smoked bacon. All burgers at Good Dog are served with homemade regular and sweet potato fries and an aioli sauce. Henry Thoreau was right: Simplicity really is the way to go. Good Dog takes out all the bells and whistles and brings eaters back to basics with these delicious options of literally epic proportions. Good Dog’s bar also offers an array of craft and mainstream beers, including Philadelphia Brewing Co., Sly Fox, Flying Fish and Magic Hat. Not convinced yet? Take Guy Fieri’s word for it. The silver-haired food aficionado sampled Good Dog’s truffled cheesesteak empanadas back in November 2010 for the 10th season of “Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives.”
Though without candlelight it might be difficult to see the food on your plate, rest assured that whatever finds its way from plate to mouth at Devil’s Alley will be delicious. With a restaurant downstairs and extensive seating on the second floor around the bar, this place serves up some devilishly good appetizers. Fried green tomatoes come lightly breaded, sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese and topped with chunky marinara. Pork sliders – though perhaps not their most inventive dish – come piled high with meat and soaked in a tangy barbeque sauce, and provide a meatier alternative to pretzels and peanuts. For those looking to test our claim – while the menu’s pretty affordable – pork sliders are normally $7.95, fried green tomatoes, $6.95 – happy hour is definitely the most wallet-friendly time to do so. Featured draft beers and wines are $3, and several appetizers are priced at $5 and under. When appetizers aren’t enough, though there’s a good chance they will be, check out the extensive list of sandwiches. The list includes classics like buffalo chicken and turkey B.L.Ts. Stop in on the weekends for their extensive brunch menu, and justify a chipotle bloody mary or “rise n shine” cocktail, Absolut rudy red, peach liquer, fruit juices and pomegranate juice, since it’s 12 a.m. somewhere. In nicer weather, the front of the building, lined with floor to ceiling windows, is opened up. This, as well as some limited outdoor seating and the Chestnut Street Center City location makes it a prime people watching spot – or, gives passerby the opportunity to gawk at diners’ plates as they dig into some seriously good bar food.
As the weather warms, seek out the best mixes of triple sec, limes and tequila that the city has to offer.
MEGHAN WHITE The Temple News The impending warmer weather signals a change around Philadelphia, as people on Main Campus and elsewhere around the city become friendlier. It also means that it’s more appropriate to try out all of the places in Philadelphia to slurp down margaritas. Margaritas can normally be a bit pricey, however many restaurants and bars discount their drinks during happy hour. While not a complete guide to margarita happy hours in Philadelphia, this is a good starting point to find delicious and inexpensive margaritas in the city.
148 SOUTH ST. MONDAY-FRIDAY: 4 P.M. - 7 P.M. $5 MARGARITAS
Las Bugambilias is not a typical South Street bar. In fact, despite having a small bar near the entrance, Las Bugambilias is much more a restaurant than anything else. Too small to gather with a large group of friends, this place is definitely better for a happy hour with a few people or even a nice place for a date. The décor makes it cozy and server was fantastic and attentive without being overbearing. But the margarita is the real selling point – the perfect combination of tequila, lime and triple sec. Not only do they taste fantastic, but they’re also definitely some of the
stronger happy hour margaritas that can be found in Philadelphia.
EL CAMINO REAL
1040 N. 2ND ST. MONDAY-FRIDAY: 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. $14 FOR FRUIT-OF-THE-DAY PITCHERS
El Camino Real is a great place in Northern Liberties. In addition to traditional margaritas they generally offer two fruit-of-the-day options. Inside is nice, though many of their booths have bench seating, which can get uncomfortable. But the best thing El Camino has going for it is the outdoor seating when the weather gets nicer. On a warm day, it is easy to settle down at a picnic table outside with a few friends and a few pitchers. Most of these tables also offer perfect opportunities for peoplewatching on Second Street, and the arrangement allows for some gawking at the fancy meals consumed at the restaurant across the walkway. There are also all- you-can-eat chips and salsa for a mere $1 per person, and their chips are hard to beat.
CANTINA DOS SEGUNDOS
931 N. 2ND ST. MONDAY-FRIDAY 4 P.M. - 6 P.M. $15 PITCHERS
Cantina Dos Segundos is the Northern Liberties sister restaurant to Cantina Los Caballitos in South Philadelphia. They offer a whopping 10 flavors in addition to their traditional margarita, and they’re all available on the rocks, up and frozen. Needless to say
it is likely that there will be something there to please everyone. The blood orange margarita is a favorite, and during happy hour almost every table seems to have a pitcher of it. There is some outdoor seating, but be sure to arrive early if interested, as there’s sometimes a long wait.
263 S. 15TH ST. MONDAY-FRIDAY 5 P.M. - 7 P.M. $15 PITCHERS
Jose Pistolas is a small restaurant in an old, narrow building on 15th Street in Center City. It may be easy to miss while walking down the street, but the location is convenient to access from the Broad Street Line–just keep looking up for the bull skull sign. Jose Pistolas has two floors, each with its own bar and both floors tend to be dark. Come happy hour and into the evening it can get mighty loud in there, so it definitely is not a place for intimate conversations, unless you like shouting across the table. As a warning, the television on the first floor is generally playing FEARnet, which could be a perk for anyone who is into horror though some in your party may choose to face away from the gore while drinking or eating. Meghan White can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. DAVID BLOCK TTN
El Camino Real is one of many Philly bars that offers special deals on margaritas during happy hour.