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Storied campus takes new role Despite decreasing budgets and enrollment, officials say Ambler still has its place at Temple. SEAN CARLIN Assistant News Editor


riving up North Broad Street, Temple is pretty hard to miss. The shops of Avenue North, the majesty of Conwell Hall and the towering Johnson and Hardwick residence halls give an indication of the university’s place. While Main Campus harbors the hustle and bustle feel of an urban university, Ambler Campus offers a starkly different experience to its students. In what the Director of the Ambler Arboretum Jenny Rose Carey refers to as a “hidden gem,” Ambler sneaks up on the average visitor. No big flags, no signs of a huge marketing campaign, just a small cherry-andwhite sign on East Butler Pike showing that the campus is near. Ambler may not have the feel of the urban university that’s situated in North Philadelphia,

but it holds its own with a rich 100-plus-year-old history that stems from its roots in horticulture. And while Ambler’s budget has shrunk and enrollment has decreased in recent years, its administrators maintain that the campus holds relevance in ways that Main Campus does not.


Ambler was not always the subsidiary to Main Campus that it is today. Founded in 1911 as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, the Ambler Campus was conceived out of a trip to England by Germantown native and Quaker, Jane Bowne Haines, said Ambler alumna Mary Anne Blair Fry. “She went to England and found out that they had colleges or schools for women to learn the trade of horticulture and perhaps go into business for themselves and be their own boss,” Fry, a 1958 graduate,


Ambler Campus provides Temple students with a much different scene than North Philadelphia. However, the last residence hall closed in 2010. Without a residential population, the campus is catering toward adult and commuter students.


No commercial plans for bird design The winning design of the Bird’s Eye View contest may not see widespread use. LAURA DETTER The Temple News


Molly Denisevicz’s design won a contest aimed at stopping birds from flying into buildings. However, the university does not currently have plans to commercialize the design.

OPINION INEFFECTIVE FORM, p.5 Alex Olivier argues that student feedback forms are ineffective because students don’t take them seriously, and neither do faculty.

A&E SKATE SPACES, p.9 The Franklin’s Paine Park is finally near completion, and the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund is proposing more parks in other communities.

SPORTS SPRING BALL, p.20 The football team completed its spring season with its annual Cherry and White game at the Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, April 14.

“I looked to where birds feel safe in urban spaces...and I related that to music.”

The Temple News looks ahead to the challenges that come with the Big East. BRIAN DZENIS Editor-in-Chief Temple returns to the Big East after an unceremonious exit from the conference in 2004 and while the university stands to reap the benefits from moving into a Bowl Championship Series Conference, there are still a myriad of issues to be resolved to ensure this go-around is more successful than last time. “I think [getting in the Big East is] a wonderful opportunity for Temple, it’s great for the student body and it’s great for Temple as far as promoting its name and image on a larger

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scale,” said George Moore, the senior vice president of university council and secretary to the board of trustees who served in negotiating Temple’s agreement to enter the Big East. “It’s also a big responsibility, we have to do it right this time, I mean we really do, and everyone understands that so I think we’ll be in a position to do it right and make it successful.” “It’s not as if all the problems, issues, concerns and challenges go away, it’s difficult, intercollegiate athletics is difficult to keep at an appropriate level with the appropriate amount of resources and for everything to work right,” Moore added. The Temple News spoke with with Moore, Chief Financial Officer Anthony Wagner and Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw to understand what lies ahead for the university

in the Big East, apart from a change of conference opponents on the field.


Trustee Lewis Katz said at the March 7 Big East press conference that the move changes the university’s athletic budget by “800 percent,” but in reality, the changes won’t be that drastic. “In the near term, there’s not going to be much of a change,” Wagner said. “Our entry into the Big East is phased so with respect to the near term it’s only a fraction of what it’s going to be when it’s fully implemented.” An exact dollar figure for what will become of the university’s athletic budget and the subsidy to athletics has not been compiled yet. The Board of Trustees and university administration are still in the

The district attorney won’t file charges for videos alluding to a threat against Temple. BECKY KERNER The Temple News

process of sorting out how the increased expenses and revenues associated with entering the conference will play out, but some things can already be said with certainty. One of those is that the university’s athletic subsidy, which currently sits at $8,645,410, is slated to decrease with the added revenues. “One of the major reasons we went into the league is that the revenues have a great opportunity to relieve the subsidies for athletics, not entirely, but to reduce the subsidy,” Bradshaw said. “I would suspect that the net will have a dividend to the academic side of the house because those dollars that previously would have subsidized athletics will be available for other purposes,” Wagner add-

As the University of Pittsburgh grapples with a string of bomb threats, Temple has passed the April 10 date of what some believed to be a threat via a series of YouTube videos posted in February. Investigation into the videos, which some believed insinuated a bomb threat at the Bell Tower, led Temple Police and Philadelphia Police Central Detectives to track and find the student video creator at the Edge apartments on Feb. 22. However, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Charging Unit has decided no charges will be filed in the case. On Feb. 22, Temple Police identified the 21-year-old Temple student responsible for creating and posting three YouTube videos seemingly threatening the Bell Tower area. The final video was posted Feb. 16 and was the most overt, said Charles Leone, deputy director of Campus Safety Services. The video showed a cardboard box with ‘4/10/12’ written on it, last Tuesday’s date, and ended with the screen going black and sounds of an explosion. After investigating the incident last month, Temple Police determined there was no threat to the Temple community, Leone said. “We felt the student involved with the video was using it as a scare tactic crossing the line of creativity, [but] there was never a thought of danger,” he added.



Conference paired with concerns

LIVING COMMUTER CAMPUS, p.7 Though Ambler Campus is no longer a residential campus, its student involvement still thrives.

As a response to the approximate 1,000 bird deaths on Main Campus every year, the Birds’ Eye View competition hosted in Tyler School of Art, focused on raising awareness about the collisions and intended to produce designs that will alert birds as they fly closer to objects. However, the university does not currently have plans to mass produce the winning designs for use throughout Main Campus. “The primary goal was to raise awareness about this problem and to get the students thinking about what kind of design they would design for commercial use. So, I think it was twofold. It wasn’t really to say, ‘Oh, we are going to sell

it to a vendor,’” said Sandra “Now, nothing is in a comMcDade, the vice president of mercial application at this point operations in the office of sus- to put the student’s design on tainability. a film. There are companies In mid-February, sopho- that make these films and they more Molly know what our Denisevicz was students have named the windone. But, ner of the comright now, they petition, with have not cona design that nected,” Mcwas inspired Dade said. by power lines With the and the score spring migraof “The Cardition period, nal.” the university “I looked is currently to where birds testing both feel safe in urscreens Molly Denisevicz / the winner, bird’s eye view contest displayed on ban spaces and most times they Paley and the are on the power lines and I decals on the west side of Beurelated that to music,” Denise- ry Hall. vicz said. “It is now the spring miSince Denisevicz was gration season, so birds are named the winner, the univer- moving around and the library sity has displayed her design has been a traditional place along with other entries on the where birds crash into the wincorner of Paley Library, but dow. So, we are in an expericurrently has no further plans ment stage…We are still seeto utilize the designs McDade said. BIRDS PAGE 3

Video creator won’t be charged


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‘Recyclemania’ contest meets all but one goal Temple succeeded in some areas of the contest, but fell short in pounds recycled. LAURA DETTER The Temple News For eight weeks, the Office of Sustainability, University Housing and Residential Life and departments all across the university focused on using less and recycling more for the annual Recyclemania, a national recycling competition among universities and colleges. On Friday, April 13, the final results were released and the university met all but one of its goals. The university’s goals for the 2012 competition were to recycle 415,000 pounds of waste, place No. 1 in the Atlantic Ten Conference for most recyclables and place No. 1 among the A10 rivals for waste minimization. Temple placed atop the A10 division in both the most recyclables and waste minimization

categories. Temple fell short of its goal, but collected 403,097 pounds of recyclables. Vice President for Operations in the Office of Sustainability Kathleen Grady saw both the good and the bad in missing this goal. “We are actually not going to make that goal because we collected a little over 403,000 pounds, which is about what we did last year,” Grady said. “It could be good or it could be bad because we’ve also increased our recycling rate this year. But, the reason we may not have been able to make this 415,000 is because people may have been using less.” In the 2011 competition, Temple won the A10 waste minimization category with 37.44 pounds per capita, which is nearly a 10-pound drop from the 2011 number of 46.51 pounds per capita. “It is important for people to think about waste minimization and I t hink that it is the part that gets missed a lot in Recyclemania, but that is the part we are most interested in,” Grady

said. “So, if I can get people to use a reusable water bottle or bag, I think that will have a bigger impact because we won’t have the embodied energy that goes into creating the plastic bottles and transporting bottled water.” “So, when you think about waste minimization, you are actually thinking beyond just waste and recycling,” Grady added. “You are thinking about overall energy consumption because it takes energy to create these objects.” Assistant Director of University Housing and Residential Life James Poole gave a different reason as to why the university fell short of their goal. “A couple years ago, we started looking at, ‘Could the offices around the university do what is called a paper purge?’ So, in other words, you have all these files that have been sitting around for all these years and you could get rid of them. So, if you got rid of them two years ago and last year, you don’t have as much material to get rid of. It is a little bit artificial,”

Poole said. Campus and approximately Poole also contributed the 35,000 students enrolled in the transformation from paper doc- university as a whole, getting uments to digital forms as a rea- students to be cognizant about son why the university did not recycling is a goal of both the recycle as much as it would like. Office of Sustainability and Although Recyclemania is Poole. a recycling competition among “To be honest, recycling universities all across the coun- is very steady amongst the stutry, the Office dents…I think of Sustainabilthat there are ity along with some students other university that are aware departments of the activuse the comity and those are petition as an students that are opportunity to passionate about promote recysustainability cling. anyway,” Poole “It really said. “My amdoes give us bition is pretty good frameKathleen Grady / much to reach work to do an vice president for operations, out to the avoffice of sustainability erage awareness camstudent, paign around who will recycle recycling and a bottle or can, waste minimization, so it gives but won’t necessarily go out of us a specific target time that we their way.” can aggressively reach out to Freshman neuroscience the Temple Community,” Grady major Nathan Frankfort said he said. notices the lack of recycling by With more than 10,000 stu- some students in his residence dents living on or around Main hall and across Main Campus.

“It could be good or it could be bad because we’ve also increased our recycling rate this year.”

“I do see a lot of people using reusable water bottles, which I definitely think is made easier by the purified water station. I recycle at home, but the only reason I recycle here is because of the little blue bins, so if we didn’t have those I feel like no one is going to go out of their way,” Frankfort said. “Also, I have not recycled some bottles when their proper bins in the trash room are overflowing.” Although, Grady believes that the university is doing a good job recycling overall and is satisfied with the results of this year’s Recylcemania competition, she said raising awareness is a job in progress. “We don’t think it is good enough unless 100 percent of the people are participating,” she said. Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.

No longer residential, campus appeals to adults AMBLER PAGE 1 said. “Whereas, education in this country for girls was limited mostly to secretarial, teaching, nursing, that sort of thing. And she had a passion for agriculture and horticulture, so she came back and then started the school.” The school held its first graduation ceremony in 1915, with only three graduates, according to “A Century of Cultivation,” a book about the school written by Fry and Carey. While Fry admitted that the first few years of the school yielded only a few students, the school played a major role in society at the time. “The school really did a lot of different things. They had the Women’s Land Army during the first world war, they taught food growing and preservation to prevent the starvation that some of the European countries were having during the wars because food production was down,” Fry said. “And they taught the women to go out and encouraged them to have their own gardens and learn how to preserve because at that time preserving food was still a new process.” The school survived through both the Great Depression and World War II in what proved to be trying times for Ambler Campus. According to the book, under the direction of Louise Carter Bush-Brown, who became director of the school in 1924, the school survived while most men were in the war, leaving Bush-Brown to “teach almost all of the courses as well as milk the cows, tend to the chickens, and cultivate the gardens.” Even as the school struggled during the economic downturn of the 1930s and the war period of the 1940s, the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women survived under a name that it would soon shed.


While the school suffered during the wars, it fought through and grew, and in 1952 was admitted as a provisional member of the American Association of Junior Colleges, according to its website. The website reads that the school was given permission in 1957 by the Pennsylvania States Council on Education to change its name to Ambler Junior College.


Ambler Campus is beginning to target adult student populations. The “green” campus was once a residential campus. Officials said that the campus will continue its programs, despite decreasing budgets and enrollment. Soon after, in 1958, Temple invited Ambler Junior College to join its program. When it was accepted, the Board of Trustees changed its name to the Ambler Campus of Temple University. This merger created much opportunity for students at Ambler – including the fact that it made the school co-ed – but for agriculture majors such as Fry, it created a uncertain situation. After joining Temple, the university decided to discontinue the agriculture major. Fry became one of eight people in the history of Temple to graduate with a degree in agriculture. “There were eight of us that were in ‘Ag,’” Fry said. “We were granted diplomas in associate in science from Temple which technically was an associate in science and animal husbandry. So, it’s kind of unique.”


Ambler, along with the rest of Temple, has felt the pinch of tightening budgets and dwindling state appropriations in recent years. The operating budget of Ambler has dropped by approximately $420,000 in the past three fiscal years, according to William Parshall, executive director of Temple Ambler.

Parshall added that students at Ambler have felt the same kinds of effects as students on Main Campus because of state appropriation cuts. “Students have felt some of the same things that Main Campus has, the most obvious being tuition increases,” Parshall said. “One of the things that has happened and it’s impacted both the Center City Campus as well as Ambler Campus, has been schools and colleges are combining sections, offering fewer sections, raising class sizes a little bit and we’ve lost some sections at both Center City and Ambler at the undergraduate level. So, we’re looking for new academic programs that maybe reach a new audience out here.” Carey added that the campus has been doing more with less and does not always have to rely on its allotted money to fund its programs. “I think obviously the cuts have affected us in the same sort of way in that we are trying to do probably more with less money,” Carey said. “We are lucky in that a lot of the things that we actually do, like planting trees…that’s all money that’s coming from individual donations. So, a lot of the things

we do we try to get the money for and then if we get the money then we can [move forward].” On top of a tightened budget, Ambler’s enrollment has also suffered in recent years. Parshall said that enrollment has dropped by approximately 1,000 students during the past three years, with 3,156 students in Fall 2008 and 2,286 in Fall 2011. Ambler also closed the last of its residence halls in 2010. Parshall said that the buildings, built in 1965, were in bad shape and had heavy energy costs associated with them. When asked whether the halls would be brought back, Parshall said that if that situation were to occur, they would probably look to the private market for a solution. “If it [was] determined that we had a residential base and it was desirable to re-establish a residential population, it might be more along the model of what Temple has done on Main Campus with private developers that have built housing and students rent from them, like the Edge and University Village,” he said.


Faced with shrinking en-

rollment and a tight budget, Ambler has been forced to reevaluate is status as a suburban campus. “Ambler is making the transition from being a mixed residential, commuter campus, into an all commuter campus and the mix of students is changing,” Parshall said. “If you look at Ambler historically, it’s been younger traditionally, more young adult transfers from community colleges. In recent years, there have been more adults. The academic strategic plan is calling for Ambler to focus increasingly upon commuter students and adult students returning to school.” Parshall said that along with focusing on commuters and veterans, he expects to see more transfers from community colleges. Ambler is also increasingly establishing dual credit agreements with community colleges throughout the area. Even as the campus lost its residential status, the campus still maintains 30 student organizations Assistant Dean for Student Life Dr. Wanda Lewis-Campbell told The Temple News. And while marketing has

proved difficult for a campus in transition, it still offers aspects that make it appealing to many students. “We’re small, we’re intimate, and you’re a part of Temple and you have access to all that the university has to offer,” Lewis-Campbell said. “A research university is at your fingertips.” Sean Carlin can be reached at sean.carlin@temple.edu. *For more on the changing scene at Ambler, turn to Page 7.


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Trial set Some athletic changes still to be decided for film student BIG EAST PAGE 1


On the expenses side of the equation, it’s already known that athletics is expected to have to spend more for traveling and A student who said he that the university will be workwith a different scale for salwas arrested for taking ing aries, Moore said. There is still photos of police will some uncertainty with the nonrevenue sports as far as how go to trial in June. much has to be invested in them to meet the Big East’s standards. JOHN MORITZ “For example, the Big East The Temple News has requirements in so-called Ian Van Kuyk, the Temple non-revenue sports, for one or student arrested last month while two full time coaches in various taking pictures of Philadelphia sports or one or two part time Police officers, must wait longer coaches in various sports, so we to go to trial, after the district at- may have to increase our coachtorney did not present the police ing staffs for some of these report at his arraignment yester- sports to qualify for their standards and to bring things up to day, April 16. At the arraignment, which the level that the Big East comwas held at the Criminal Justice petes in and we have to look at Center in Center City, Van Kuyk that,” Moore said. “If we have testified that he had received his subpoena and his trial date was set for June 13. Robert Levant, Van Kuyk’s attorney, said after the arraignment that he must receive the Renovated homes official police report on the innear Main Campus cident in order to move forward with the case. now carry high real “It’s all on the commonestate values. wealth right now to turn the reports over…that’s what we need to prepare the case properly,” MARK STAVER Levant said. The Temple News A Philadelphia Police Department spokesperson declined With the inclusion of a to comment on the case, which new residence hall, library, and is being internally investigated. state-of-the-art research facilVan Kuyk is being charged ity, construction at Temple is on with obstructing justice and rethe rise. sisting arrest. The spike in construction Both Levant and Van Kuyk not only denotes an already inremain hopeful for the case’s creasing student population, but outcome. Van Kuyk argues that also a surging demand for offhis rights were violated when he campus housing. was arrested by police on March Patricia Anderson, a North 14 after taking pictures of offiPhiladelphia resident since cers that had pulled over a ve1973, said she is skeptical about hicle outside of his residence in construction due to the vast South Philadelphia. amount of students that follow. Both Van Kuyk and his “I, myself, along with many girlfriend, Meghan Feighan, other [North Philadelphia] resiwere confronted by officers who dents am skeptical, however we asked them to move away from don’t blame the students, but the scene. Van Kuyk said he disrather the institution itself,” Antanced himself from the scene, derson said. “They want to keep but was allegedly thrown to the expanding, which in turn means ground after he continued to take more students.” pictures. After Feighan picked As off-campus housing up the fallen camera, officers ardemands continue, property rested her, as well. management groups renovate The docket released by the older existing housing units Municipal Court of Philadelphia into more luxurious temporary County named Santos Higgins living quarters. as the arresting officer. Higgins According to the Philadeldid not appear at the arraignphia Office of Property Assessment. ment, Temple Nest apartments Van Kuyk was held for bought three properties on the nearly 24 hours and released on 1500 block of North 15th Street his own recognizance following in January 2011 and a fourth a preliminary arraignment on in June 2011 for a combined March 15. total of $13. The market value of those properties now totals John Moritz can be reached at more than $678,000. john.moritz@temple.edu. “The property developers

to plan on spending more money for those sports, then that’s what we have to do, we’ll have to put that into the equation,” Deciding on a solid spending plan was one of the major reasons why all of Temple’s sports will be entering Big East in 2013 instead of 2012. Another unresolved issue is whether certain nonrevenue sports will receive the full amount of scholarships and grants-in-aid allowed by the NCAA as a result of the increased revenues. Bradshaw said that athletics would explore the possibility of increased scholarships.

mittance into the Big East. “Last October, [President Ann Weaver Hart] had said that they wouldn’t object to Temple being in for football, but they didn’t feel that way for Temple in basketball and other sports,” Moore said. Moore declined to share specifics about the university’s interaction with Villanova while trying to get in, but said that the two sides shared a lot of dialogue on the subject of the Big East as the school played a role in the Big East extending Temple its invitation. “I can’t tell you a whole lot, but I can say there were conversations with [Villanova president the Rev. Peter Donahue] at times over the course of several months about it, there were other conversations that went on,” Moore said. “A.D.s talk to A.D.s all the time, we play Villanova in basketball ev-


Another adjustment for Temple will be finding a way to share the Philadelphia marketplace with old Big 5 and new Big East rival, Villanova, a private institution, that was not always in favor of Temple’s ad-

ery year so those conversations were there, I would probably say at the coaching level there had been conversations too, but yes, we had conversations with them to try to answer any questions or concerns they might have, we also had conversations with representatives with the Big East about Villanova and that was part of the range of circumstances that had to be considered.” Before the rest of Temple’s sports join the Big East in 2013, the two schools will continue to talk with the Big East to find a way to work together within the conference. “Certainly we’ve shared this market for years with St. Joe’s and La Salle in the [Atlantic Ten Conference]. This a different stage, different television exposure, so it’s very important for the Big East and certainly for Villanova that this transition

be an important one, that it’s done with great care, with great respect for both programs,” Bradshaw said. Moore said that while the Big East may be concerned about Villanova sharing a marketplace with Temple, he does not see this as a major issue. “I will tell you I don’t share the same level of concern about that, look at USC and UCLA in Los Angeles…They seem to do well in that market and don’t cannibalize one another,” Moore said. “But if they have that concern and want to explore it with us and work it through this year, which they do, we’d be happy to do it.” Brian Dzenis can be reached at brian.dzenis@temple.edu.

Real estate values rise with off-campus housing are constantly trying to expand to keep up with the increase of students so what they will do is buy out individuals living on a block, which may only be several people, renovate it, and increase the rent,” Anderson said. “This then makes it impossible for many Philadelphia residents to move back in the area due to the high rent and increasing taxes, which is just not fair.” While some residents feel that increasing market value could increase taxes in the area, Michael Valenza, a professor of legal studies in business, said that increasing the market value of a neighborhood has generally positive effects. “I think whenever you fill out a residential block through in-fill or other new construction, the costs of the construction per square foot is going to be far in excess of the existing market values of the properties and I think that has the effect of increasing market values,” Valenza said. “It’s generally a good thing to increase market values especially in times where market values have seen a significant drop over the past four years.” Dor Berkovitz of RentCampus, an online-based property management group with a focus on students, said increasing enrollment beginning in 2005 – which led to a 20 percent increase of the student body until 2010 – has contributed to the demand for housing. “Back in 2005, if you had the property at the right location; price pretty much stayed the same, or dropped down because there was not much competition then,” Berkovitz said.


As off-campus student renters demand houses near Main Campus, development groups and property associations fix up residences, raising real estate values in the area. “There was way more demand but not enough inventory, but now supply and demand are nearing equality.” Berkovitz also stressed the importance of competition between property management groups as a key factor in the persistent cost of rental properties “The competition between management groups is fierce, and some people really want to fill up the rooms and have the ability to do so along with driving up prices, but the majority of rental properties generally stay between $500 and $600 a month,” Berkovitz added. Tom Citro, landlord and owner of Templenest Apartments, upholds the positive impact of such developments in “blighted neighborhoods,”

Glass buildings threat to birds on campus BIRDS PAGE 1 ing how effective these designs are,” McDade said. Senior biology major Haley Gilles has researched the bird collisions on campus since Spring 2011 by keeping tally of how many birds died and where the collisions occurred. “It is only going to get worse, so it is really important to get on it now. There have been a lot if endangered birds that have hit here and all down the east coast and all around the world. It is an increasing threat,” Gilles said. As a part of her research, Gilles received funding in Fall 2011 to put milky white film bird decals on Beury Hall and she observed a decrease in the number of bird collisions. “It reduced the collisions, definitely, but it wasn’t 100 percent effective because they

were far apart and we got a lot of small birds here that think they can weave in through little areas,” Gilles said. Aside from placing patterns and decals on windows, both McDade and Gilles know that there are a number of different steps people and the university can take to reduce bird collisions. Gilles argues the university should stop constructing buildings primarily made of glass. “My hope would be that they would stop building the buildings that are sheer glass, like the new architecture building and [the] Pearson and McGonigle [renovations]… It would be great to change the design, but it might also change with what people want. Right now, they want glass, but in the 1970s they wanted build-

asserting “it creates more comfortable, habitable housing for students and residents, while simultaneously promoting job growth within the area.” In conjunction with the improvement of housing units, Citro cites the strides he has made to improve conditions around the block. “Residents are happy especially with the 1500 block [of ] Carlisle [Street] in which I signed a three-year contract with PECO to set up lights even though it costs me $400 extra a month,” Citro said. Landlords like Berkovitz, however sympathize with residents like Anderson who remain in fear of higher monthly rent combined with increasing yearly taxes. “I feel for the residents

who have lived here for many years and now 95 percent of the block is students, you have to face all the noise and partying, but unfortunately things change,” Berkovitz said. Mark Staver can be reached at mark.staver@temple.edu. Sean Carlin contributed to this report.

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The new Architecture Building features large glass windows, often causing bird collisions on Main Campus. ings that looked like Beury,” Gilles said. Whether the university decides to place screens or decals on problematic windows to help reduce the bird collisions

or not, Gilles said, she realizes “you can’t save the world all at once, just small changes.” Laura Detter can be reached at laura.detter@temple.edu.

Temple Police responded directly to inquiries about the incident, but since they quickly established no threat to the community, no alert or advisory was sent. Still, Temple Police had extra patrols checking the Bell Tower on April 10, Leone said. “The DA should at least charge this guy with making threats against people and a school,” said Ethan Schwartz, senior film and media arts major, who was not aware of the videos. “The last thing anyone wants is another horrific school shooting or bombing. And by the DA not taking action against this guy, they are pretty much telling others that they won’t get in trouble unless they really do

carry out their actions.” “I think that kid is obviously deeply disturbed and people should be aware that he was planning on doing that,” Donna Mulville, senior human resources major, said. Although the student was not charged by the city, the case was processed through the university’s Student Code of Conduct, though Leone declined comment on the hearing and its outcome due to student record restrictions. Becky Kerner can be contacted at beckykerner@temple.edu.



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The Temple News presents collaborative coverage of Temple’s Ambler Campus.

riginally the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women, 101 years later Ambler Campus looks pretty different. During the past academic year, as Ambler celebrated its 100th year anniversary, and The Temple News began to notice its lack of coverage on our neighbors 16-miles to the north. As with any other 100-plusyear-old institution, Ambler Campus has changed dramatically since its founding. In its more recent history, Ambler Campus has seen a shift from a residential to a commuter campus, dwindling funding – its operating budget has dropped by approximately $420,000 in the past three fiscal years – and a decrease in attendance, but consistently active student organizations. The Temple News wanted to take an opportunity to acknowledge the rich history of Ambler and to paint a picture of what it is like to be a student there. The history of Ambler Campus is Temple’s history too,

Finishing Flights


and as a Temple student, worth knowing. This week you might notice the front page of The Temple News and Living and Sports’ section fronts have their fair share of Ambler-oriented coverage. The Temple News considers the history and future of this campus relevant to students on Main Campus, and thought it was worth collaborative coverage between our newspaper sections. In News, Sean Carlin [“Storied campus takes new role,” p. 1] writes about the rich history and changing landscape of Ambler Campus. In Living, Lauren Hertzler [“Ambler thrives as commuter campus,” p. 7] writes about student life at Ambler. In Sports, Colin Tansits [“Ambler shapes athletics,” p. 20] writes about Ambler’s sports fields. Although it lacks the buzz of our North Philly Main Campus, students who attend Ambler Campus are still making the most out of their college experience.

The university shouldn’t forget about what it learned during the Bird’s Eye View contest.

or the past few years, Temple’s grounds department has kept track of the number of dead birds lining Main Campus buildings. In November 2011, The Temple News reported that the department estimated between 800 and 1,000 dead birds last year. Commendably so, Tyler School of Art and the Office of Sustainability held a competition, the Bird’s Eye View contest, to spread awareness about the deaths of birds-in-flight. Experts suggest that reflective, glass buildings contribute to these deaths, as birds mistake the glass for an open path. The Temple News applauds the efforts to bring the issue to light. Now that the awareness portion of the contest is done, we’re curious how the university is making any long-term effects stick. Temple’s 20/20 plan flaunts sleek, glass-heavy buildings on the rise: the architecture build-

ing, Pearson and McGonigle Halls and the South Gateway project. The Temple News doesn’t chastise the university for building visually pleasing buildings as it moves forward with its 20/20 plan. However, officials should communicate with the initiatives coming out of the various departments – including the Office of Sustainability – to incorporate them into future buildings. The winning window pattern of the contest by Molly Denisevicz should be implemented on necessary buildings on Main Campus. As of right now, Temple hasn’t planned to produce the designs to apply to current and future buildings. If Temple is going to promote initiatives, it should follow through with them – not forget about them halfway through the crash course.




Philadelphia’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, hosted in Fairmount Park, Sunday, April 15. Sakura Sunday is the centerpiece event of the month-long festival. The Cherry Blossom festival highlights Japanese arts and culture.

POLLING PEOPLE Last week on temple-news.com, we asked: How will you celebrate NEXT WEEK’S POLL Spring Fling? Where do you get your source of music from?

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Recommendations aim to provide better results The SFF committee recommends: • •

“I asked you what time do you think we’re getting out of here? [Dunphy] said 9 p.m. because I couldn’t come here if John Channey was going to speak. Well Christ almighty it’s 9 p.m. Who’s keeping time at this thing, Khalif Wyatt?”

I will explore the different assortments of food.


Spring Fling is overrated.



I will take advantage of all the freebies.

That the university move to make the university Student Feedback Form system all-online by extending the e-SFF process to all instructors of all ranks effective for Spring 2012. That students be given access to selected quantitative data for responses to four SFF evaluation items, using TUPortal or some other secure, intranet solution. Open-ended comments should not be included.

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Plagiarism compromises integrity


uying papers from essay mills and freelance ghostwriters is becoming a very profitable practice, and many former professors are even entering this plagiarism industry to become ghostwriters. “Unethical, though completely legal” is how Jennifer Sunseri, a CORYANDAR former English professor at Texas GILVARY Tech, explains it. After being unemployed for Gilvary three years, Sunseri began working argues that for an essay mill, the Huffington utilizing Post reports. It is shocking that a ghostwriting former professor is a part of plagiaservices rizing, which hurts the credibility of the academic system. invalidates the In the age of Google, paper work of other’s mill websites have become big who honestly players in the plagiarism industry. complete These websites allow students to assignments. order a written paper on almost any subject, which is then delivered electronically before it is due. If the company has the piece custom written, then the process is completely legal. Technically, students are purchasing the copyright. However, Dan Ariely, an economics professor from Duke University, conducted a study where he found that to be untrue in some cas-

es. Out of four papers he ordered from different websites he found that two of them came up as plagiarized on Writecheck.com. The rest were not much better because as Ariely said they were, “gibberish,” and probably would not have received a passing grade. The risk a student takes when ordering a paper online far outweighs the benefits. Taking morals completely out of the equation, students are still wasting money on a paper that will probably be useless or cause them to get caught plagiarizing. Besides ordering papers online, many college students know someone that writes papers – for a price of course – just down the hall from them. These ghostwriters are usually skilled writers and are filled with promises of original papers and safety from disciplinary action. One Temple student who wishes to remain nameless, has actually written papers for a variety of Temple classes. “I can’t say it’s not wrong, but it’s certainly not morally wrong,” the student said. “It’s only wrong against academic standards, because it undermines them. It’s not wrong like kicking a puppy is

wrong. You’re not hurting anyone. It’s not the ghostwriting that stops students from learning, it’s themselves.” If a student does not want to learn, they will find someone to write their paper, either online or locally. The ghostwriter is merely making profit off of students’ laziness. Besides just the obvious threat of disciplinary action, plagiarism hurts students. They are not learning the material and the class is a complete waste of time and money if they’re paying someone else do the work. There are some students that do not care how they get their degree, only that they do. These types of students are a waste of the professors’ and their peers’ time. They are cheating everyone else in the course since they’re getting credit

for a class that others actually worked hard at completing. It is not right to invalidate the hard work that other’s put in because they have no academic integrity. This is why plagiarism is in fact not a victimless crime. Each time someone passes a class with a paper they did not write, they are one step closer to getting a degree they did not rightfully earn. This just lowers the level of intellect people with degrees are seen as having and therefore lowers the importance of the said degree. Students should learn to take pride in their coursework so not only can they can be proud of their degrees, but their peers can as well.

“Taking morals completely out of the equation, students are still wasting money on a paper that will probably be useless or cause them to get caught plagiarizing.”

Coryandar Gilvary can be reached at coryandar.gilvary@temple.edu.

Bomb threats should be taken seriously



Gdovin argues that although recurring bomb threats become frustrating, they should always be taken with precaution.

welve bomb threats in one day. The first couple may have seemed like a joke, or a strange hope for canceled classes, but it is a serious issue. The University of Pittsburgh has been plagued with more than 60 bomb threats since Feb. 13. It began with a note in a bathroom, and has escalated to anonymous emails being sent to news outlets in Pittsburgh. Although no explosives have gone off or been found, numerous buildings are evacuated each time a threat occurs. The university sends out alerts through its emergency notification system of emails, texts and Tweets, similar to TU Alerts. The university is following the proper procedures and taking the necessary precautions needed to ensure the safety of its students. After late nights being evacuated from dorms, and many classes being canceled during the day, it

can become annoying for Pitt students to just wait around until they are allowed to go back into buildings. But even the students are taking action to deal with the threats. A Google document was started for students living on campus to find students off campus willing to offer a couch or floor space to house them when ousted from the dorms. Others have started a blog, “Stop the Pitt bomb threats,” to exchange ideas on how they can stop the threats. It has become a scary concern for many students, and it may be even more unnerving if the university was not taking it seriously.

This issue is no longer just a joke. According to the Department of Justice, a false bomb threat is a federal offense. Whoever is sending these threats can be punished with jail time and/or fines. For such serious consequences, universities should be expected to take serious action. The more lax they are about the threats, the harder it may be to find who is sending them. Although it may seem like enough is enough, now is not the time to stop taking precautions. Universities must continue to do what they have been doing, no

“It has become a scary concern for many students, and it may be even more unnerving if the university was not taking it seriously.”

matter the inconvenience. When the lives of so many students are at risk, this cannot become a lighthearted issue. It may seem hard to keep up with an investigation when so many threats are false, but the school must not back down. When they do, they become vulnerable, and may put many in danger if the threat is in fact real. I would much rather have my day inconvenienced by an evacuation than to be a part of a tragic situation that could have been prevented. As the saying goes, “It is better to be safe than sorry.” Sarae Gdovin can be reached at sarae.gdovin@temple.edu.

Online feedback forms still ineffective


et’s be honest, no one fills out Internet surveys. OK, “no one” is harsh – maybe 15 people fill out Internet surveys. Survey response rates are generally low, it doesn’t matter how convenient they ALEXANDRA are. If students OLIVIER glance at and exit out of the surveys Olivier that pop up when argues that you go online in placing student the TECH Center feedback forms then students will online will still undoubtedly react the same toward yield the same online student results as paper feedback forms. The semester is ending, sumfeedback forms. mer vacation or in many cases summer classes loom ahead and the pro-


fessor you are providing a detailed review on is a professor you will either never encounter again or is teaching a class that doesn’t necessarily apply to your major. Obviously, students are going to check either the “Agree” or “Neutral” boxes and not even bother to answer those open ended questions on the back. The form being online may be more accessible, but like a survey it doesn’t motivate the individual to sit there and spend the total five minutes to fill it out. It isn’t laziness that deters students. They just don’t want to be bothered with it. It is rare that student feedback

“It is rare that student feedback forms reach a dean and turn a lightbulb on that maybe this professor isn’t working out.”




What do you look forward to during Spring Fling?

“I just look forward to seeing what the organizations have set up around campus and checking it all out.”

forms reach a dean and turn a light bulb on that maybe this professor isn’t working out. It is also rare that professors receive these forms in a timely fashion where they can sift through the vast amounts of “you suck”s and “you’re awesome”s to find some type of feedback that could be rendered as useful to enhance their teaching styles. According to the Faculty Senate Student feedback form committee, various proposals were made in the White Paper with recommendations to better the feedback form process. Administering a pilot in the fall of 2010 the committee noticed no significant change in response. “In addition, because the results did not indicate any significant change in the type of student response from the online SFFs, the committee recommended that all faculty other than pre-tenure be

MEG BARRETT “I look forward to seeing my friends on campus outside all day.”

provided the opportunity to volunteer to participate in an expanded spring 2011 semester pilot,” according to the White Paper. I do not foresee a change in response levels from Fall 2011 to Spring 2012. As connected students and faculty alike are to the Internet, there is no real incentive for students to evaluate professors they may not encounter again. It will benefit professors, however, because the forms will be readily available online but since the responses are low there may not be enough responses to truly benefit them. Alexandra Olivier can be reached at alexandra.olivier@temple.edu


SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION “Is it ethical to saddle a 17-year-old who’s never had experience with credit with this amount of debt? No counseling teaches the pain of repayment. What’s better than garnishing my wages and owning a piece of me for life?”

Barmak Nassirian,

associate director of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars, philly.com on “Highly educated, deeply in debt”

“The anxiety about Obama’s success has led to many reactions, most of them not physical but still emotionally violent. I sense a widespread anger with the continued discussion of race, as if Obama’s election should have ended the conversation forever, so why are you still talking about it? I see anger toward those who bring it up in media, as if talking about racism is the problem as opposed to racism being the problem.”


time.com on “The Racial Cold War Is Heating Up”

“Bottom line: Stein, upon enlisting, agreed to follow the rules of the U.S. Military, which contain express regulations prohibiting certain partisan political speech. As a result of his apparent violations of these regulations, a military panel ruled last week three to zero to discharge Stein from the military.”

Dean Obeidallah,

special to cnn.com on “Marine’s Facebook posts on Obama go too far”

“We are dames, not damsels in distress... we are just like every other valuable voter segment, striving to make the most of ourselves in this country and fight for the issues that are important to us.”

Gretchen K. Hamel, foxnews.com on “The truth about the war on women.”





“I am looking forward mostly to see what it’s about. Since it’s my first year, I have no idea what Spring Fling really is.”


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Arafat says on “DREAM activists participate in national ‘coming out’” on April 12, 2012 at 9:42 a.m. Palestinians are a miserable and pathetic people. They slit the throats of innocent Israeli families, then whine when Israel sets up check points to prevent this. They blow themselves up on crowded Israeli buses, then whimper when Israel prevents this with a wall. The shoot rockets at Israel by the thousands, then kvetch and moan when Israel deploys Iron Dome defenses to prevent this, too. They forced the construction of the wall. They necessitated the checkpoints. All of their misery is their own doing. But they will never acknowledge that truth; because that would mean self-reflection and intelligence (decency and kindness) on their part– all characteristics they and their leadership know nothing about. Time Scott says on “Dems., TSG call for ID expiration dates” on April 9, 2012 at 10:24 p.m. Did anyone see the video of the man who was able to get to the point where he could vote on behalf of Attorney General Holder in Washington? I think the point has come where we must have voter ID to protect our elections, and I am a democrat. I have been following this, and TUCD needs to get on board with the Governor and support Voter ID. Taxed Enough says on “North Philadelphia finds affordable food scarce” on April 10, 2012 at 10:14 a.m. It is always tough when you are not getting enough of somebody else’s earnings. Nobody is “deserving” of somebody else’s money. Nobody is being “punished” because they cannot get “enough” of somebody else’s money. Robert says on “Struggling services” on April 10, 2012 at 10:33 a.m. Customer service at SFS is simply a matter of university priorities, but I guess I can understand. I mean, holding students (customers) ability to register for classes (the services that your customers are paying for) makes sense. Clearly it is the student’s fault for not having paced themselves at a service rate that SFS can handle. Who could possibly anticipate that college students might be inattentive at pro-actively monitoring their SFS ledger? After all, increasing staffing to ensure student’s efforts to address what are often SFS created problems might draw precious university funds away from critical services such as the Office of Community Relations, Office of Sustainability, the Center for Intergenerational Learning, or the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy and Leadership, and their Center for Social Justice and Multicultural Education. SFS wouldn’t happen to be staffed with union positions would it? Just a hunch.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Dear Editor, Students for Intellectual Freedom turned three years old in March. During those three years, infamous claims of bigotry, particularly against Muslims, have been assigned – via character assassination attacks – to us by on- and off-campus socialist, communist and Islamic groups. While it has always been exciting for me to defend us against such claims, the truth is far less exciting, as those claims are simply untrue. But, hey, since when has the truth mattered to Leftists? It’s their kryptonite. It is only natural – even for cancers – to fight for survival. The blue-ribbon claim is that we were founded as a David Horowitz-machine. Also untrue. Our first event three years ago was sponsored by his Freedom Center. Every event afterward has been funded solely by Temple, Young America’s Foundation, donations I personally raised and my own wallet. Just ask Student Activities. But more on Horowitz later. Through her events, TUSIF has always fought for the rights of not just non-Muslim minorities – gays, infidels, women, Jews, etc. – but also Muslims themselves, many of whom are prisoners of their lives because they are terrified of their Muslim male and female counterparts harming them for merely questioning Islam’s curious elements, or for deviating from the strict, oppressive, murder-promoting code of conduct known as Sharia Law. While these terrifying, inextricable components of Shari’a have been only enigmatic notions to mainstream America, they have become part of the American kitchen-table vocabulary as headlines to national newspapers and cable news. Honor killings in the Western and Central thirds

of the country, and a beheading on the Eastern third, are all realizations and materializations of Sharia in America. TUSIF’s concern for these barbaric crimes is not bigoted. It’s called acknowledging the truth of reality. How long will we – as Americans – continue to sacrifice sight-and-truth for comfort? That’s called political correctness, and American society must reject it if we’re to survive as a nation, tolerant of all cultures/ religions, while never suppressing our American soul. A report by the London-based Center for Social Cohesion, entitled “Islam on Campus: A Survey of UK Student Opinion,” showed that 32 percent of Muslim students said killing in the name of religion could be justified, while 60 percent of active members of on-campus Islamic societies said the same. Only 2 percent of non-Muslims polled felt this way. Reading the facts above surely angered many, but not because of what it reveals but because the bigot Alvaro put it out there. Some readers will be more upset with me, and not the chilling facts. That’s not a good indicator, but an indicator nonetheless. How do you defend the American soul and all who run to her for haven? Come see and hear from our event’s power panelists on Monday, April. 23, at our Conference on Islamic Apartheid, in Kiva Auditorium 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsor: David Horowitz Freedom Center.



Community organizer provides donated food For the last 13 years, Tony Stamps has been helping those who are less fortunate, unable to afford adequate food. KIERRA BUSSEY Opinion Editor Tony Stamps, born and raised in North Philadelphia, is a community member who saw a void in his community for quality, nutritious food. As a result, for the past 13 years Stamps and his faithful volunteers have been committed to fulfilling this need through collaboration and hard work. “It’s simple. I started [the food drive] because it was a need for the community,” Stamps said. “I’ve been doing this for 13 years, and whether I’m out here or not, it’s still going to get done.” Every Monday, rain or shine, Stamps and his volunteers set up alongside of Yorktown Arms, a senior rental community at 1400 N. 13th St., to distribute food at 11 a.m. While the organizers are small in numbers, their impact is felt. Like yesterday, April 16, the line extended beyond the block as people patiently waited to receive their ration of food for the day. “People in this building, for example, are on a fixed income and after they pay their bills they are left with $8 to $12 a month for food,” Stamps said. “And what can they do with that?” Stamps recalls that there was such a high need for food, at one time that he was unable to supply people with enough. Now, Stamps said that the food donations have become plentiful, and he and other organizers are able to distribute food at more than 13 food sites throughout the city of Phila-

delphia. Stamps has developed strong relationships with supermarkets, which aid him in his efforts to feed the hungry. “I go to different supermarkets and they throw away hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of food every day,” Stamps said. “Instead of [supermarkets] throwing away all of that food, I step in and ask for food donations, and I tell them what we are doing it for. Everyone likes to jump in for a good cause.” Currently, Whole Foods, the world’s leader in natural and organic food, is the biggest provider for the food drive. Many of those who receive food are on a fixed income, and generally can’t afford the prices of natural and organic food. “Whatever the stores provide us with, healthy foods or mostly organic, we give it out,” said Valerie Williams, a Philadelphia resident for more than 11 years and volunteer. Some of the foods include fresh vegetables and fruit, bread, milk, eggs, cereal and canned goods. The food drive continues to thrive with the support of food donations from those who are more fortunate. Kierra Bussey can be reached at kierrajb@temple.edu.

In Freedom, Alvaro Watson Students for Intellectual Freedom, President

The Temple News presents “Generation Templetown” KIERRA BUSSEY TTN

Valerie Williams (far right), and two other volunteers, stand alongside of Yorktown Arms as they began preperations for the weekly Monday food drive. The next food drive will be Monday, April 23.

The Temple News will be releasing, “Generation Templetown,” its 2011-12 documentary about students using their Temple accomplishments to better their hometown – North Philadelphia – the first week of May. For more details, and to see previews as they are posted, visit temple-news.com/multimedia.



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Ambler thrives as commuter campus Ambler Campus, though no longer a residential campus, still boasts an active student life through 30 different student organizations. get in anything else, get in a group related to your major because it helps you,” Lewis-Campbell said. “You’re the one that needs to know mbler Campus acts as an extension what the field looks like.” Sophomore legal studies major and Temple of a prime research university, ofStudent Government Association secretary Ali fering a safe haven for students Glickstein said students from Ambler recently seeking a condensed community advocated in Harrisburg with Temple Student atmosphere with close teacher-student interacGovernment and Temple Advocates Legislative tions and hands-on campus involvement. Outreach Network. A branch campus of Temple, Ambler is “It’s great to be able to get on board with located approximately 16 miles north of Main [Main Campus’] projects as Campus in eastern Montgomwell as our own,” Glickstein ery County, and is the home said. base for a slew of active and Glickstein said Amhardworking students, young bler’s student government and old alike. works with Lewis-Campbell Ambler’s population in the Student Life office to consists of mostly suburban oversee all the organizations commuter or transfer students on Ambler Campus, provide looking to get a big-name budgets, coordinate networkdegree on a slightly smaller ing events and hold biweekly scale by taking most of their meetings. classes at Ambler and the rest Glickstein, a commuter at Main Campus. who takes classes at both “It’s like a small colAmbler and Main campuses, lege without the residents,” said, “Ambler Campus is like Assistant Dean for Student a completely different atmoLife Wanda Lewis-Campbell, sphere than Main Campus. Ph.D., said. William Parshall / It’s so small that everybody Compare Ambler’s apexecutive director, ambler campus knows each other.” proximately 2,300 enrolled Ambler Campus also students to the approximately has its own newspaper, radio station and pro35,000 on Main Campus. gram board, which is planning Ambler’s Spring “As the economy has put families in more Fling to take place tomorrow, April 18, the difficult financial straits, an increasing number same day as Main Campus’. of students are having to stay at home [and] Similar to Main Campus, Ambler Student commute to college,” Executive Director WilLife also offers extra-curricular activities open liam Parshall said of the market Ambler serves. to students at both campuses, including disAlthough Ambler’s students commute, it counted tickets to see Philadelphia sports teams doesn’t hinder their interest in getting involved. and trips to Broadway musicals. Ambler Campus has approximately 30 estab“[Students] still have a college experilished student organizations. ence,” Lewis-Campbell, who often travels to “We do have pretty active student life, it’s Main Campus for meetings, said. “It’s just not just more focused in other directions like career as many people as you see at Main Campus.” services,” Parshall told The Temple News.



“As the economy has put families in more difficult financial straits, an increasing number of students are having to stay home [and] commute to college.”


The Ambler Campus, located approximately 16 miles north of Main Campus, no longer houses students, but instead acts as a commuter school. Despite this shift in student life, the campus still sees great student involvement with the student government and student media.

“I always let students know, if you don’t


Theater dept. responds to Barton demolition The Temple News follows up with its coverage of the exclusion of rehearsal space for theater students in the 20/20 plan. Since then, no solution has been proposed.

classrooms used by the theater department. “Barton’s age makes it inadequate as a modern classWhile walking through the room/laboratory location,” third floor of Barton Hall, one James Creedon, senior vice may be surprised to hear laughpresident for construction, faing, crying and maybe even cilities and operations, said. barking. Aside from the crying, “It would be extremely expenthese are not exactly the sounds sive to upgrade the building to one would expect to hear in a meet contemporary mathematics and academic needs. science building. The Science and L o c a t e d Research Building across the street will replace and from Tomlinson dramatically imTheater at 1900 N. prove the teaching 13th St., Barton and research space Hall also houses currently in Barmost of the theton.” ater department’s The studio classes, but this is spaces in Barton soon to change afAnna Lou Hearn / are furnished with junior theater major ter the destruction full-length mirrors, of Barton as per storage space and the 20/20 plan. rehearsal furniture. A landmark As they are more of Main Campus since the than 50 years old, however, the 1960s, the large, centrally lorooms are starting to show their cated building will soon be deage. molished as part of the univer“The building is not propsity’s 20/20 plan. The various erly equipped for theater classscience and technology classes es,” junior theater major Anna currently held in Barton will be Lou Hearn said. “All but four of moved to the planned $137 milmy theater classes have been in lion research building that will Barton. There is very little space be constructed adjacent to Anfor theater majors and performderson and Gladfelter halls. ers. There is poor lighting [and] In the 20/20 plan, however, no soundproofing. I don’t want there is no proposed replacement for the studio spaces and BARTON PAGE 15

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“The building is not properly equipped for theater classes.”


Barton Hall, a central building on Main Campus, will be torn down this summer to make way for a research facility. The building currently houses many of the theater department’s classes and rehearsal spaces.

Last week, colleagues and close friends roasted men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy to raise money for charity.

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TTN reporter John Dailey looks into campus responses of the TECH Center’s implementation of Lynda, an online tutorial resource.



This year’s Spring Fling festivities start tomorrow, April 18. Head down to Liacouras Walk to check out student organization tables and learn how to get involved. Bassnectar will come to Main Campus on Friday, April 20. The Temple News wishes all students a fun and safe Spring Fling.


Tune in next week for The Temple News’ annual Music Issue. We’ll be profiling local artists including Brittany Tranbaugh, Ground Up and Aaron Weiss of mewithoutYou.





Community benefits from Lynda resources Implemented earlier this semester, Lynda.com provides various technology tutorials at the fingertips of students, professors and faculty members. JOHN DAILEY The Temple News


Nearly three months after its implementation, students and faculty find use out of Lynda. com, a resource that provides a wide variety of educational how-to videos.

Lynda.com arrived on Main Campus and has been welcomed by those who have taken advantage of it. The self-defined “online software training” service offers on-demand, 24/7 access to more than 1,300 training videos. The subject matter covered in these videos spans everything, from popular Adobe products, like Photoshop and Dreamweaver, to employment preparedness videos, such as one video titled, “How to conduct an effective meeting.” Since Feb. 20, 2012, faculty, staff and enrolled students have had full free access to the normally subscription-based service. A Temple AccessNet username and password is required to access lynda.temple.edu. Gale Gallo, assistant director of technology training and outreach, of Computer Services said she is pleased to see the Temple community making use of Lynda’s resources. “From February until the end of March, we’ve had 3,800 unique participants and that doesn’t even factor in the [number] of times that each logged in,” Gallo said. Gallo, who is among that user base, cited how Lynda’s tutorials have already helped her, and that she believes that the tool can help her colleagues. “I was in a position where I had to use some Excel formulas and I was really stumped,” Gallo said. “It was 11 [p.m.] and I was able to go to Lynda and that helped me figure it out. Each year, our supervisors will give us competencies to fulfill and some of them are technical competencies. Lynda can actually be used to fulfill these.” The scope of the videos offered surprised Gallo. “Every day, I discover something new,” she said. “I was just poking around the site and found tutorials for things like ‘How to make yourself invaluable’ and ‘How to create an effective PowerPoint presentation.’ This made me think, ‘Wow, how valuable would this be for our students getting ready to graduate and enter the job market.’” One of those users is Charles Vesley, junior management information systems major. “It allowed me to expand my knowledge on the tools that I already knew in Photoshop,” he said. “I think it is a great resource for people who want to learn a relevant topic very quickly. I don’t use Lynda on a constant basis, but it is great for quick learns.” Gallo said, the students from the School of Communications and Theater and the Fox School of Business are some of the two largest user groups. As a Fox student, Vesley said that he could relate to this. “I would definitely recommend it to business students who are interested in learning something very quickly and are under a time constraint,” Vesley said. “I can picture teachers recommending it.” Jeremy Shafer, director of solutions develop-

ment for Computer Services, said that incorporating Lynda’s offerings in the classroom was one of the major considerations when bringing the tool to the university. “One thing that was being thought of regarding Lynda, one of the bigger ideas, is that faculty can use this as a supplemental resource for classes,” Shafer said. “For example, if an accounting teacher wanted an entire class to have the same level of basic Excel skills at the beginning of a semester, then they could use this.” Sophomore advertising major Amaris Talbert said she had not previously heard of the new tool, but wishes that it was incorporated into her classes. “It’d be great if teachers talked about it in class,” Talbert said. “That’d be a really good way to let students know it was available. I’ve actually had this Photoshop assignment that I’ve been procrastinating for weeks because I have no idea how to use Photoshop. Maybe I’ll be able to get it done now.” Gallo said that multimedia software has been the most commonly accessed of all the tutorials. “Multimedia tutorials like InDesign and Final Cut Pro are getting some of our biggest numbers of hits,” Gallo said. “The nice thing is, some of these tutorials are really short, so you can get an answer really quick.” Chin Ly, junior biochemestry major and current Foursquare mayor of the TECH Center, said that he has heard of Lynda.com from posters around Main Campus, but has never used it himself. “I did see it advertised, but I personally prefer to use text-based tutorials,” Ly said. He then opened the browser on his computer and navigated to Lynda.temple.edu. “Although, now that I’m looking at it more, it seems pretty cool,” he said. “I may actually use it.” Upon further review, Ly said that he thinks it is only a matter of time before the tool becomes more widely known by the Main Campus community. “The more people that know about Lynda will cause word to spread faster and faster,” Ly added. Gallo expressed that her department will make an effort to help spread the word. “It is still new for us. We are going to continue promoting Lynda’s services and are going to reach out further to the various schools about it,” she said. For now, she is satisfied with the reception that Lynda’s services have received from the Temple community. “A number of both the faculty and students made the request for Lynda, and we listened,” Gallo said. “People like to learn online these days and people like to learn 24/7.” Anyone who looks around the TECH Center at 2 a.m. can validate that. Just ask the mayor. John Dailey can be reached at john.dailey@temple.edu.

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With no class size exceeding 100 students, Ambler provides a more personal learning experience. “Some students like these smaller, intimate [classrooms] where we know your name, where we know your face, where you can come in and see me just cause you just want to,” Lewis-Campbell said. “You don’t have to have an appointment.” Lewis-Campbell’s son, who she said got distracted at Main Campus, quickly raised his GPA after taking a few classes at Ambler. “You’re here to get a degree and if your grades aren’t what they should be, you need to come up here and focus,” Lewis-Campbell said. Ambler, only a few SEPTA Regional Rail train stops away, or a free shuttle trip that runs weekly on the hour, is “more than a branch campus,” Lewis-Campbell said, in that the campus has its own library, computer center, financial aid office, internship office and more. “You get a little more personalized attention here,” Parshall said. “Our academic advisers are a little more readily available because their caseloads aren’t as big as Main Campus.” According to the Ambler’s website, the campus began as the Pennsylvania School of Horticulture for Women in 1911, recognized as an important addition to American education by Bryn Mawr College graduate Jane Bowne Haines. As the women’s school flourished in size and reputation, it adapted into a co-education junior college and in 1958 accepted an offer from Temple to merge. Today, Ambler thrives as an award-winning institute for landscape architecture, horticulture and sustainability projects and initiatives. Although Ambler has been designed to cater toward students in founded horticulture or landscape architecture-centered majors, anyone of any major is free to take classes at Ambler, for the same tuition rate. The majority of students, though, will be

unable to successfully graduate in their major without taking a few classes offered only at Main Campus, Lewis-Campbell said. Ambler’s suburban atmosphere offers a completely opposite scene than Main Campus. The fresh air, open fields, colorful learning gardens, bright green grass and overall sense of constant security is almost culture shock for a visitor used to Philadelphia’s city-enthused campus. Jenny Rose Carey, a London native, has seen the 187-acre “green campus” in different forms, spending years as a horticulture student, later as a professor and now as director of the Ambler Arboretum – an accessible, educational, public series of gardens providing a hands-on opportunity for students to study. Carey described Ambler Campus as a “hidden gem.” “Not everyone is designed for downtown living, and so if you feel happier in this sort of suburban environment, it has a very different feel to it,” Carey said. Since doing away with on-campus residence halls in 2010, Ambler’s student culture on a daily basis has since dropped, making the atmosphere quiet and calm most days of the week. Ambler’s fitness center, also known as “the Red Barn Gym,” for example, was completely deserted at 3 p.m. on a Tuesday – a substantial difference from what can usually be seen at the IBC Student Recreation Center or Temple University Fitness Center located on Main Campus. “We’re small, we’re intimate, and you’re a part of Temple and you have access to all that the university has to offer,” Lewis-Campbell said. “A research university is at your fingertips.” “So you can come here and be a big fish in a little pond, or you can go down there and be a little fish in a big pond,” Lewis-Campbell added. “It just depends on what you want.” Lauren Hertzler can be reached at lauren.hertzler@temple.edu.


The Ambler Campus Technology Center, which opened in 2006, acts much like the Main Campus TECH Center, with PC and Mac classrooms, as well as interactive space for student collaboration for organizations and classwork.

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Parks evolve city spaces

The Franklin’s Paine Skate Park fund is working to cater to young skateboarders across the city. Its largest project to date, Franklin’s Paine, is set for a summer groundbreaking. KARA SAVIDGE Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Artistic renderings of Franklin’s Paine Park show how the space along the Schuylkill River will be transformed. The project was first conceived in 2003, and is set for a summer groundbreaking.

hen the city and former mayor John Street deemed LOVE Park, a former international skateboarding destination, off limits to skateboarders in 2002, there was no telling that it would be the catalyst that boosted the momentum of the city’s ever-growing skateboarding scene. But after it became clear that the city wouldn’t budge on its decision, skateboarders and community members began to ask why there wasn’t a designated destination to serve the growing needs of the skateboarding community. The result was the birth of the Franklin’s Paine Skateboard Fund – a nonprofit that works to bring free skate spaces to neighborhoods, and build community around them by incorporating the city’s youth in the process.

“We’re trying to get these spaces into communities,” said Claire Laver, FPSF executive director. “We have basketball, tennis courts in most communities, so why not skateparks?” Laver, who became versed in urban studies at the University of Pennsylvania, added that there is, by the fund’s estimations, 60,000 skateboarders in the city and only four public skateparks in the immediate area. “That gap’s pretty tremendous, and we’re working to fill [it],” Laver added. Today, the fund is growing closer to delivering on the intention of its 2001 inception a mixed-use, more than 50,000 square foot skatepark, dubbed Franklin’s Paine, which will sit on the banks of the Schuylkill River next to the Art Museum. First conceived in 2002, the project was hindered by the fund’s small staff and need for massive fundraising efforts. Last



(Left) The Harajuku Fashion Show, inspired by styles found in Tokyo, displayed work from University of the Arts students. (Top right) The 10Tecomia Yosakoi Dance Project performed traditional Japanese Yosakoi dance.


Guitarist Vahe Sarkissian shows that music performance majors aren’t always destined to be starving artists.

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Writers will convene for the Free Library’s book festival with events that promote literature and reading.


(Bottom right) The Tamagawa University Taiko Drum and Dance group performed a high-energy dance and drum act. The day of events acts as the centerpiece for the festival.


TTN covers the city’s music scene, including interviews with Philly area natives Chiddy Bang and Good Old War.





Authors assemble for book fest The annual Philadelphia Book Festival makes an argument for literature in all forms. ance from renowned poet Nikky Finney. In addition, Phillip Levine and Sonia Sanchez, the former Times are changing in the United States poet laureate and literary world, as bookstores are current Philadelphia poet laureate, closing and publishers are looking respectively, will also speak. The week-long event also infor the next best way to get a story cludes science writers Dava Sobel out. and D. Graham Burnett, as the fesHowever, Andrew Kahan, tival coincides with the Philadelthe director of author events of phia Science Festival. Additionthe Free Library of Philadelphia, ally, the festival holds events for said regardless of whether readchildren – live music and a charers like their stories on Kindle or in print, book lovers still want to acter parade. “We wanted to draw people support their fainto the library to vorite authors. It focus on books, play is this reason that and literacy,” Kahan the Philadelphia said. “It’s a great opBook Festival reportunity to visit the mains active in its library.” sixth year. Science author “Book fesof the book “A More tivals are a way Perfect Heaven: How for people to get Copernicus Revotogether and cellutionized the Cosebrate the words,” mos,” and festival Kahan said. “It speaker Dava Sobel is an opportunity said she agrees. The [to experience] author was invited to community and Andrew Kahan / the festival to speak to meet talented director of author events, free about her book, and writers.” library of philadelphia praised the rewards The annual that came from her festival usually attendance of the festival. features poetry, in honor of April “It’s a great way for me to being National Poetry Month, meet the readers and other writbut this year’s festivities include ers,” Sobel said. “I like to attend more poets than previous years. the writers’ events. Plus, I like This year also includes an appearPhiladelphia and the library.”


“Reading is such a component of being a good citizen, finding out the way other people think and empathizing with them.”

Sobel said the popularity of the festival is a sign of what is to come in the book industry. “Authors used to speak at bookstores, but that’s totally changing with e-books,” Sobel added. “Festivals are becoming much more popular and they already are popular in Europe and Australia.” “Regardless of the format the book takes, if they love the author, they’ll come out and meet this person,” Kahan said. She added that attendees often still buy physical versions of the books to have their copies signed by the authors. He said he also hopes that the festival will bring forth an interest in reading to members of the community. “Reading is such a component of being a good citizen, finding out the way other people think and empathizing with them,” he said. Kahan said that residents should attend the festival to see the authors they love and fulfill their own curiosity about science or poetry, or even just to be entertained by the First Person Story Slam. “It’s fun and entertaining and you might even learn something while you’re here,” he said.

FESTIVAL EVENTS Bookworms can rejoice this week, as the Philadelphia Book Festival at Parkway Central Library kicks off its sixth year with renowned novelists, poets and non-fiction writers from around the world.


Join the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and 2011 United States poet laureate, who specializes in writing urban poetry for a “working-class world.” Courtesy Mia Berg

Science writer Dava Sobel will speak at the book festival. She is the author of “A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos.”


Meet Philadelphia’s first poet laureate and winner of many literary awards. Sanchez covers topics including bigotry, and drug abuse in her writing.


The editor, poet and critic discusses his recent book on the Philadelphia born crime-fiction writer David Goodis. The presentation also includes a movie screening of the 1957 noir movie, “The Burglar,” based on Goodis’s novel of the same name.

Danielle Miess can be reached at danielle.miess@temple.edu.


Fairmount caters to art lovers in spring season

In a joint production with First Person Arts, storytellers battle against each other while telling tales of mistaken identities.


The Philadelphia Science Festival combines with the arts for the critically acclaimed science writer’s appearance.

The Fairmount Park Art Association is hosting several events, including public art bike tours, to allow locals to check out art around the park in innovative ways. JENINE PILLA The Temple News As Philadelphians come crawling out of hibernation eager to brush away the cobwebs of winter, groups such as the Fairmount Park Art Association are offering opportunities to get people back into the fresh air. One new event that seems to be a hit is their public art bike tours. FPAA has joined forces with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia to offer public art bike tours, an innovative way to view public art. Tours consist of two courses, a four-mile course that is recommended to children and those who are less experienced on a bicycle, and a 10-mile course for the more advanced riders. Both routes take riders on an adventure through the windy roads of West Fairmount that are home to more than 50 sculptures and public art sites. The tours were created to provide a glimpse into the newly released public art bike map, which was created to aid riders in a self-guided tour of the hidden gems throughout the Fairmount area. The map, which includes more than 150 spots throughout the city, also highlights art in the direct vicinity of Fairmount Park. One of these is John J. Boyle’s 1887 “Stone Age in America” sculpture. Jenn Richards, development and communications manager at FPAA, said these tours reveal a new side of Fairmount outside of Kelly Drive. “A lot of people don’t realize there is a ton to see on the other side of the river,” Richards said. She said that the Horticulture Center, located at North Horticultural Drive and Montgomery Avenue, is one of the lesser-known sites that leave many in awe. “People see [the Horticultural Center] and say ‘this is in the park?’” Richards said. “Fairmount West gets a lot less traffic and there is so much beauty.” Philadelphia’s Cycling Committee chairman Russell Meddin said the tours are “a way to be out in the fresh air while enjoying thought-provoking art.” The routes are not difficult to master and cause little worry for inexperienced riders. While promoting the importance of enjoying good art, Richards said the tours also promote “safety and safe city biking.” Along with enforcing the rule that a helmet is needed to participate, the tour groups are provided a briefing of bike safety and maintenance tips at the start of each tour provided by the Bicycle Coalition. “Riding bikes makes it easier to find new places – it is a great way to go somewhere [the

rider] hasn’t been before, but it is important to follow the rules,” Richards said. He said obeying traffic laws and remaining aware of fellow riders are important. “The response has been overwhelming,” Richards said. Every tour is currently at capacity with additional riders on a waiting list. Due to the fact that FPAA is a small organization consisting of five members, it is difficult for them to offer the tours routinely. That is why they released the public art bike map that, Richards said, “provides research material so people can take [the tour] on their own.” In addition to the map, there are various points along the course that contain an audio component. To access the audio bits pertaining to the art pieces, riders can call the phone number, 215399-9000, or download the application on their smart phones. Tours will be held April 29, between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., and those who are interested can be added to a waiting list. The FPAA is also offering various other ways

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to “engage city residents and tourists with public art in new ways,” according to its website. Here are a couple other ways the organization is keeping citizens educated about local art as well as entertained and outdoors:


Keep an eye out for the oversized, helium filled lollipops scattered along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which mark the locations of 12 outdoor sculptures. Art lovers can make their way from piece to piece enjoying what the city has to offer free of charge.

nights illuminated in front of the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, will be turned off, leaving the night to be taken by art lovers equipped with flashlights. The flashlights are used to illuminate the sculpture into its own light dance.


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“Iroquois,” a sculpture that spends most



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Park nears completion Koozies keep hands warm, beers cold



year, it got a $1 million boost from a Parks and Recreation Department grant. But Laver said the nearly $5 million project is set for a summer groundbreaking and has raised the needed construction funds, but still needs to raise funds for maintenance and landscaping. “LOVE Park is a public plaza that wasn’t designed for skateboarding but happened to be perfect for it,” Laver said. “Our park’s designed with skateboarding in mind, but the angles, materials are designed in a way to accomodate a variety of uses and we hope to see that.” She mentioned its mixeduse intentions as an amphitheater, and as a resting spot for bikers and joggers making their way down paths along the Schuylkill River. The Paine Park is a significant undertaking and the hope is that it will become a premier destination in the city, making an argument for its potential and present economic impact. “[Mayor Michael Nutter] has been big on the retention of young people in the city ... There’s a concern about sponsoring the creative economy,” Laver said. She said that there are “inherent links” between skateboarding and art, as many skateboarders are also involved in graphic design, video or print art, and that the park has the potential to reverse the trend of young people leaving the city. “In encouraging free public skate spaces, that’s another reason for young people to stay here,” Laver said. While the Paine Park is currently in the spotlight, the fund also works to bring low scale, smaller skateparks into smaller neighborhoods and communities, in addition to its larger and centralized endeavors. They’ve built five smaller parks in all corners of the city and beyond – from the Mount Mariah district of South Philly, to Frankford to Ambler. Laver said these 6,000 and 7,000 square foot “pocket parks carry their own economic effects,” especially in their use by out-of-towners. “On a nice Saturday you’ll likely see license plates from New York, Maryland, Virginia – many skaters are willing and excited to check out other skate parks in the region. It’s a reason for people to come visit Philly,” Laver said. Her argument isn’t purely anecdotal. She cited Pop’s Skatepark in East Kensington – the posterchild for the the skateboarding advocacy argument. The park was created in a formerly aban-


Homemade beer koozies offer a crafty way to consume beverages and keep them cold, in style.

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A rendering of the Franklin’s Paine Skate Park shows its future layout. The $5 million project is set for a summer groundbreaking. doned lot at Trenton Avenue and East Hazzard Street, and quickly became recognized as an inner city land-use success. Laver said that police reported about a 50 percent drop in crime in a two-block radius within seven months of its opening. “It was a completely empty lot and now about 50 kids a day are using it. There are families coming with children she said,” Laver said. “It has created a vibrant utilized space in turn reclaiming public space for the community to take pride and ownership over, and a tool for community building.” Jesse Clayton, a local skateboarder and Pop’s primary creator, echoed Laver’s sentiments on the economic worth and community building value in creating skateparts in under-developed spaces. He mentioned that in addition to the drop in crime, with the park’s opening, four local businesses in the immediate area, like the pizza shop across the street, saw an increase in patronage. He was first approached about building a park in the space by the New Kensington Community Development Corporation. With an army of volunteers, and after raising collectively $25,000 for materials, the project was finished in about nine months. It opened in July 2009, and today is a model for other cities to replicate – following the park’s opening, it and Clayton’s efforts received both local and national

accolades. Though the NKCDC was the park’s primary funder, Clayton said he had a lot of help from the FPSF. Since founding his design company, Fifth Pocket Design, he has worked closely with the fund on its four past projects, and has plans with them for future parks, including one in Grays Ferry. “Public skate spaces allow kids to invest more time into skateboarding, instead of spending time fighting pedestrians and the public for that square foot of street space,” Clayton said. “Public skateparks need to happen more – it helps the progression of the sport. There’s an educational component too. The fund provides classes at the parks throughout the city, like the “Gear for Groms” program, where kids not only learn how to skate, but, according to Laver, leadership and discipline. She added that the fund is working on partnerships with public schools to develop a more formal curriculum and partnership. “There’s an extreme component about kids learning to skate in the spaces around them,” Laver said. Clayton added that there may be a downside to huge projects like Franklin’s Paine, as opposed to smaller projects. He noted his and his company’s mission of utilizing even the smallest amount of money, which is usually the case for recreation centers and communities trying to establish their own parks. Franklin’s Paine is a multimillion dollar project. But Clayton said he hasn’t spent more than $150,000 on supplies or materials constructing his five parks, yet. And with the many delays to the Franklin’s Paine project – a project incorporated with the city and with a huge budget – it may say something about the idea of communities coming together to lay cement and build a park themselves. But beyond Franklin’s Paine, Laver noted that the fund’s mission is still very attuned to this idea of smaller, community oriented development, and especially the element of engaging communities around the idea of creating these spaces. “It’s always going to be that do-it-yourself, grassroots effort with skateboarders – that’s one of the things that’s so unique about it,” Laver said. “Most people are not learning [to skateboard] with a coach, they’re learning on their own or with friends. Skateboarders are often occupying space that otherwise would not be occupied – finding pockets of space around city to bring life and energy to.” Kara Savidge can be reached at kara.savidge@temple.edu.


ast summer I made a paperbag inspired beer koozie. My design took inspiration from a few places, our mean North Philadelphia streets being one of them. It also came from – I feel like I should be ashamed to admit this – Urban Outfitter’s 40-ounce koozie, which was made to look like a scrunched paper bag around the

bottle. The rest of my inspiration came from many hours of boredom while my roommates were doing a summer course and I was just hanging out. Considering 40s are not exactly my go-to adult beverage – I’ll stick to craft beers, please – I decided to make my own paper- bag koozies out of felt for a no-rip, but still fun, solution to most, if not all, of my day-drinking woes. If I’m going to be technical, I suppose the felt-paper bag acts more as a koozie cover than anything else. Regardless, the best part about them is that that they work for cans – even tall boys – or bottles. Disclaimer: If you are not yet of legal age to imbibe, stick to soda. After all, underage drinking is illegal as is drinking in public, so you should consider avoiding that, too. I’ll be honest: The pattern is almost entirely freehanded in a terrible and somewhat shameful way. I sort of threw the pattern together while sitting in my living room, watching “Silent Library” because the remote went missing. Clearly, I really haven’t come that far in my crafting process since last year. The pattern is mostly based on me being lazy and wanting to have the bulk of what I was doing be based on folding felt in half and cutting. So my pieces were hardly exact, but the koozies still came out fine. Although if you have a Type-A personality, you can cut everything out to be much more exact, with corners much more squared than mine were. The best tip I can offer is to leave a bit of a seam allowance so you can trim off any bizarre, uneven edges and corners later. Because I’m pretty sure none of us really feel like taking out a straight edge or protractor to measure those perfect right angles that no one will notice anyway.

cause it was the closest color to a real paper bag - Needle - Thread – I used dark brown embroidery thread, which made mine look more ‘campy’ and homemade, and also because I didn’t have thread that matched perfectly. Feel free to use a matching thread if that’s your thing - Koozie – this is optional, but provides maximum drink insulation


1. Cut two pieces of felt into 8-inch by 4.25-inch rectangles. Set aside. 2. Cut two pieces of felt into 8-inch by 4.75-inch rectangles. Set apart from the first two rectangles. It seems trivial now, but it will make piecing the bag together easier, I promise. 3. Cut a final rectangle 4.25-inches by 4.75-inches. 4. Match up the sides of the bags and start piecing together the bag, securing with straight pins. The 8-inch by 4.75-inch pieces will be facing each other attached to the 4.75-inch sides of the bottom of the bag. 5. Repeat the process for the narrower pieces. 6. If you’re hand sewing, do a quick running stitch on all of the vertical sides of the bag. 7. This will form a tunnel. 8. Attach the bottom of the bag to the rest of the bag. 9. Trim up any wonky edges, make corners into more of right angles and do whatever you need or want to do for you to be satisfied with the look of your koozie. You can also turn your koozie inside out if you really want cleaner edges. 10. Put your actual koozie into the felt paper bag, along with a drink. 11. Drink up. As far as the sewing goes, these would be easier to churn out with a sewing machine. Or, if you’re going for that extra-fancy look, try a nice embroidery stitch to hold the bag together. But really, you’re making a felt paper bag and there’s no need to be fancy. The koozie isn’t attached to the felt paper bag because I figured I could use the inner koozie individually if I wanted. Or, more importantly, clean things when something inevitably gets spilled, someone taps your bottle with theirs or after hauling the beer to the park to drink, when it’s a little bit shaken up and you’re too impatient to wait for it to settle. That said, if you want some more permanence in your koozie, you could easily attach the two pieces together with hot glue. Meghan White can be reached at meghan.white@temple.edu.


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Vahe Sarkissian VICTORIA MARCHIONY The Temple News Philadelphia is positively swarming with music students. Despite their presence, the question that few of them ever seem prepared to answer of, “What are you going to do with a performance degree?” always lingers. Vahe Sarkissian is a guitarist who is challenging the assumption that all instrumentalists go to Los Angeles to starve. After winning the lead guitarist spot in 93.3 WMMR’s “Building the Band” competition, he has stepped into the spotlight, proving that fame is not reserved for vocalists. In 2000, Sarkissian moved from his hometown of Bensalem, Pa., to Philadelphia to attend the University of the Arts and pursue a performance degree, and to turn his dream of making music into a fulltime job. After earning his bachelor’s degree he stayed in Philly, but took a 9-to-5 customer service job to pay the bills. Three years later, he reached a breaking point and left corporate stability for music, vowing never to work outside of his field again. Sarkissian returned to UArts to get a graduate degree in music education, which helped him secure his current job as a guitar teach-

er at The Music Training Center in Ardmore, Pa. A few months ago, he heard an ad on the radio calling for submissions for “Making the Band,” the prize for which included a gig opening for big names like Shinedown, Halestorm and Godsmack at the Susquehanna Bank Center this summer. Though he initially entered “just for kicks,” becoming a finalist ignited a flame for Sarkissian, who started practicing two hours each day to prepare himself for the last round. The hard work paid off and he landed the lead guitar spot, in addition to a live performance and interview on WMMR. The contest experience has changed his focus from searching for stability to pushing his career forward and taking advantage of every opportunity to showcase his talents. Whether living comfortably by working in music, or performing at huge venues, Sarkissian is living proof that instrumentalists can, and do, thrive after college. The Temple News: Before you were even chosen for the band, your music was played on WMMR. How was that experience for you? Vahe Sarkissian: It was surreal at the time because it was before I was even picked in the Top 5. They were talking about all the great stuff they’d

gotten and then they played my sound-clip to showcase that. I heard it after the fact on the podcast, but I got texts from people I barely talk to congratulating me all throughout the night. TTN: Did you feel famous? VS: Yeah, I definitely had a little “15 minutes.” TTN: Is it difficult to market yourself as an instrumentalist? VS: I’m trying to get more into branding and social media. I have my site [Vahesarkissian. com] and my Facebook page [Facebook.com/vahesarkissianmusic], but it’s hard. I do a lot of solo stuff, which could appeal to other guitar players simply from an art standpoint, but that’s kind of a niche market. It’s difficult for me to pick an image or focus because I do so many different things to try to get out there in any capacity. If I [show that I] can do anything and everything, and one of those takes off, then it can allow me to do other things I want to pursue later. TTN: Is the ultimate goal of “Building the Band” to create a band that stays together? VS: Only time can tell, but that’s not my personal goal. I happen to know the drummer who made the band and we already collaborated so we’re hoping to allow this to push our project into the spotlight. The

more people that can recognize the two of us together, the better. TTN: You do something called “two-hand tapping.” What does that mean? VS: You tap the fret with both hands which creates a piano kind of style and [you] get a much wider range. It’s something I did in college because I’d seen people do it and I liked the rhythm of it. I don’t think I’ll ever fully have a handle on it. I think it’s always going to be a goal. TTN: What’s your bestcase scenario? Where do you want to see yourself and your music in the next few years? VS: Ideally, I’d like to be in a rock band that’s a little more progressive and experimental but can still cater to your poprock sensibility – good songwriting but with good musicianship, as well. I always wanted to write, record and perform my own music on a bigger level. Realistically, being able to play places like the Theater of the Living Arts on a somewhat consistent basis would be great. Victoria Marchiony can be reached at victoria.marchiony@ temple.edu.

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(Top) Vahe Sarkissian performs at the Trocadero. (Bottom) Sarkissian won 93.3 WMMR’s “Building the Band” competition.

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Columnist Mark Longacre argues that while bright colors comprise nearly every spring fashion trend, be wary of too much of it.



Spring fashion means lots of color


ven though we barely had a winter, it’s finally spring, and arguably the most exciting season because we shed our heavy, drab winter clothes for the light, bright colors of spring wardrobes. The season of rebirth is always generally brighter and more colorful than winter, but this season, color has invaded every aspect of spring fashion. This spring is different than others in that almost every store has incorporated bold colors, regardless of the style it appeals to. Bright colors aren’t anything new – J. Crew has had them forever – but this season, stores’ color palates are all virtually identical. This season is all about modern takes on traditional looks. Stores have taken vintage styles like colored denim and chinos and designed them with slim fits. The key is to take the trend and put a new spin on it. “Trends are about little details,” Zoe Selig, College Fashionista contributor, American Apparel employee, style guru and advertising sophomore, said. “Don’t wear all the trends at once – it’s all about incorporating pieces in classic ways.” My rule of thumb is to take one colorful piece and use it as the outfit’s focal point, and one’s eye should be drawn directly to that piece when first looking at the outfit as a whole. Whether it’s an adorable pair of bright orange chinos from H&M that are superhot this season, or the refreshing pair of mint shorts from J. Crew, choose an anchor piece and let that be the focus of the outfit. After picking that one staple piece, accent it with other parts of your outfit. I love the baby blue color

that J. Crew calls “coastal aqua,” H&M labels “light turquoise” and Gap names “union blue.” Whatever you want to call it, it’s hot this season. I wear my coastal aqua shorts with a simple black sweater or black short sleeve deep V-neck and a pair of black shoes. The outfit is clean and simple, but the shorts are fitted along with the sweater so they each keep with the modern take on a classic look. My style is definitely a modern take on the classics, but some designers have worked splashes of neon into their lines. Neon reds and yellows scream spring, but if not worn properly, they can be incredibly overwhelming. “I think neon can be obnoxious if it’s too much do neon in accessories with little pops here and there,” Selig said, wearing orange eye shadow, which was just enough to bring out the muted green in her jacket. When planning to incorporate neon, place it somewhere you want attention drawn to. Neon clothing will act as a highlighter for your body, so use your accessories to give a pop of color without being overpowering. Although bright colors are an important part of this season’s hottest clothes, clothing designers and stylists have shown many other subtle ways to update wardrobes. Many clothing designers are shying away from second skin apparel in exchange for fitted pieces. Skin tight is sexy and fun, but it has been around forever: Not long enough to be a classic piece, but just long enough to be a little stale. In order to spice it up this season, sizes leave a little to the imagination while still hugging someone’s frame. I love that new garments look like they were tai-

lored to fit like a glove because it’s a classic take on a modern trend. The beauty of the classic style is that it can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I could easily pair my orange chinos with a dark aqua polo, a pair of Sperry’s and a light sweater for a relaxing spring afternoon on a boat. Swap the sweater and polo for a navy blazer and pressed Oxford shirt, and I could go out to a formal dinner. Because all of the pieces are basic prints, it’s easy to experiment with what works and what doesn’t. I like to experiment with color in moderation. It’s fun to throw new pieces in the mix every now and then, but I generally keep my style minimalistic. Some people can wear clashing neon colors with various textures while still looking like a million bucks. Try on different outfit combinations to see what works for you. “I don’t think you can have too much color,” Selig said. “Some people feel apprehensive Courtesy Alex Aaron Photography about wearing too much Zoe Selig models her makeup for spring. Selig advocates for bright color, but because color colors in spring wardrobes. blocking is a trend, I think you can go wild and crazy with it.” Mark Longacre can be reached at mark.longacre@temple.edu.



By now, you must have heard of Joseph Kony and his army of child soldiers in Uganda. Or, at the very least, seen the viral video of Kony 2012 video creator Jason Russell’s epic mental breakdown in San Diego. If this all just sounds like gibberish, we recommend getting a Facebook account immediately. Cover the Night is a nation-wide effort to nonviolently cover cities in Kony stickers and posters to protest Kony’s actions in Africa and to raise the awareness of them. Participants will meet at LOVE Park and move throughout the city posting paraphernalia and neighborhood clean-ups in an effort to give back to their communities. For more information on how to get involved, check out the CTN Facebook event page, “COVER THE NIGHT PHILADELPHIA.” Ryan Echevarria organized a “Cover the Night: Temple University.” Any students looking to participate are encouraged to meet at the Bell Tower at 9 p.m.

If you’re not of the 4/20 persuasion – or even if you are – the annual Philadelphia Science Festival is sure to blow you mind in more ways than one. In its second year, PSF brings educators, students, research institutions and even beer brewers together to celebrate science and expand each others’ knowledge. On April 20, the opening night party will be held at Frankford Hall at 1210 Frankford Ave. at 7 p.m. Attendees can enjoy Yards Brewery’s various beers and work with NextFab Studio, a local high-tech workshop, to make music and build gadgets. On April 21, the Franklin Institute is hosting Cupcake Chemistry. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Institute, at 222 N. 20th St., is bringing in dessert experts Jen Dionisio and Gigi Naglak to discuss the chemistry behind a perfect cake.

FLAVORS OF THE AVENUE SATURDAY, APRIL 28 NOON – 4 P.M. EAST PASSYUNK AVENUE, BETWEEN DICKINSON AND MORRIS STREETS $25 – $50 VISITEASTPASSYUNK.COM/ FLAVORS Though it’s a ways away from the buzz of Center City, East Passyunk Avenue has a thriving restaurant scene, with more than 20 award-winning restaurants. This annual festival brings the local joints together under a big top circus tent, offering samples of their food and drinks to attendees. Restaurants include Cantina Los Caballitos, Marra’s and the South Philly Bar & Grill. General admission tickets start at $25, but increased to $30 after April 20. The ticket includes wine and craft beer samplings. Or, you can splurge for the VIP tickets, which cost $45 – $50 after April 20 – and include specialty cocktails, a wider array of menu items and an extra hour in the tent. At 3:30 p.m., there will be a free concert with Johnny Showcase and Cheers Elephant outside Birra at 1700 E. Passyunk Ave. -Alexis Sachdev









For many people, solving a Rubik’s Cube can be an all-day affair. For first year medical student Stephanie Chow, it takes just 16.9 seconds. In high school, Chow, a California-native, was introduced to speedcubing, which is solving a Rubik’s Cube or related puzzle as quickly as possible. At the time, she was unaware that she would soon earn a spot among the top speedcubers in the world. “My friend in high school was the former world record holder for speed cubing,” Chow said. “He gave me a Rubik’s Cube for Christmas in 2006, which was the start of it all.” What arose as a hobby quickly became much more than just that. Chow found a place to flourish in speedcubing while attending the University of California at Berkeley. “We had a really big Rubik’s Cube community there,” she said. “We had a lot of good people who could teach others. Everyone wanted each other to get faster, which helped me. It was really a great breeding ground for us to cultivate the skill.” Chow quickly developed the skill and dove into the fierce competition circuit both inside and out of the World Cube Association. Berkeley’s speedcubing club typically hosted four competitions annually and traveled to various competitions across the country to compete. Chow also competed in U.S. national competitions in Cambridge, Mass., Atlanta and Stanford, Ca. “The first time [speedcubing] was the worst. My hands got sweaty [and] the cube became difficult to turn, but you get over it with practice,” Chow said. Within four years of picking up a Rubik’s Cube, Chow became the female world record holder for the Square-1 puzzle, a variation of the Rubik’s Cube. At the

Reno/Lake Tahoe Winter 2010 Cube Competition, Chow took first place in the Square-1 and the Pyraminx events. Since 2003, the winner of a competition is determined by taking the average time of the middle three of five attempts at the puzzle. “I think I’m like third or fourth in the world now, but I have not been to any competitions lately,” Chow said. At Berkeley, Chow taught two classes on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube. Upon completing her undergraduate degree at Berkeley, Chow transitorily took a sabbatical from competitive speedcubing. “The main reason why I cannot compete is due to time restrictions with school, but I have had classmates approach me wanting to learn, so I teach them on the side, individually,” Chow said. While Chow has helped others prosper into better speedcubers, speedcubing, in turn, has aided Chow’s studies. “It helps me a lot in embryology and neuroscience,” she said. “I would like to think it gives me a good 3-D perception. Being able to map the 3-D structure of the brain and where all the nuclei are is useful.” It is widely reported that the creator of the Rubik’s Cube, Hunagrian architect Ernő Rubik, created the Cube as a teaching tool to help his students understand 3-D objects. He did not realize that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled his new Cube and then tried to restore it. Joseph Schaefer can be reached at josephschaefer@temple.edu.


20/20 plan lacks theater rehearsal space BARTON PAGE 7


Barton Hall, which has stood on Main Campus since the 1960s, will be torn down this summer, eliminating much of the theater department’s rehearsal space.

to hear what is going on in the next room.” The rooms on the third floor serve as classrooms throughout the day and as rehearsal spaces at night. “It certainly wouldn’t be a first choice, but when all else fails, it is the best bet,” Jacynda Purnell, a freshman theater major said. The rooms are often in use by students rehearsing for Temple Theaters productions like “Top Girls” and various directing and acting projects. Ill-equipped as it may be, Barton is essential to the success of the theater department’s many main stage and student projects. The only other place where students are able to practice is the rehearsal hall located in Tomlinson, which is often booked weeks in advance. “A lot of us are struggling now to get the rehearsal space we need or to have a place we can use for our performance,” Purnell said. “Demolishing Barton Hall will simply make this issue worse.” The 20/20 plan as it currently stands does include some positive enhancements for Temple Theaters, including a head house that will solve the current entrance problems and stand at the head of the planned quad area. Though no plans have been set in stone, there has been some progress made in find-

ing a replacement for the theater department. “We are already in the beginning stages of substantive communication with the Provost about how the university will handle this pending facilities challenge in a way that serves the critical existing and future needs of our department,” Marie Chiment, interim head of the theater department, said in an email. Barton will continue to be used as it stands for a few years to come, at least until the new science building is finished, but students and professors alike expressed concern for the future. Thomas Jacobson, acting dean of the School of Communications and Theater, said he is aware of the uncertainty in the department. “Nothing is settled yet,” Jacobson said. “The university has hired a consulting firm to analyze classroom utilization on campus. They are looking into many issues, [and] a replacement for Barton Hall for theater’s needs is among the many.” “It is a well-developed, comprehensive plan,” Jacobson added. “Some buildings are already well under way, [and] others remain on the drawing board. It is not even planned for completion until 20/20.” Students in the theater department have their own hopes and ideas about replacing Barton. “If we could get even half of the space

Barton uses, a mini building with 10 rooms, that would make a profound difference,” Hearn said. “This isn’t possible, but taking away space and not replacing it is illogical.” The theater department has high hopes that the change will result in bigger, better spaces, which will help improve the quality of instruction and productions in the long run. “We are hoping that this process will lead to an approved plan for replacing and enhancing our access to adequate disciplinespecific industry grade teaching, dance studios, design studios and rehearsal spaces,” Chiment said. Luckily for the department, the university is not planning on tearing down Barton without first creating a solution to the loss of space. The building will remain in use until there is a suitable substitution. Rehousing the theater studios and classrooms is one of the top priorities of the continual planning and restructuring of the university. “Replacement of the space used by the theater department in Barton will be part of the planning that will occur over the next year to allow for the demolition of Barton,” Creedon said. TJ Creedon can be reached at tcreedon@temple.edu.




Dunphy wears dunce hat for charitable evening Big 5 coaches, former players and other acquaintances roasted men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy last week for Big Brothers, Big Sisters. CONNOR SHOWALTER Sports Editor “[This is] maybe the worst thing that ever happens to me,” men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy said at his roast on Wednesday, April 11. Despite this, Dunphy sacrificed himself as the subject of jokes for a good cause. He said his main impetus to participate was to benefit the Temple chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters. “My style is not to do this,” he told the audience after the roast. “It’s for a cause that I truly believe in.” Friends and colleagues participated in roasting Dunphy, who has been coaching the Cherry and White since 2006, and has coached the Owls to five-straight NCAA tournament appearances. Other attendees at the roast included former Temple coach John Chaney, Villanova coach Jay Wright and Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, along with roasters, Drexel coach Bruiser Flint, former La Salle coach William ‘Speedy’ Morris, Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Dick Jerardi and Comcast SportsNet anchor Michael Barkann. The faculty and staff of Temple’s Fox School of Business and the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management organized the roast. Dunphy also teaches at Fox as an adjunct professor and is a board trustees member for the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter. Master of Ceremonies for the roast was comedian, Philadelphia radio personality and Temple alumnus Joe Conklin. “Thank God this dinner is being held in April because we know [Dunphy] doesn’t show up in March,” Conklin said to open the roast. “But the one good thing, Dunphy did pick up an endorsement after this year’s display, he’s the new spokesperson for pre-mature elimination.”


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Men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy agreed to be roasted by friends, colleagues and fellow coaches to raise funds for Temple’s chapter of Big Brothers, Big Sisters on Wednesday, April 11, in Alter Hall. Dunphy, 64, has been coaching the Cherry and White since 2006.

Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia anchor Neil Hartman pointed out to those in attendance at the roast something he learned from watching an interview series called “Comfy with Dunphy,” by Rudy Mezzy, a 2011 alumnus. When Dunphy was asked who he would like to have dinner with, dead or alive, he said Queen Latifah. “Dunphy, a Queen Latifah fan? I mean this guy will say anything to relate to his recruits,” Hartman said. Later Hartman said what he believes is Dunphy’s secret to recruiting. “When he’s meeting someone for the first time, he’ll say, ‘What part of the city are you from? What parish?’” Hartman said. “Then Dunphy talks about the priest he knows there, how to play basketball on the courts outside that church, he tells them how he’s from [Saint Dorothy Parish] in Drexel Hill, attended Malvern Prep, he’s been to every Big 5 school, yes he did spend a few days at St. Joe’s at one time and then he recruits their grandmother, the aunt, the sister and then of

course the mom and an hour or later that kid is going to Temple.”


St. Joseph’s men’s basketball coach Phil Martelli took a shot at Temple’s junior guard Khalif Wyatt and referred to his lateness to team meetings during the past season. “Dunphy is a liar,” Martelli said. “I asked you what time do you think we’re getting out of here and [Dunphy] said 9 p.m. because I couldn’t come here if John Chaney was going to speak, I had to get out of here before he started, did we have that conversation?” “Well Christ almighty, it’s 9 p.m. Who’s keeping time at this thing, Khalif Wyatt? Timing issues Dunphy,” Martelli added. Martelli concluded his remarks by praising his Big 5 colleague. “This is absolutely positively impossible because everybody has said it,” Martelli said. “He’s as good a basketball coach as there is in the country. Dunphy is like a brother to everybody in this room and he’s made it his point to make everybody in this room believe that you’re his best friend and that’s nearly impossible, but he’s done it.”


Penn’s coach Jerome Allen, a former player of Dunphy’s from 1991 to 1995, is one of the program’s most recognized players. Allen recalled a story about how he was worried to visit a dentist that Dunphy recommended. “Now I’m looking at his mouth, remember this is 1991… everybody is going to take shots at the mustache, but there’s a reason why he had that mustache,” Allen said. “He sends me to his dentist and I am nervous. I hope my mouth doesn’t turnout like his, you got to understand his ‘stache covered something gross. There was one tooth and that’s all he had and it was like, as my 2-yearold son says, ‘dookie brown.’” “Now [Dunphy] has porcelain venires and he smiles hard all the time,” Allen added.


The roast raised more than $30,000 through ticket sales and a silent auction to benefit the Big Brothers, Big Sisters chapter. Big Sister and senior strategic communications major Hannah Disanto said through her four years with the program, she has seen its impact with her little sister. “We’ve been matched for four years so it’s just like going and hanging out with her and we have so much fun,” Disanto said. “I can see the changes in her from when she was in third grade getting in trouble all the time until like now, she’s in seventh grade and she’s trying to be good, getting on sports teams and stuff. And to know that I was able to help her do that, it was just so awesome.” Connor Showalter can be reached at connor.showalter@temple.edu.




City-wide Earth Day events encourage reducing waste



ad society developed according to my plan, community farms would overtake this city instead of vacant lots. Whoever suggested bottling and selling water would have MARISA STEINBERG been promptly, yet politely, excused from Columnist that business meeting Marisa Steinberg and from offering any offers advice on input on matters regardthe various places ing the environment ever again. The word to celebrate Earth “smog” would still exDay without ist, but instead of denotdraining natural ing harmful pollution, resources. it would be short for something delightful like, say, “smirking dog?” Farfetched, yes, but for Earth Day an environmentally conscious girl can dream, right? The entire world population can’t all live on farm co-ops and commute by bicycle, I suppose. However, Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, always provides me with a glimmer of hope that civilization might shift in line with my eco-friendly daydream. At the very least, it encourages a ton of awesome events in and near Philly to get people focused on going green. The best place to celebrate Earth Day is outdoors, obviously. People should take a break from

refreshing their Instagram feeds and visit one of the many educational festivals going on in the coming days. Join friends at Ambler Campus for the 10th annual EarthFest on April 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The outdoor celebration will feature dozens of exhibitors including the Philadelphia Zoo, the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. While in Ambler’s neck of the woods, check out its arboretum filled with lush green spaces, like a sustainable wetland garden and green roof. All those aromatic flowers will clear noses of the unpleasant scents that all too often ooze from the Philly sewer grates. Visit during the week to catch a free bus to Ambler that departs from 12th Street and Polett Walk. For some Earth Day celebrations closer to Main Campus, check out the fourth annual Earth Day Festival and Flea Market at Clark Park in West Philly. On Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can stroll through the park to learn about a variety of sustainable topics like environmental justice and how to start a community garden. Don’t forget to peruse the flea market for some sweet secondhand clothing, jewelry and records. Another great way to say “I love you” to Mother Nature on her special day is by properly

disposing of all that potentially toxic electronic junk piling up in your desk drawer. The sustainability organization Green in Chestnut Hill is holding a “Weird Waste Day” on April 21, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Norwood Academy in Germantown. Use this as an opportunity to recycle those unfortunate electronics that met their untimely fate after some sticky party foul or a lapse in your depth perception. Also, for those lucky enough to have time to kill around lunch on Fridays to attend WXPN’s forever-entertaining Free at Noon concerts, eForce Compliance will be collecting electronic waste at this Friday, April 20, event. Now, if you happen to spend Friday’s at noon chained to – or sleeping on – your desk, drop off your unwanted electronics for free during the entire month at eForce Compliance’s offices at 3114 Grays Ferry Ave. Although at this point in the semester it may seem physically impossible to do any additional learning outside mandatory classes, there are a bunch of Earth Day classes and workshops going on that you should save some brain cells for. If, like me, you have yet to bring your bike to Philly for fear of crossing paths with crazy aggressive drivers, a random horse or ATV cruising down Broad Street, a quick overview of the rules of the road can be a great confidence booster.

“People should take a break from refreshing their Instagram feeds and visit one of the many educational festivals going on in the coming days.”

Bike Temple is sponsoring a short workshop on urban riding tomorrow, April 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at 1810 Liacouras Walk. To get a little more green in your life, register for City Planter’s how-to on making terrariums on April 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. You can feel a little closer to nature, even seven stories up in Johnson and Hardwick residence halls, by building your own eye-catching arrangement of plants in a glass container. If you’d rather spend your Earth Day hibernating indoors recovering from Spring Fling, maintaining the little eco-friendly tips I’ve been offering all semester should suffice as a proper celebration. You know them by now: unplug your laptop charger before heading out to classes for the day, invest in a reusable coffee mug to score awesome java discounts, embrace the dirt-cheap world of thrift shopping, buy local whenever possible and always reject plastic bags. Actually, I think that would be the final aspect of my green dream world: Toss whoever suggested plastic bags out with the bottled water guy, too. Marisa Steinberg can be reached at marisa.steinberg@temple.edu.

GLBT movement should foster education



noozing away and robotically twiddling my thumbs in my Mosaic class – yeah, you know what I’m talking about – an intriguing thought crossed my mind as my professor proceeded with her BRANDON BAKER millionth lecture on W.E.B. DuBois. Columnist Contrary to the Brandon Baker beliefs of tea baggers compares the and other uber-conserGLBT rights vatives, gay people do have souls. movement of the I recognize that 21st century to drawing parallels to the Civil Rights the Civil Rights MoveMovement, ment has historically and asserts encroached on dangerous political territory, that members but DuBois had a little of the GLBT something special to community his argument of seamshould embrace lessly blending togeththeir message. er minority and majority identities. If the problem of the 20th century was the color line, perhaps it can be said that the problem of the 21st century is the sexual one? As time has marched on, the problems of the gay rights movement have begun to look more like those of the Civil Rights Movement. We have a contentious court decision approaching on what it means to be married, a growing infrastructure of hierarchical activist organizations and protest

marches that fill the streets of the nation’s most populous cities in an effort meant to invade the boob-tube homes of millions as much as it is to invade the channels of Washington. Our message has dramatically evolved in the past decade as GLBT people as a whole come to realize that our existence relies on the same “double-consciousness” that DuBois wrote about long ago. We exist as a group of people constantly living from the outside looking in, regardless of whether or not we wear our sexuality on our sleeves. We deal with the glares of onlookers as we hold hands with our significant others, as we raise children and as we don fashionable garments that – to my continuously baffled mind – somehow make us “eccentric” or “metro” rather than simply “stylish.” This poses the ever-lingering minority question of whether a person should identify as a member of the GLBT community or as an American. But really, why should we have to choose? Though many in the political world take great joy in painting a “them and us” scenario, the image of progress comes from a picture in which these lines are finally blurred, and ultimately erased. The culture of the GLBT community is not so unlike the mainstream culture of America in its inherent values. As a result, it’s almost offensive to see pundits publicly treat the GLBT

community as if it is embarrassingly “un-American” or unrepresentative of what it means to be wholesome and properly educated. The GLBT community may not be able to boast sorrow songs or a geographic culture to point to in its history, but it does have a collective flair to it that persists and strengthens in the modern world. While the AfricanAmerican community entertained with Harlem minstrels, we entertain with drag-queen divas. While the AfricanAmerican community has Chris Rock, we have Joan Rivers. And on a perfectly serious note, do I even need to point out the level of GLBT involvement in the arts? Yes, if the gay rights movement is indeed going to continue chugging along down the pathway toward equality, we are going to have to not only embrace our cultural identity in the same admirable way the African-American community once did, but we are also going to have to take things a step further. DuBois once advocated for the “Talented Tenth,” an ideal scenario that involved the education of African-Americans in liberal arts in order to lift up the remaining nine-tenths of the community. This same tactic should be looked to and employed by the GLBT movement going forward, only recognizing that emphasis on one segment of a community doesn’t – and shouldn’t – mean the downfall of the rest of a community. The popular “greatest good for the greatest number” phrase in-

“The GLBT community may not be able to boast sorrow songs or a geographic culture to point to in its history, but it does have a collective flair to it that persists and strengthens in the modern world.”

stantly comes to mind. I recall an impactful moment in 2008 during a school board meeting in my Pennsylvania hometown, where a gay man bravely, and largely unprompted, spoke up in defense of a proposed Gay-Straight Alliance, acknowledging his own sexuality and standing behind it in spite of dirty looks and assured long-term backlash. He spoke as an educated man with compassion, with dignity and with his own sense of Americanism. Looking back, I admire the man more than I realized at the time, and his courageousness still strikes me as the leading example of how the GLBT community should treat its role as Americans and people of the world. To educate ourselves, to “put ourselves out there,” is to educate the world. GLBT persons shouldn’t shun their culture for a better public relations message or water down their arguments for the sake of molding to the mainstream, we should look to our backgrounds as GLBT people and see them for what they really are: indicators of soul. Brandon Baker can be reached at brandon.baker@temple.edu.

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McCarthy goes undrafted, hopes to keep playing Kristen McCarthy hopes to continue her basketball career. JAKE ADAMS The Temple News Senior guard Kristen McCarthy sat at home in La Puenta, Calif. with family waiting to hear those words. But they never came. McCarthy watched the Women’s National Basketball Association’s 2012 draft expecting to hear her name called, but never did. “I’ll just continue to work out, hopefully get a training camp invite,” McCarthy said. “I feel that all I need is the chance […] Basketball is my dream.” McCarthy now must entertain the options of a WNBA training camp invite, heading to Europe to play professionally or moving on to coaching. In her four years McCarthy established herself as “one of the best players to ever play here at Temple, if not the best besides Candice Dupree, obviously,” said senior guard Shey Peddy, who was selected 23rd overall by the Chicago Sky at the WNBA Draft. McCarthy averaged 12.4 points in 131 games, grabbed 713 rebounds (9th all-time), re-

corded 209 steals (8th all-time) and is in the Top 10 in several other categories. She also owns the top single-game scoring record with 42 points against Charlotte two years ago. “She never takes a day off,” Peddy said. “She comes to practice, weight room, whatever it is, she gives 110 percent. And it’s rare to find. I know sometimes I take plays off.” But what brought the selfdescribed “Cali girl” all the way out to the East Coast for four years, with its snowy winters and lack of her favorite Mexican food? “I just wanted to come to the East Coast and just experience something different,” McCarthy said. “Something just changed in me [sophomore year of high school], I don’t know what.” While she adjusted well on the floor – fourth in school history in scoring with 1,619 points – she never quite got the hang of Philadelphia. “She always complains about how it’s 80 degrees back at home,” Peddy said, making fun of her teammate. “If you want to come to the East Coast this is what you get over here.” Thankfully for the Owls basketball isn’t played outdoors. McCarthy is the second of five children, and the only one playing college sports. McCar-

Defender strives to spark lacrosse League after her junior year was followed up by a senior season that resulted in second team All-Suburban League DREW PARENT honors and recruiting looks The Temple News from Temple. Soon enough, she was a starting defender for For senior defender Lau- the Owls. ren Caminiti, a North Penn “It’s definitely a dream High School product, playing come true for me playing collegiate lacrosse on the Divi- here,” Caminiti said. “I love sion-I level was something she it and it’s awesome to feel this once dreamed about. way every day and to play la“I never thought I’d ever crosse on this level. I’m very play Division-I lacrosse,” thankful to come out and play Caminiti said. “Never in a mil- every day here and I love playlion years.” ing with this group of girls. I A starter for all of her four wouldn’t be who I am today collegiate years, Caminiti has without them.” established herself as one of Rosen, who is in her fifth the top defenders for the Owls year of coaching, has seen and as a key influence both on Caminiti develop as an Owl. and off the field. “Her confiCaminiti has dence has contintaken the role of ued to grow,” Rosen leader on the lasaid. “She has becrosse team in come a much more stride. composed player in “I guess I the way she goes consider myself about things on the a leader,” Camifield. niti said. “I’m a “She’s always pretty passionate been an aggressive Bonnie Rosen / coach player. I try to be on-ball defender,” the emotional leader and with Rosen added. “She’s learned communication on the field. how to balance that with good I like to think that my team- containing defense as she’s mates look up to me.” gone through her career at Caminiti has also led by Temple and it’s made her an example. Her 14 ground balls excellent all-around defender.” rank fifth on the team and her Temple (8-7, 2-3 A-10) seven caused turnovers rank last won the lacrosse title when third. She also earned the At- Caminiti was a senior at North lantic Ten Conference Defen- Penn in 2008. Now in her sesive Player of the Week honor nior season at Temple, Camiduring Feb. 20 to 26 in which niti is looking to help Temple she collected six ground balls capture its sixth program title. and caused two turnovers. “We’re an experienced “[Caminiti] is one of our team,” Caminiti said. “We leading defenders and by far have nine seniors in our evthe vocal leader on our team,” eryday lineup, that’s a lot of coach Bonnie Rosen said. “She experience there. This is our is quite the emotional player year, and we’re ready to take and a big key to keeping the [the title].” defense going and staying ag“This has been one of my gressive. She’s been a critical better years,” Caminiti added. aspect to our defense all year.” “I couldn’t play as well as I “Leadership helps every- have been without this group where,” Rosen added. “Every- of girls around me and their one knows if [Caminiti] is on support. I’d like to think that the field or not. That’s the type I’m going to keep on this roll, of impact she has. Her team- but they deserve all of the mates look to her to set the credit.” tempo and be the leader.” Caminiti began improving Drew Parent can be reached during her time at North Penn at andrew.parent@temple.edu. High School. An honorable mention in the All-Suburban

Lauren Caminiti is a leader for lacrosse.

“[Caminiti]’s been a critical aspect to our defense all year.”

thy began dribbling a ball when she was 5 years old, and quickly developed into a playmaker. When the time came she looked at the University of California, Rutgers and Temple. She chose Temple because of former coach Dawn Staley. But when Staley left for South Carolina and Tonya Cardoza was hired a few months before McCarthy’s arrival McCarthy decided to ask for her release from Temple. Cardoza was unavailable for comment. “[Cardoza] had said one reason why she didn’t release is because I took the time to come all the way out here,” McCarthy said. “And she said she saw how I was interacting with the teammates and stuff and she just felt in her heart that I liked it here.” McCarthy fit in immediately, averaging 8.6 points per game on her way to the Atlantic Ten Conference All-Rookie Team and Big 5 Rookie of the Year in her first season. McCarthy missed her family, but quickly made Philadelphia her second home and decided against transferring after her freshman year. “I just really enjoyed everything,” McCarthy said. “I think how I am, anyway, I’m going to enjoy anywhere that I am. But I was just comfortable.” Her junior year McCarthy teamed with Wright State trans-

fer Peddy, becoming one of the most dangerous duos in the conference. “She made my transition coming here a lot smoother,” Peddy said. The pair averaged a combined 25.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in their first season together, as the Owls lost in the A-10 semifinals. “She’s not cocky at all, I think that’s what separates her from everybody,” Peddy said. “[McCarthy] is good, everybody knows she’s good, but she still works as if she’s the worst player on the team.” While Peddy averaged 17.6 points per game on her way to A-10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year this season, McCarthy quietly worked her way up the record books, and drew interest from the WNBA. McCarthy struggled down the stretch, however, averaging just 8.4 points and 4.4 rebounds in five postseason games. She was disappointed to leave Temple without an A-10 championship. McCarthy moved on, however, working out to prepare for her pro career. She also attended the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association “So You Want To Be A Coach” program during the women’s NCAA Final Four.


Kristen McCarthy remains hopeful that she will continue to play basketball after not being selected in the WNBA draft. But her coaching days will remain on hold for a while as she hopes for a training camp invite in the WNBA or an invitation to play in Europe. “It’s been a good experience, a good ride,” McCarthy

said. “I think I’m definitely ready to move on to the next step, just continue playing and everything.” Jake Adams can be reached at jake.adams@temple.edu.

Swavola adds unique twist for Owls Charlotte Swavola provides chemistry for lacrosse. MARK MCHUGH The Temple News Charlotte Swavola propels her 5-foot 2-inch frame down the middle of the field with a composed ferocity, searching for open teammates and inducing life into the crowd. On the lacrosse field, the junior midfielder is easy to notice. The Cheltenham, Pa. native sticks out by having a hairstyle that is habitually separated into three braids. But Swavola’s hairdo is not a fashion statement. It’s a reminder of her hard work, talent and achievements, and a boost of confidence when nerves or doubts threaten her mind. Each braid represents a year of Division-I competition. Now in her junior year, she can boast three braids for three years of experience. Swavola said she developed the ritual her freshman year when the thought of going head-to-head with Division-I athletes was intimidating and frightening. “It’s subtle...but it’s a nice pre-game reminder that I deserve to be here,” Swavola said, who has scored 16 goals this season. Recently, Swavola was named the Atlantic Ten Con-

ference Offensive Player of the Week for games played between March 12 and March 18. During that span, she lead the Owls to a dramatic, 11-9 comeback victory against Delaware on March 17, in which she scored three goals with an assist, including the game-tying score early in the second half. “My personal success was the direct result of my teammates’ effort. The whole team fought for that game [against Delaware]. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to finish a few shots,” Swavola said. “Receiving this accolade demonstrated one of our principles, that we work for each other,” she added. The chemistry that binds her teammates and herself is so strong, in fact, that she said she is often humored in the huddles. “When we get on a run, it’s almost funny,” she said. “We’ll get into the huddle and just be joking and laughing. It’s great energy and it makes it fun.” Aside from the hard work of her teammates, Swavola is aided by her own startling speed and savvy on the field that make her one of the fan favorites and a nightmare for opponents. Her aggression and competitiveness help make up for her small stature. However, living up to her unselfish demeanor, she attributes her skills to the coaches


Charlotte Swavola wears hair braids to symbolize experience. and mentors that have guided her along the way, and is modest regarding her physical gifts. “If you were to break it down to individual attributes, like size, speed or strength, I’d be nothing special in the world of lacrosse players,” Swavola said. “A lot of what has made me successful has been from experience, specifically being taught. Fundamentals are something I could master on my own...but those team concepts took a lot of work from outside sources.” Swavola said she hopes to

finish the season strong and gain some momentum before hopefully making the A-10 tournament, which begins with the semifinals on Friday, April 27, in Richmond, Va. “We just have to keep working, keep improving and find new ways to challenge ourselves and thus our opponents,” Swavola said.

take off, but you don’t see it too often,” Mobley said. Although Dubrow said she had some worries about her first year of college, they’ve mostly been eliminated since crosscountry season ended. The outdoor track and field season has been different for her. “Now, I’m racing at a high level, but I’m expecting a lot more of myself,” Dubrow said. “Even though I’m at this point, I expect a lot more, and I want to be racing a lot faster for things like conference meets.” The Owls broke another school record at the Florida Relays as sophomore Ambrosia Iwugo, freshman Michelle Davis Timothy, junior Isatta Kenneh and junior Tonney Smith competed in the 1,600-meter sprint medley relay, earning a

season-best time of 46.95 seconds. Last weekend at the Patriot Open Invitational, sophomore Taylor Goldsworthy smashed a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with her time of 11:41.44, good enough for third place overall in the event. Dubrow hopes that the team’s recent success can serve as a stepping stone toward winning the conference by continuing their effort to “race with heart.” “We can’t just go out there and race,” Dubrow said. “We need to be really competitive and believe that we can win. All kidding aside, we have the talent to do that.”

Mark McHugh can be reached at mark.mchugh@temple.edu.

Women’s track surges in past two meets The women’s track team broke two 30-year-old records. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News The talent of the women’s track and field team was on full display at the Florida Relays and the Patriot Open Invitational. In an event that featured national competition, freshman Jenna Dubrow broke a 30-yearold school record for the 1,500-meter run at the Florida Relays, with a time of four minutes, 36.17 seconds on April 6 at the University of Florida. The next day, freshman Margo Britton placed second in the women’s shot put event, breaking a separate 30-year-old record

with a mark of 15.06 meters. Later in the week, Britton was named the Atlantic Ten Conference Rookie of the Week for her efforts at the Florida Relays. She lived up to her title at the Patriot Open Invitational, earning a first place finish in the discus throw, besting out 21 other competing athletes, on Saturday, April 14, at George Mason University. Britton’s performance broke yet another school record with her 156-foot 10.28-inch mark. Coach Eric Mobley said he was excited with how the team is progressing, and the way Dubrow and Britton exemplify just how well the program is succeeding as a whole. “It’s kind of rare to see freshmen succeed like that. You want them to come in and just

Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@temple.edu.



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for 40 yards on five carries for the Cherry squad and won the spring award for the offense’s most improved player, brings versatility to a fractured Temple backfield that lost the program’s most prolific running back in Bernard Pierce to the National Football League draft this offseason. “[Fitzpatrick will] be involved in everything,” coach Steve Addazio said. “He’ll be in and out of the backfield. He’ll be catching routes underneath. He’s dynamic, fast, explosive, he can stop on a dime. I’m very impressed with him. He’s an explosive guy.” “Matthew Brown and Jalen Fitzpatrick. No. 2 and No. 5,” Brown said is all that there is to know about the new-look Temple backfield. Fitzpatrick, a Harrisburg, Pa. native, passed for 1,743 yards and 17 touchdowns and rushed for 1,116 yards as a senior at Harrisburg High School. He came to Temple as a part of Addazio’s first recruiting class after competing in the 2011 Big 33 Football Classic ranked as a two-star prospect by Rivals. com. Behind five quarterbacks on the depth chart, Fitzpatrick was converted to wide receiver in his first year. Fitzpatrick played in 11 games on the special teams unit and was one of five true freshmen to see game action. “My expectations coming

in were literally doing anything to help our team win,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s still my goal, to play anything they want to do to help the team. If they put me at quarterback, I’d do that again, too. My progression has been to get better at anything they put me at.” “I was just happy to play,” Fitzpatrick added. “Coach Addazio took a chance on me and let me play. I was just happy for the opportunity.” With Pierce and Brown providing one of the best onetwo punches at running back in the country and a receiving corps chock full of upper classmen, Fitzpatrick’s versatility has been tucked away until this season. Addazio said after the Cherry and White scrimmage that the offense will do whatever it can to get the ball into Fitzpatrick’s hands. “I’m really excited about our running backs,” Addazio said. “[Fitzpatrick] is a very exciting guy. He’s an electric player that can play an inside receiver/tailback [position]. We didn’t really utilize him [Saturday] the way we probably will utilize him.” Addazio has a history of using players who can do multiple things in a spread offense. Tim Tebow was the leading passer and rusher in Addazio’s offense at Florida for three straight years, and a Fitzpatrick comparison to Gators’ sophomore running back Trey Burton, who had 32 catches, ran for 349 yards

and threw the ball in Addazio’s last year at Florida, wouldn’t be unreasonable. Bottom line: Fitzpatrick fits right into what Addazio likes to do. “We’ve been working on me doing a lot of things,” Fitzpatrick said. “We’ve been working on me catching the ball, blocking, running the ball and doing a lot of things. I’m looking forward to the fall.” Junior quarterback Chris Coyer said Fitzpatrick’s playmaking ability complements Brown’s aggressive style. “We have [Brown] who gives all that energy and is a great pure running back who reads so well and then we have [Fitzpatrick] who is learning all of that stuff, but has that receiver feel to him as well,” Coyer said. “It’s great to have him coming out of the backfield, moving out of the slot and all over the place. He’s going to be a good player for us.” “[Fitzpatrick] is really coming along, he’s a good player,” Brown added. “I feel good that there’s a player behind me that can basically do all the things that I can do.” Despite Pierce’s departure, the Temple backfield can still make a lot of noise this season with Brown and Fitzpatrick – just expect varied tones and volumes. Joey Cranney can be reached at joseph.cranney@temple.edu.

a school where attendance was really high, whether the field is on campus or not,” women’s soccer coach Matt Gwilliam said. “But the relationships the kids have made with the local Ambler area through volunteering with soccer camps and such things has brought people from the area to our games.” With Ambler being outside of Philadelphia, the campus also provides athletes with a place of recluse. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Bradbury agrees that the suburban setting provides a getaway from a hectic day in the city. Along with a lack of student representation, Ambler’s off-campus location affects recruiting. “I think [Ambler’s location] does deter possible recruits sometimes because they would rather play somewhere that has a field on Main Campus,” Bradbury said. Most recently, the softball team lost a recruit to the University of Connecticut. Though many of the schools in the Big East have facilities for Olympic sports on their main campus, not all do. Cross-town rival Villanova plays their baseball games in Plymouth Township. Villanova

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Sophomore wide receiver Jalen Fitzpatrick won the Offensive Most Improved Player Award for the football team this spring.


Athletic Director Vincent Nicastro said that Temple’s situation isn’t all that uncommon. “I think you will find a fairly wide range of facility locations across the Big East membership, as there are a number of diverse institutions that are rural, suburban, urban and et cetera,” Nicastro said. But even with the Big East holding a diverse membership, few members are as situated as Temple is, in the heart of North Philadelphia. DiPietro said that all coaches would agree that although home fields on Main Campus would be nice, the Ambler fields provide fantastic facilities and a true place to call home. “I think any coach would agree that a field on Main Campus would be nice, but it isn’t the cards we’ve been dealt,” DiPietro said. “There are pros and cons to everything, and [at Ambler] we have gorgeous fields and facilities to play at.” Colin Tansits can be reached at colin.tansits@temple.edu.


The softball team plays its home games at Ambler Campus. The Owls are 6-6 at home this year and 17-17 overall.

Sophomore hurdler shines for men’s track Josh McFrazier led men’s track at the Florida Relays. AVERY MAEHRER The Temple News When the men’s track and field team headed down south recently to take part in the Florida Relays, sophomore Josh McFrazier was a standout for the Owls. He raced the 110-meter hurdles, turning in an Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America qualifying time of 14.33 seconds. The New Brighton, Pa. native finished 31 out of the 54 athletes in the event. The meet,

which took place on April 6 to 7 at the University of Florida, featured universities from all across the country. McFrazier said he wasn’t particularly pleased with his performance. “[The Florida Relays] wasn’t what I wanted it to be,” McFrazier said. “The track was nice, and it felt good. But I didn’t have the race I wanted.” But coach Eric Mobley said McFrazier is showing improvement compared to last season and is pleased with the hurdler’s efforts so far this season. “I’m very impressed with [McFrazier],” Mobley said. “He’s kind of matured a bit from his freshman year. He’s re-

alizing the talent that he has and he’s just trying to take it to the next level.” Freshman Cullen David set a new personal best time in the 1,500-meter run and finished 18 out of 39 runners. Then, in the second day of competition, Davis, McFrazier, senior Louis Parisi and junior Dylan Pensyl participated in the 1,600-meter sprint relay squad, posting an IC4A time in their sixth-place finish. Sophomore Gabe Pickett also posted an IC4A qualifying mark of 14.55 meters in the triple jump. On the whole, Mobley said he was content with how the team competed in what was the team’s biggest test of the season

Foley takes to admin Kristen Foley adapts after switch to administrator.

Ambler fields helps and hurts the Owls with no actual seating. Before moving to Ambler, the Owls baseball and softball teams played at Erny Field, which now hosts Arcadia University baseball. Altogether, the four teams had fields that could hardly be called a home. Though the move to Ambler in 2004 didn’t bring the four teams to North Philadelphia, it unified them at a common place. “The facilities are gorgeous, with the field house and natural grass surfaces,” men’s soccer coach David MacWilliams said. Although the Ambler fields boast up-to-date facilities and well-maintained fields, having a home field 16 miles from Main Campus creates pros and cons. The distance from Main Campus creates a situation where student support for the teams is very limited. “We don’t really have any student participation at games,” softball coach Joe DiPietro said. “That makes it kind of hard sometimes.” Although Ambler’s location deters student representation, the local Ambler community has emerged to support Temple athletics. “I have never coached at


thus far. “We had some really good performances,” Mobley said. “We just missed a couple school records. [Senior] Brian Littlepage did really good making it to the finals in the discus. Our men’s [1,600-meter relay] had one of the fastest times since I’ve been coaching here. So, on the whole, I’d say it was a really good weekend for us.” On Saturday, April 14, the team traveled to George Mason University to take part in the Patriot Open Invitational. Before the meet, Mobley expressed a desire for some different athletes to “step up.” That’s exactly what he got. Sophomore Philip Fanz

shined with a first place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, earning a new personal best time of 9:18.41. Pickett, sophomore Darryl McDuffie and senior Tim Malloy also punched in some strong efforts, with Pickett and McDuffie earning new personal bests in their respective events. The team will travel to Princeton University next weekend for the Larry Ellis Invitational, which will serve as the precursor for the anticipated Penn Relays, which will be held, April 26 to 28. Avery Maehrer can be reached at avery.maehrer@temple.edu.

Many college coaches develop a love for the game they teach at a young age. They played their sport as children, then in high school and maybe in college or professionally. Then one way or another, they become a coach as a way to stay connected to their passion. But when the time comes to stop coaching it’s not easy, unless leaving isn’t so much leaving as transitioning. That’s exactly what former women’s basketball coach and current Senior Women’s Administrator Kristen Foley did. “I wasn’t as successful as I wanted to be as a coach,” Foley said. Foley coached Temple from 1995 to 2000, posting a 45-93 record. In 2000, Temple and Foley mutually agreed to part ways but she was brought back shortly after as an administrator. Now she’s one of two remaining members of former Athletic Director Dave O’Brien’s staff, and took an uncommon path – a former coach turned administrator. “This is more of a profession, it’s more of a skill set that isn’t necessarily related to having been a head coach or an assistant coach [anymore],” Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw, who arrived in 2002, said. Foley’s departure from coaching meant the arrival of former coach Dawn Staley, the program’s all-time winningest coach. “The move to [Staley] was just a no-brainer,” Foley said. “The opportunity to bring a big name, an Olympic medalist, just a great player and somebody who had been in the WNBA, just really was an opportunity to bring the program to another level.” It’s rare that a current coach works with an administrator who was the previous coach. Staley had never coached before and Foley was fresh out of the locker room. Foley helped Staley with things from player management to budgeting. The two worked well together, and the Owls eventually captured three consecutive Atlantic Ten Conference championships. “[Foley] knows what it is for the coaches, what they have to experience, the NCAA rules, budgets, the interactions with student athletes, with parents,” Bradshaw said. When Staley left for South Carolina in 2008, Foley led the recruiting committee that hired Tonya Cardoza, since led the Owls to NCAA Second Round appearances in 2010 and 2011. Foley currently oversees Temple’s women’s sports. She calls herself an “assistant coach” to the coaches and Bradshaw, helping them with whatever they need. While Bradshaw called Foley “invaluable,” she remains humble. “You don’t bring [Staley and Cardoza] along at all,” she said. “I kind of go along with them. It’s more of a supportive role and you kind of hang on their coattails.” For the rest of the story, go to temple-news.com/sports.


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The Chicago Sky select Shey Peddy in the second round.




Senior guard Shey Peddy becomes the women’s basketball program’s third player to be drafted into the WNBA. throughout basketball. Just to have the chance to play with these legends almost, it’s definitely a great feeling for me.” Peddy joins former forward Candice Dupree, drafted sixth overall in 2006 by the Sky before being traded to the Phoenix Mercury in 2010, and Kamesha Hairston, taken 12th overall by the Connecticut Sun

in 2007, as the only Owls drafted by the WNBA. Texas A&M guard Sydney Carter was also drafted by Chicago, who finished 14-20 last season. “We’re all really happy for her,” coach Tonya Cardoza said in a press release yesterday. “I know how much she wanted this.”

“[Sky coach] Pokey Chatman is a great coach and there’s lots of good talent there,” Cardoza added. “They are looking for guards, they need guards, and this is a great opportunity for [Peddy].” Peddy ranks first in program history with 3.1 steals per contest and is ranked third alltime with a career average of

15.8 points per game. The Wright State transfer also posted the following career numbers, which all rank second in school history: 79.8 percent free throw percentage, 3.6 assists per game and a 37.4 percentage from behind the threepoint line. Jake Adams can be reached at jacob.adams@temple.edu.

New-look linebackers lead Owls’ defense Ahkeem Smith hopes to lead the defense. CONNOR SHOWALTER Sports Editor

When Jackie Krostek boards the yellow school bus outside of the Liacouras Center, she can’t help but wonder what the skit is going to be for the day. The junior midfielder, along with the rest of the women’s soccer team, come up with skits to pass time during their rides to Ambler Campus, where their home field is located. “We have lots of memories from riding on the bus,” Krostek said. “We do skits during the ride and have some fun.” Since 2004, the Owls’ baseball, softball and soccer teams have called Ambler Campus home. The spacious campus in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia has two soccer fields, a softball field, a baseball field and a stateof-the-art field house. Prior to 2004, all four teams played in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia. Temple’s soccer teams played at Temple Stadium, a field built in 1928 for the Owls football and soccer teams. By 2002, with only the Temple soccer teams using it, the stadium was reduced to a natural bowl


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After spending last season adjusting to a new position, redshirt-senior linebacker Ahkeem Smith, will look to perfect his mindset on defense. The former running back, who spent his first two eligible seasons in the backfield, said he expects the defense to rely on play making abilities instead of raw talent. Smith started one game last sesaon, while appearing in all 13 contests and recording 43 total tackles. This season the Owls have the task of replacing their defense’s leading tackler and former linebacker Stephen Johnson, along with sack specialists former defensive end Adrian Robinson and former linebacker Tahir Whitehead. “You can’t just depend on one person this year,” Smith said. “It’s going to be like a swarming defense.” Coach Steve Addazio said Smith has developed during spring practices. “Last year [Smith] was a little bit [of a], ‘deer in a headlight,’ sometimes that happens when you change a position,” Addazio said. “Now he’s really starting to learn how to play linebacker. He runs really well, he gets to the ball. He’s going to continue to improve.” At halftime of the Cherry

Ambler shapes athletics The Ambler Sports Complex poses pros and cons for teams.

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nervous Shey Peddy played on her phone and pretended not to have the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Draft on her mind. Peddy told The Temple News that she knew the WNBA’s Chicago Sky had been taking a look at her. When the 23rd overall pick in the second round came up, the former guard for the Owls became the third player in program history to join a WNBA team yesterday, April 16. “I worked so hard throughout my career and even just here at Temple, and just to know that it paid off and I made history at Temple as well is definitely an indescribable feeling,” Peddy said. The Atlantic Ten Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year recorded 1,045 points (1,899 career points) and 206 steals, which ranks ninth in program history. Peddy said she can’t wait to start training with her new team. “I’m really excited to join Chicago,” Peddy said. “Coach Pokey Chatman’s definitely one of the most well-respected coaches in the league, and even


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Sophomore Jalen Fitzpatrick looks to show his versatility.



Redshirt-freshman linebacker Nate D. Smith (far left) chases Temple quarterback Chris Coyer Saturday, April 14. and White scrimmage on Saturday, April 14, at Lincoln Financial Field, six players were awarded with spring honors, including Smith, who received the Defensive Most Improved Player Award. “I was actually surprised, I feel like we were all in there just learning and getting better,” Smith said. Smith will be joined by fellow linebacker junior Blaze Caponegro, who started eight

games at weakside linebacker last season and is the defense’s only returning starter. “I’m starting to take on a leadership role along with [Caponegro], he’s having a great spring, he’s like a veteran as well and [junior Gary Onuekwusi],” Smith said. “So we’re all trying to rally so we can get the defense right.” Other linebackers who will compete for time on the field this season include juniors

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Olaniyi Adewole and Sean Daniels, sophomore Praise Martin-Oguike, redshirt freshman Nate D. Smith and freshman Tyler Matakevich. Nate D. Smith and Matakevich each led their respective defenses in the scrimmage with 12 and 11 total tackles. Matakevich said he was able to learn the defensive scheme this spring by watching the veteran players, like Ah-

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keem Smith. “[Ahkeem Smith] has taught me so much so far,” Matakevich said. “Everyday I’m talking with him and we’re going over stuff. He’s teaching me everything pretty much. It’s nice having him and the older guys teaching me.” Connor Showalter can be reached at connor.showalter@temple.edu.

unior running back Matt Brown emerged from the locker room after he led the Cherry squad to a 17-10 win in Temple’s annual Cherry and White scrimmage on Saturday, April 14, and said to the media, “This is the man you need to interview right here, No. 5.” Brown was pointing to sophomore Jalen Fitzpatrick, whose position can’t clearly be identified because he can do so many different things on offense. Fitzpatrick is listed as a wide receiver, but played quarterback in high school and will see time as a tailback in the upcoming season. Fitzpatrick, who rushed

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