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DROPPING THE BALL The Temple News explores the university’s place in the Big East from 1991 to 2004, what led to its 2001 exit and Temple’s recent re-entry. PART ONE OF TWO
JOEY CRANNEY BRIAN DZENIS The Temple News
ohn Chaney had never spoken at a Board of Trustees meeting before. The legendary coach who led the men’s basketball team for 24 years was called in front of the board at a meeting on March 13, 2001, less than two weeks after it was announced on March 1, 2001, that the Big East Conference voted to kick Temple out as a football member for not meeting standards outlined by the conference. Chaney was asked to give the President’s Report in place of President David Adamany, who took over for former President Peter Liacouras in August 2000. Chaney remarked that the Big East had treated Temple, a football-only founding member, in a mean-spirited way and that the conference has a history of disrespecting the university. While Chaney’s frustrations with the Big East were understandable at the time, the people most responsible with improving the university’s relationship with the conference were sitting in the room with him. Through a compre-
OPINION OPEN MINDED, p.4 Lauren Hertzler argues the importance of gaining exposure outside of likeminded areas.
hensive look at records and legiate athletics. multiple interviews, The A DECADE OF DECLINE Temple News found that the In 1990, the Big East Big East’s ongoing concerns began to sponsor Division with Temple were lost in the I football, and its inaugural shuffle in the transitional pe- season in 1991 had Temple riod between Liacouras and as one of the initial members. Adamany. In addition, the The Owls were competitive investigation found that Ada- in 1990 as coach Jerry Berndt many wasn’t as motivated led the team to a 7-4 record to improve in its final athletics as season as his predecesan indepensor. In 2004, dent before when a task entering the force was Big East, but created to something decide on the else was gofuture of the ing on that football team, year: a facAdamany ulty strike voted to disthat would band the prodamage the gram when it university’s needed him George Moore / finances for the most. senior vice president, the rest of the university counsel T h e decade. Big East re“We lost entrance looks bright for a quarter of our freshman Temple, which re-enters the class and that had an impact conference for football this for five or six years, so we season and all sports effec- didn’t have much in the way tive in 2013, and is a big ac- of financial resources. We complishment for the athletic were strapped,” said George department. But before the Moore, senior vice president turnaround, the university of university counsel and secstruggled to stay competitive retary to the Board of Trustin the Big East during the ees. “We had another down1990s to such a great extent turn in demographics from that it led to a conference for- ’94 to ‘95 and we had to have mally voting out one of its layoffs, so we didn’t have the members for the first – and money to invest in anything: currently only – time in the the campus, athletics or any102-year history of intercol- thing in the ‘90s.”
“We didn’t have the money to invest in anything: campus, athletics or anything else in the ‘90s.”
A&E GLBT PHILLY, p.9 The Pop Up Museum of Queer History comes to Philadelphia’s William Way Center.
SPORTS FIGHT BACK, p.18 In Part II, TTN continues to chronicle the reasons for Temple’s Big East exit and how it fought to re-enter.
BIG EAST PAGE 3 Illustration Lucas Ballasy
Community concerns have prompted many attempts to improve relations and the area. ANGELO FICHERA VALERIE RUBINSKY The Temple News As students increasingly pursue a more traditional college experience, Main Campus finds itself in the middle of accommodating an expanding university’s needs while maintaining a cordial relationship with those who call North Philadelphia home. The university estimates that the number of students living on or near Main Campus has tripled since 2002. Approximately 4,500 students currently live in university-owned housing on Main Campus, and another estimated 7,000 live near
Main Campus. For some community members, it’s an old story: Seeking an education in an urban environment, suburban students flocked to Main Campus. When campus housing couldn’t accommodate the influx of students, developers pounced on the opportunity to offer housing in the residential area surrounding campus. “The money came first. And then they came in, in a wave,” one resident said at a recent community meeting. But it’s the ripple effects – trash, noise and substance abuse, among others – that have prompted several efforts to take a serious look this year at what needs to be done to ease tensions and promote a more positive relationship between longtime residents and students. From a proposal to ban off-campus student housing to
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Survey release a longtime coming The GLBT needs survey, administered last Spring, is set to be public within a week. SEAN CARLIN Assistant News Editor After nearly a year and a half of waiting, Main Campus is set to see the results of a survey measuring the GLBT climate at Temple. William Bergman, vice president and chief of staff, said that the survey results will be released soon. The survey, first announced in Fall 2010, aimed to assess the needs of the GLBT community on Main Campus. The data was collected through a survey administered by Rankin & Associ-
ates Consulting in Spring 2011 and was received by the university in Fall 2012, Bergman said. “It would have been about November, December  we finally started to get a product,” Bergman said. “We disseminated it, we met with the diversity committee of the [Board of Trustees] and we shared with them the results, an overview of what we’ve found and they recently signed off on what we told them about and that’s why we’re ready to roll now.” Scott Gratson, director of the communications program and a GLBT advocate, said that the distribution of the data is far overdue. “We came back in August  and kept waiting to hear about the data,” Gratson said. “My concern with the data is
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Home robbery linked to drug possession Suspects robbed students’ house on the 1500 block of Page Street Sunday.
LIVING TURNING TASSLES, p.7 The Temple News profiles graduating seniors in a commencement-themed section.
In the arms race that is college football, Temple fell behind. The Owls kicked off a string of losing seasons and did not win a game against a Big East opponent until 1995. “Temple was in the Big East, but everything else wasn’t,” current football coach Steve Addazio, who was an assistant coach at Syracuse, a fellow Big East school, from 1995 to 1998, said at a recent board meeting. “Temple didn’t have what we had.” The budget, the practice facilities, the attendance, even a stadium to play in, were not up to par with Temple’s peers in the Big East. For a practice field, the team had to share a grass field adjacent to thencalled McGonigle Hall with the university’s other sports teams as well as Campus Recreation and individual students. “It is grossly inadequate,” Liacouras wrote about the field in a 1998 discussion paper about the football team. “Continuous and multiple use leaves it in poor shape and with unpredictable availability for safe football practices. No other [Division I] football program can make that statement.” The team also struggled with having a consistent home field, bouncing back
Neighbor relations a multi-level effort
AMELIA BRUST The Temple News Philadelphia Police reoprted an armed robbery that took place in a private apartment on the 1500 block of Page Street at 10 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Five Temple student occupants were robbed at gunpoint, but did not report any injuries, according to a TU Advisory issued yesterday, April 30. Philadelphia Police reported cell phones, cash and a “large amount” of marijuana was stolen from the house. One student occupant
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was arrested for possession of illegal drugs with the intent to deliver. Officer Tanya Little, of the Philadelphia Police Public Affairs Office, said drugs were the primary reason for the robbery. “Absolutely, this wasn’t a random Temple house,” Little said. “They knew what was in there.” Little added that the intruders “would have to have some kind of previous contact” with the occupants. Occupants at the house were unavailable for comment. Neighbor Steven Davis said he was home when the invasion occurred. “I was on the phone with my mom. Once I hung up with her, I came to look outKATE McCANN TTN side for a second and there Five Temple students were robbed Sunday night, April 29, when armed robbers entered the were police everywhere,” residence and stole money, drugs and cell phones.
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Home invasion targets drugs ROBBERY PAGE 1 Davis said. “I noticed that my neighbor from up the street was in the cop car. I thought maybe he was in trouble I didn’t know what was going on.” Davis said he had not heard of similar events happening on his block before. According to the TU Advisory the suspects were described as a “black male, 18-25 years old, tall, thin, navy windbreaker, Nike pants with a stripe and armed with a handgun; a black male, 18-25 years old, chubby build, black hoodie, armed with a handgun; a black male, light brown shirt, white lettering, waited outside of the location and then fled on foot with the offenders.” Once inside the house, Little said, one suspect went upstairs and “demanded money and drugs,” came downstairs and ordered the students to hand over cell phones. After leaving the house, one suspect was apprehended by police at North 16th Street and Montgomery Avenue after resisting officers. The suspect was unarmed and was carrying marijuana, which police confiscated. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to notify Temple Police by dialing 1-1234 from a Main Campus phone or 215-204-1234 from a non-campus phone. Amelia Brust can be reached at email@example.com.
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Advocates voice need for admin. outreach SURVEY PAGE 1 that it’s important to get this come out we’ll be able to tell information out to students, how students feel on campus, especially when students were how comfortable they are, how coming in, maybe away from safe they are and really deterhome for the first time, maybe mine what we need to be focusa new community for the first ing on and what we can do to time, et cetera.” change the climate on campus Megan Carter, president to make sure that everybody of Queer Student Union, also feels welcome and supported expressed frustration about the and safe on campus,” Carter fact that the data is being re- said. leased nearly a year after the Gratson added that the resurvey was conducted. sults of the data play a key role “If they’ve had the data in assessing the feeling that all this time it is GLBT stureally frustrating dents have tobecause if they’ve ward the clihad it all year, mate on Main that’s one of the Campus and things we could how the adhave focused on ministration as an organizacan address tion,” Carter, a the needs of sophomore comthe commumunications manity. jor, said. “ T h e The admindata has to be istration, who published so distributed the that we can Scott Gratson / pull survey Spring things 2011, aimed to director of communications studies out that Temget participation ple is doing from 1,000 people, but the ac- well and tweak to make them tual number of participants was even better and to directly much higher, Bergman said. confront that which has not “The survey is obviously been doing well, but I think an extremely important docu- that those data have to become ment for us. The LGBTQ com- available for us to make cogent munity is a very important part decisions on how to move forof the overall university com- ward,” Gratson said. “That call munity,” Bergman said. “When has gone out from a variety of we put this survey out, we were people over the years, obvihoping…to get 1,000 people to ously myself included as well respond, we got almost 3,000 as members from QSU.” people to respond.” The results of the survey Although Carter said she will be distributed through a was frustrated by the delay in website, Bergman said, which releasing the data, she said that will display the data in-full. the data will help QSU focus “What we want to do is in on the needs of their members a short period of time put the and the GLBT community on entire survey out and we’re goMain Campus. ing to announce when we do it, “Based on what results we’ll put it up on the website so
“There’s been no outreach to LGBTQ students as far as recruiting is concerned. Good luck trying to find a rainbow.”
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Counseling services catered for GLBT students offer the population an outlet on campus. the entire community can have access to it,” Bergman said. “We’re also looking to have a website that will provide additional information.” While the results of the data have yet to be released, Gratson said that there is a definite need to improve the experience of GLBT students at Temple. Gratson said that Temple’s outreach to GLBT students pales in comparison to that of other institutions in the area. “I believe compared to our peer institutions that Temple could do a lot more for outreach to LGBTQ students and potential LGBTQ students. There’s been no outreach to LGBTQ students as far as recruiting is concerned. Good luck trying to find a rainbow,” Gratson added. Carter added that a depart-
ment devoted to GLBT students at Temple would be helpful to students on Main Campus. “It would be helpful if there was a department or office or somebody who is a main point of contact for specifically addressing LGBT needs on campus,” Carter said. Bergman said the data, while still not announced, showed that Temple offers numerous outlets for GLBT students on Main Campus. “The fact of the matter is one of the things that the survey showed is the university has a great deal of assets relative to this, but the city of Philadelphia also has a great deal of assets that people utilize, too,” Bergman said. “So, what we want to do is make sure that we have one location that people can go to and see all the resources that are available.”
While Gratson said that Temple lags behind its peer institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, he added that it may also lag behind even elementary schools. Gratson cited the National Day of Silence as an example of lack of involvement with GLBT issues. “I saw students in fifth grade and every faculty and staff member, wearing a rainbow ribbon,” Gratson said. “I then came on this campus and I was wearing a large rainbow pocket square. I looked desperately on this campus. I went near the Bell Tower, I went walking near the Student Center, I was walking in buildings and there was nary a rainbow in sight.” Sean Carlin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next pres. to review task force findings before release COMMUNITY PAGE 1 a university task force, the subject of tense student-community relations has become a catalyst for change.
comes with the territory – even when complaints that normally would be handled by the city come across her desk. A once-retired officer, GETTING ACQUAINTED Bradley has been with Temple By title alone, the Office for nearly 40 years, which has of Community Relations would allowed her to develop ties with seem like the most vital link to community members. Her stoimproving Temple’s changing ried career includes anecdotes student-community relationof bringing residents and stuship. The three-person staffed dents together for block meetoffice is charged with serving ings or dinners at the Draught as a liaison between Temple and Horse, all in the name of buildits community. ing positive relationships. While the office links non“A very, profits to one very small peranother and to cent of students university reactually cause sources and problems in the student volunneighborhood,” teers, it shares Bradley, a partthe responsibilitime officer, ties of handling said. “Once I community visit the house concerns and and explain to complaints with them that some other areas of of these peothe university. Eileen Bradley / ple have been In cases of css captain of special services here for years, handling qualithey’ve been ty-of-life issues here for 30 years...[I] never hear or friction between residents from the students again.” and students, Campus Safety Bradley said students who Services takes the initiative, fail to comply after university Beverly Coleman, assistant vice warnings may be brought bepresident for community relafore the university disciplintions and economic developary committee under the Good ment, said. Neighbor Policy. “Campus Safety really “I consider us more than a takes the lead in terms of that, police department. I think we that’s their expertise, dealing have a partnership and we have with situations involving stuan obligation to this community dents and neighbors,” Coleman to try, in fact, to make it better,” said. she said. CSS Captain of Special Bradley said her ultimate Services Eileen Bradley said goal is to educate students behandling community relations
“A very, very small percent of students actually cause problems in the neighborhood.”
fore they move into the neighborhood, through talking to students in residence halls before they sign off-campus leases and by hosting the annual Welcome Wagon, an event aimed at building community relationships at the beginning of each year. Temple and its offices aren’t alone in trying to build a more positive relationship. Resident Edwina Rucker said she tries to establish relationships with student neighbors by acquainting them with her block, although sometimes to no avail. She added that doing so is an ongoing process. “Every time there’s a rollover of students, we have to implement that every time,” Rucker said. The Office of Community Relations doesn’t hold scheduled, open meetings for community members to voice concerns, but employees said that they’re ready to listen when residents call or visit the office. It does meet twice a semester with its Community Campus Council, which includes community representatives, employees said. Not long after City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed legislation in September 2011 that would have banned student housing in the area, President Ann Weaver Hart called for a task force to address community issues and concerns.
Chaired by Dean of Students Stephanie Ives, the Community and Student Issues and Concerns Task Force was a team assembled to gauge stu-
dent and community issues and develop recommendations to better approach them. Ives said she was unsure if the task force was in response to the housing-ban bill. Although the task force worked on a short timeline, presenting its final report to Hart in January, the findings have yet to be released. The report won’t be made public until a new president assumes Hart’s position and is given time to review and move forth with its recommendations, Ives said. “I think it’s only appropriate to allow a new president to take a look at the report and to hear from the task force about our work,” Ives said. Ideas stemming from the task force report include paid student block captains and an off-campus housing log. Ives said Temple is not mandated by law to implement a housing registry, but that students would be encouraged to volunteer the information. “You move frequently... so we just don’t have an idea of where you live,” Ives said. “And it’s not only for the behaviors off campus it’s for emergencies...[and] it’s for planning. How will we know what kind of retail restaurants and other amenities students may need and want based on population density if we don’t know that you’re here?” The task force included one community member and one landlord – local developer Herb Reid, who is also a prominent advocate of Clarke’s
After Clarke introduced the legislation to ban student housing, which he didn’t follow through with, he introduced plans for a special services district, now known as the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District. The proposal follows in the footsteps of a similar improvement district in Chinatown that fell short. But advocates for the NCNID maintain that the district will succeed because it doesn’t tax family homeowners – who therefore can’t vote for or against the district – but will still benefit them. Without being able to vote for or against the district, some longtime residents have claimed power is being handed off to out-of-town developers. Others contend that the improvements outlined by the district are a longtime coming. Although Temple officials are quick to note that misbehaving students referenced in the media are a minority, others seem more adamant that their overall presence has brought its fair share of problems in the neighborhood. “[I told landlords,] I’m getting a whole lot of heat from residents in these blocks, because these kids are out of control,” Clarke said at an April 19 community meeting. “The people that live here, have lived here all their lives...should not
have to pay for [the district,] they didn’t create the problem, they shouldn’t have to pay for the problem.” As NCNID and task force plans pend approval from their respective decision makers, most neighbors seem accepting of Bradley’s notion of learning to respectfully co-exist. Marie James of the 1500 block of Page Street, who has lived in the area for more than 60 years, said her street once consisted primarily of permanent residents. Now, she shares the street with transient students – and she said it’s all about doing just that. “They’re here. We got to live together,” James said. “That’s it.” Angelo Fichera and Valerie Rubinsky can be reached at email@example.com.
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Presidential turnover shifted athletic focus BIG EAST PAGE 1 and forth between Veterans Stadium and the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field. “We were third in line at Veterans Stadium behind the Eagles and the Phillies and especially with the Phillies, that created huge problems because they played a lot of games on a lot of weekends in the fall and if they got into the playoffs, then more would be scheduled,” Moore said. “So we were constantly being bumped and had difficulties scheduling our games and that was actually a big problem for the Big East.” These issues, combined with the Owls continuing to flounder on the field, led to poor attendance and the unspectacular revenues that came with it. According to NCAA attendance data in 1998, Temple ranked No. 101 out of 112 schools with an average home attendance of 15,127. The average home attendance for the Big East was 39,895. Temple lagged behind its conference peers who had larger budgets and the attendance and donor base to back it up. “I think we found ourselves in an environment where if you think about the schools in the Big East: Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia Tech, places like that, they were programs that had a much more immediate short-term tradition than we did,” Joseph “Chip” Marshall, a trustee on both the executive and athletic committees, said. “There were pretty significant investments made by those programs. So if you compared us with say with the number of dollars that we spend versus the number of dollars of Virginia Tech or Boston College, there was a pretty good disparity there.” “Naturally, because we didn’t have money to invest, we were like the poor little cousin in the Big East,” Moore said. “So we weren’t successful, we lost and when you lose, you don’t put fans in the stadium.”
ADDRESSING THE ISSUES
As the losses mounted, so did the Big East’s frustration with the university’s inability to field a competitive football team. Moore said Temple had been made aware of the Big East’s concerns throughout the late ‘90s.
“They did have what they called ‘qualification standards and criteria’ that they said you had to have,” Moore said. “One of those was you had to have a stadium. No. 2 was you had to average so many fans over a period of years and they wanted you to be competitive. They did have these benchmarks out there all along and they said, ‘Temple, you’re not meeting them.’” The Board of Trustees took a step toward solving the Big East’s issues with Temple in 1999. An athletics committee report at the March 9, 1999, board meeting revealed that trustee Arthur Raynes would chair a committee to build a training complex for the football team. In a related move, Liacouras announced that June that giving the football team its own field was a part of his “10 Challenges for ’99.” By the end of that year, the board passed a motion to build a practice facility for football on 11th and Diamond streets that would become Edberg-Olson Hall, the team’s current practice facility. “We built a new practice facility,” Bobby Wallace, coach of the football team from 19982005, said. “Our schedule was tough at that time with out-ofconference games mostly on the road. Attendance improved while I was there, though not like Virginia Tech, Boston College and Syracuse, places like that. I thought we were making improvements until we got kicked out.” Temple strung together back-to-back four-win seasons in 2000-01, the most wins in a season since entering the Big East. The university also agreed on principle to play in the new Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium, Lincoln Financial Field, which was to be completed in 2003. “The teams from the Big East at that time were strong,” Wallace said. “We were playing Miami when nobody was beating Miami. Syracuse was good with Donovan McNabb when we first got there. We beat them twice. Virginia Tech was a great team. Boston College was a great team. We were able to beat Rutgers four years in a row. I just think the timing was bad and I think it was obvious that
the financial budget and facilities weren’t equal to the other teams in the conference at that time.” “We were struggling, but we were building a practice facility,” Moore said. “We were trying to get a new stadium. We were trying to do things, we just hadn’t been able to accomplish anything because all the circumstances that surrounded Temple at the time.” Moore said Liacouras did his best to convince the Big East that Temple was trying to move in the right direction. “Peter Liacouras fought back pretty well and he presented Temple’s case and he did a good job of trying to let the Big East know what we were doing and that was all through the ‘90s,” Moore said.
LIACOURAS AND ADAMANY
George Moore tried to be fair when describing Adamany’s passion for athletics. “I don’t think [Adamany] had the same passion for Temple being in the Big East and continuing the struggle Peter Liacouras had,” Moore said. “When [Adamany] came in, his focus was more on improving the academic side of things and [athletics] wasn’t a passion of his like it was for [Liacouras].” During the crucial two-year period between when Temple began making a serious commitment to addressing the Big East’s concerns in the form of building a practice facility in 1999 and when the conference kicked Temple out in 2001, the university was in the midst of one of its most significant transitions in leadership since its inception. Liacouras, president of the university since 1981 and the man most responsible for shaping Temple’s image to the rest of the country, was stepping down. The university was hiring an outsider, Adamany, a Wisconsin native and former president of Wayne State University in Detroit, to take the spot Liacouras held for nearly 20 years. As far as athletics are concerned, Adamany was not the champion of the department that Liacouras was. The basketball arena on Main Campus dons the name of Liacouras, a true fan of the basketball and football team.
Liacouras saw Temple enter the Big East in football in 1991 and his presidency coincided with the tenure of men’s basketball coach John Chaney, the program’s winningest coach of all time. On the other hand, Adamany had no prior experience with Division I sports: Wayne State competes in Division II for football. Adamany said the football team was almost a lost cause when he first took his presidency. “There was a time when I thought it would be very hard to revitalize Temple football,” Adamany said. “It was a badly TTN file photos weakened program that needed After David Adamany assumed the university presidency, the new leadership.” focus shifted from athletics to academics. In 2004, Temple was Moore said Adamany’s officially disbanded from the Big East Conference. view of the football team was clouded by its near 10-year hisI was,” Adamany said. “I, of raised long before David Adatory of failure in the Big East. “When Adamany came in, course, attended all the games many was president and the Big we had been losing in football and entertained people in the East had concerns with us and for a long time and he’s look- president’s box, but I think I there was a pretty big disparity ing at that and saying ‘It’s go- was more concerned about the in our level of investment and ing to take a huge investment issue of academic quality in the their level of investment,” Marshall added. “I think it’s more to turn this thing around, we’ve university.” Marshall acknowledged complicated than saying we got academics to improve and that takes investment there, my that while Liacouras was more were kicked out of the Big East main passion and focus is not motivated to keep Temple in the because of [Adamany].” going to be saving this football Big East, it would be a stretch to Joey Cranney and Brian Dzenis program, which looks like it’s blame Temple’s Big East bluncan be reached at mired and going nowhere and der on Adamany. email@example.com. “I don’t know if it’s as necan get nowhere in a city like Philadelphia,’ so he just had farious as people make it out a different perspective and it to be,” Marshall said. “I just For Part II, “Fighting Back,” wasn’t the same as Liacouras,” don’t think we had enough time turn to Page 20. to have our program evolve to Moore said. Adamany said he did not where it is today. I think whoevstress the importance of athlet- er was going to be in that president’s role, there was going to ics as much as his predecessor. “I think [Liacouras] was be disappointment – look, I was much more interested in the role disappointed that we couldn’t of intercollegiate athletics than stay in the Big East.” “There were concerns
Owl Cards’ design to comply with voter identification law The new student ID cards will feature a vertical layout and expiration dates. AMELIA BRUST The Temple News Temple will issue new Owl Cards to students and faculty
during the 2012-13 school year to better accommodate the new state voter identification law. Upgrades include expiration dates and new electronic features. “We expect we will probably reissue returning students during the first week of the fall semester,” Scott Brannan, director of the Diamond Dollars office, said. New and transfer students will receive their Owl
Cards during orientation sessions. The voter identification legislation, which was signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett in March, requires voters to present a form of photo identification at polling stations before they are allowed to cast their ballot. Identifications without an expiration date – like the current Owl Cards – are not accepted by the law.
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Dylan Morpugo advocated for new Owl Cards to be issued after the voter ID law was passed. Temple will issue new cards to all students in the fall to comply with the law.
New Owl Cards will expire in September 2018. University policy requires new cards to be issued every six years. The most recent Owl Cards were designed in 2005. Barbara Dolhansky, associate vice president of Computer Services, said the voter identification legislation passed at the perfect time for Temple to add the date to new cards. “We hadn’t gone to print with the new cards yet,” Dolhansky said. “If we weren’t [printing an expiration date] we would need to come up with some kind of alternative.” Dolhansky cited Penn State’s issuing of stickers printed with expiration dates, which students can place on their university identification at their request. Penn State said in a press release that during the next three years, the stickers will be “phased out” when new cards are printed with expiration dates. New Owl Cards are allocated from the university’s operational budget. Anthony Wagner, executive vice president, chief finacnial officer and treasurer said in an email that the new cards is being done in conjuction with Temple’s regular card update. The cost will be between $225,000 and $250,000, Wagner said, noting that it did not
cost more to include an expiration date. They will also function as PNC Bank ATM cards, a decision Brannan said “PNC has wanted to do for many years,” given Temple’s relationship with the bank, as well as the number of PNC ATMs on Main Campus. “I think it made sense. A lot of students do take advantage… because they’re on our campus,” Brannan said. “You wouldn’t have to carry your ATM card,” Dolhansky added. The decision to update the cards was not approved by the Board of Trustees, Dolhansky said, but was given to President Ann Weaver Hart for approval. Brannan said the “biggest” new feature for the cards will be their wave technology design. Using new Owl Card technology will allow people to “tap and go” when entering a building or entering a Temple parking structure. At university food locations, students will be able to hold their cards near a sensor rather than be swiped in at a register. “I think it’ll improve customer service,” Brannan said. “Because it’s going to require additional hardware, we have to meet with Sodexo to see where they’re going to employ it.”
Brannan and Dolhansky said the wave technology would not reduce the number of cashiers or security personnel employed on campus, maintaining the technology is meant to require “less line time.” The new cards will be vertical, Dolhanksy said, with the picture on the bottom-left corner and an expiration date below it, “to make sure it looked different enough for security purposes.” While returning students will not be required to take new pictures, faculty and staff will have the option to retake photos. “There are a lot of employee photos that are very old…15 years or more,” Dolhansky said. Dolhanksy and Brannan said at the moment the plan to offer returning students a period of time to pick up new cards has not been finalized, although Brannan said new cards will not be mailed. Returning students and faculty will be required to present old Owl Cards and a second form of identification when receiving their new card. Dolhansky advised that students hold onto their old cards until the all new cards are activated simultaneously. Amelia Brust can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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resident Ann Weaver Hart’s successor has yet to be selected. A task force evaluating student-community issues and concerns won’t release its report until a new president reviews it. We’re also not sure why a survey testing the GLBT climate on campus concluded last spring, but is just set to be released this week. As the university ends the spring semester, The Temple News recognizes there are many questions left unanswered. Since being accepted as the next president of the University of Arizona in September, Hart has remained silent about her time at Temple and her future plans. The Temple News has requested an interview with the departing president multiple times, but has received virtually no response. And while Temple ends the year with a degree of uncertainty, we at The Temple News also wanted to point out the doors that have been closed this year – in a physical sense. Top officials at the university deliberate and negotiate decisions that affect students and faculty, with little to no input from those two groups. Most actions are made from behind closed doors – whether it’s to axe a major or build a new facility.
he Temple News would like to congratulate the class of 2012. Despite the doubtful outlook that economists predict 2012 college graduates will face, citing that one in two college graduates are jobless or underemployed, graduates should be proud of their accomplishments. Remember that in the face of adversity success can still be attained. With the confidence and character that Temple helps build during the years, students should be prepared to conquer whatever ambitions they may have. The Temple News would like to take an opportunity to reflect back on this year’s coverage that we pride ourselves on. The 2011-12 year has seen much progress at Temple. This year, through student and administrative activism, Temple was able to secure funding. In addition, Temple re-entered the Big East Conference, which is promising for the progression of Temple athletics. The Temple News has remained committed to covering issues that directly affect students as well as serving as a voice that is representative of Temple. Perhaps the biggest news that broke this year was the resignation of President
As the semester comes to an end, the Temple News would like to advocate for an open door policy. Often times, Temple generates a faux sense of public engagement. During executive sessions of the Board of Trustees, the holds short open meetings to the public before or after the real conversation is had. There is no way for students to formally address the board at its meetings, either. The task force this year operated in a similar fashion, meeting privately throughout the fall. None of its reports or findings were released. This model is the antithesis of an institution of freeflowing information that allows for any genuine dialogue. The university wrongly claims that students are represented in these types of private meetings by one or two representatives. It’s also impossible for a Temple Student Government president to represent the more than 36,000 students attending Temple. If Temple wants its students to advocate for money in Harrisburg, it should provide them with open ears in North Philadelphia. The Temple News advocates for more openness to students and their input at all levels of the university, and hopes that with new leadership will come more transparency. After all, it’s hard to expect doors to be open across the university when its president’s are shut.
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(Left) Sophomore Lionel Wilson competes in the 4x400 relay at the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. (Right) Sophomore Brianna Alvarez attempts the long jump. Both events took place from April 26 to 28.
POLLING PEOPLE Last week on temple-news.com, we asked: What are you doing this summer?
The Temple News would like to congratulate all graduates and remind students we are their voice. Ann Weaver Hart. The Temple News immediately addressed how this would affect students and worked extensively to answer questions that were left unanswered. Yet, we recognize that much more progress needs to be made in addressing issues that lack transparency. Additionally, the Temple News has covered issues that extend beyond Main Campus into the North Philadelphia community, demonstrating the importance of fostering community ties with local residents to facilitate prosperity and respect. While we were not supportive of District Councilman Darrell Clarke’s initiative to ban student housing around Main Campus, The Temple News has encouraged an open dialogue, in which administrators and the Temple community could actively participate to come to a compromise in which both the immediate and Temple community would benefit from. Overall, we want to continue to thank our readers for their support. After all, we are here to represent and address students concerns independent of administration. And to the graduates, we hope that wherever your endeavors take you that you will continue to stay tied to your alma mater and read The Temple News as a link to the university.
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Study cites Millennials’ desire for wealth For more see Sarae Gdovin’s article, “Financial stability is important but does not define us,” p. 5.
74.4% Of first-year college students surveyed between 2000 and 2009rated
“being very well off financially” as essential or very important.
70.8% Of first-year college students surveyed between 1979 and 1999 rated “being very well off financially” as essential or very important.
44.6% Of first-year college students surveyed between 1966 and 1978 rated “being very well off financially” as essential or very important.
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
SOMEONE ELSE’S OPINION
I KIERRA BUSSEY
As her tenure as opinion editor comes to a close, Bussey would like to encourage all students to speak out.
first took an interest in writing my opinions late my junior year. I’ve have always been an avid reader and writer, but I wasn’t always comfortable with sharing my views. I wasn’t open to the criticism or the judgment that I thought would follow. However, certain issues surfaced that I felt compelled to write about. I no longer saw my writing as a diary of my private thoughts, but as a way to communicate to others things I felt that needed to be said. And opinion writing, specifically, was an avenue where I was able to discuss my viewpoints, hoping that others too would become a part of the discussion. With that said I would like to encourage all students, from all backgrounds, regardless of your major to become a part of the discussion at Temple through opinion writing. My goal is not to recruit writers, but rather
stress the importance of having a representative student body that writes about issues pertinent to Temple’s community and our development while at Temple. The opinion section allows you to be subjective, rather than objective. Essentially, it’s an open platform where you can “set the record straight” according to your own ideologies and thoughts. While your opinion may not always be accepted by others, what’s important is that you offered another perspective that didn’t exist prior. The ability to effectively convey a strong written argument can have the potential to transform how others perceive the subject matter that you wrote about. It can have the potential to teach someone something new or erase prejudices. Not only is it essential that diverse perspectives be heard, but it creates and fosters understanding and awareness.
Capitalize on your right to freedom of speech. Everyone has something different to offer than the next person. We all come from different walks of life and experiences, and this inherently shapes our perspective on issues that affect our everyday life. However, by remaining voiceless about issues you feel very opinionated about or issues that you may feel are marginalized, allows others to remain misinformed, thus shaping views that misrepresent the issue itself. While it is not anyone’s responsibility to convince people to side with your particular view, it is important to put it out there as a possibility, which promotes creative thinking and analysis in a society that basically does not promote or teach one how to express themselves in this manner. We live in a quick sound bite, or less-is-more type of society. We rely upon others who distill in-
formation and then spoon feed it to us. However, a liberal arts institution is the perfect forum in which to engage in creative thought, analysis and writing. Inevitably, we all have our own biases, but at least when becoming a part of a discussion that sharing your opinion has facilitated, we somehow realize that there is more than one way of looking at any issue. A.J. Ayers, a British philosopher once said, “Nothing can be real if it cannot be conceptualized, articulated, and shared.” Hopefully, your opinion encourages people to become open minded. Maybe your opinion may ignite action, but at best it gives you the ability to express yourself as an independent thinker. Kierra Bussey can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open-mindedness is necessary in today’s society
n issue that shook the minds of most students from my suburban high school had me whaling with fury and downright confusion two weeks ago when Facebook statuses and Twitter feeds revealed Generation Y points against the Gay-Straight Alliance organization, an extracurricular club. I must have been living under a LAUREN rock before I saw the bigoted mesHERTZLER sages, one being along the lines of, taking East Penn High School Hertzler “I’m off my resume since it’s supportexplains a ing such a club.” While I actually hometown thought that my generation was supposed to be living in a revoluissue that tion of acceptance and tolerance for ultimately all kinds of people, thoughts and those types of messtresses the preferences, sages prove the exact opposite. importance I must say, I did strike back of getting with a Tweet or two and even deleted some “friends” caught in the out and act. I even attempted a conversaexperiencing tion with one of the culprits, who is considered a good friend, just life in a still trying to make sense of the issue. different way. And although I was careful with my words, I was able to realize that name-calling and ridicule doesn’t get anyone very far in such a controversial, passionate case coming from both sides of the argument. All I could do was sit back,
shed a few tears, vent with a few phone calls to Dad and try to forget about it. But that’s just it, I – a straight female living more than 100 miles away – couldn’t forget about it. Thus, as my opinion began to flourish on the topic of GLBT acceptance and tolerance in society today, I made a comparison to racism, which has developed through similar roots. When the majority of people feel threatened by minorities in society, it is common to try to keep everything the same and eliminate change. But, I think it is past time that society nips one of the last forms of bigotry in the bud, and starts providing basic fairness and rights to all citizens. The Federal Equal Access Act, which passed in 1984, attempts to do just that, allowing students the right to form Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in public schools that allow other extracurricular clubs. According to my hometown newspaper, the Patriot-News, which reported on the school board’s decision to admit the club, “Students requested the formation of the club to provide a safe school experience with an atmosphere of inclusion to each student.” This Gay-Straight Alliance
club will provide a secure outlet for students, both homosexual and heterosexual, an opportunity to talk about issues, voice their opinions and do civic work, just as the other numerous clubs made available at East Penn. It isn’t even asking for members of the area to accept people of the gay community, just for mere tolerance of a way of life in an area within a nation that boasts equal rights. Although the club didn’t pass the first time around, board members surely kept in mind the legal suit that could come about, and reversed the decision. When I compare the discrimination represented by some of the students from my high school to the experience of living in Philadelphia, with its own Gayborhood, and attending Temple, which provides a social norm of tolerance for diversity, I realized what a positive experience getting away can be. Attending Temple has exposed me to a wide variety of people, some even setting new stereotypes, but ultimately grounding my knowledge. I have been given the opportunity to make my own decisions instead of relying on how and where I’ve been raised. Most topics referring to prejudices never really meant anything
to me until I came to Temple. Here, I have been given the opportunity to sit in extremely influential lectures, study abroad, work closely with professors and other students and experience a city that is wellknown for its social diversity. The people I’ve met along the way, not one personality ever being the same, have shaped the person I am today mentally, emotionally and socially. One professor in particular, Matt Wray, an author, researcher and teacher of the History and Significance of Race in America, recommended I read “The Cosmopolitan Canopy” by American sociologist Elijah Anderson. Anderson makes a very clear point, referencing Philadelphia’s “cosmopolitan canopies,” or modern-day workplaces in particular, stating that, “through constant exposure, such environments can encourage common, everyday takenfor-granted civility toward others who are different from oneself.” As living proof of this statement, I believe it to the fullest and encourage everyone, especially people from like-minded areas, to do the same. Lauren Hertzler can be reached at email@example.com.
Financial stability is important but does not define us
Gdovin argues that a recent study citing that “our generation is more focused on making money” is not accurate.
e just want to be rich. While this may not be our only goal in life, it is how other generations view the Millennials. In a recent study by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology researchers compared attitudes of the current generation to those of previous ones. They surveyed students from San Diego State University and the University of Georgia about the importance of certain life and career goals. They determined that our generation is more focused on making money than on making a difference. These results are not representative of our generation. According to the article, “Compared to Boomers,” Millennials were less likely to have donated to charities, less likely to
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want a job worthwhile to society or that would help others, and less likely to agree they would eat differently if it meant more food for the starving. From what I have seen with this generation, I don’t believe this to be true. While we may have a smaller percentage donating to charities, it may be because we spend more of our time volunteering at charitable organizations, which was also proven in the article. The vague term of a “job worthwhile to society” is hard to decipher. Jobs are created for a reason, and I doubt that certain jobs would exist if they were not worthwhile. As for waste, college students are heavily involved with the green movement. Even Temple has large programs to reduce waste that many students partake in.
The study portrays wanting to be “financially well-off” as a negative quality. I don’t know of many who would wish otherwise. Financial stability can lead to a better quality of life, and allow for more time spent volunteering and helping others. Stability also does not equate to being rich. Those who are just stable can not always spend extra on luxuries of the rich. Our generation is racking up college debt and entering an unstable job market. How can we be expected to not want to make a decent living? We can make money and make a difference. So many college students today are working to change the world. A large majority of jobs today are in the service industry, the fastest growing industry in our country. Social media sites have
JOB VAN LEUSDEN
“Right now, I just want to get out of the city and go home. I’ll probably be taking an accounting class at Luzerne County Community College and working.”
Sarae Gdovin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
on cnn.com in “Are ads on NBA jerseys next?”
“All children in this city deserve better than the status quo…While it’s a demand that has been repeated for decades in Philadelphia and communities across the country, we shouldn’t shelve it as more of the same. We are in a dire situation. This is a moment and if we don’t act boldly now, all of the children we serve pay the consequences of adult failures. That’s just wrong.”
Pedro A. Ramos,
on philly.com in “Phila. Children deserve better”
“One theory is that homosexual urges, when repressed out of shame or fear, can be expressed as homophobia. Freud famously called this process a ‘reaction formation’ — the angry battle against the outward symbol of feelings that are inwardly being stifled. Even Mr. Haggard seemed to endorse this idea when, apologizing after his scandal for his antigay rhetoric, he said, ‘I think I was partially so vehement because of my own war.’”
Richard Ryan and Williams Ryan,
on times.com in “Homophobic? Maybe You’re Gay”
“Now Congress has an important decision to make. Do they double interest rates for Stafford loans, adding more debt to students already struggling to make ends meet? Or do they invest in the future by helping to keep interest rates where they are? For me, the choice is clear. We have to educate our way to a better economy. And as President Obama has stepped up to meet the challenge, I hope leaders in Congress will step up as well.”
Osamudia R. James, on the nytimes.com in “Lower Students Loan Interest Rates”
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What are your summer plans?
made it even easier for us to contact others and build movements even faster than generations before. We just understand that it is a balancing act. Just as we are taught time management in college, we will be able to juggle working hard both in and out of the office. As many college students prepare to graduate and enter the job market, keep in mind that real satisfaction can come from doing what you love and seeing others benefit as well. Use spare time to volunteer in areas of interest, but may not have wanted a career in. A job does not need to be what defines someone. Do what you love and the money will come.
“If we add sponsor logos to jerseys, we recognize that some of our fans will think we’ve lost our minds. But the NBA is a global business and logos on jerseys are well-established in other sports and commonplace outside the U.S.”
“I’m taking two summer classes, one in each session. Then I’m trying to get an internship in a lab to get some hands-on experience.”
SENIOR ART MAJOR
“Right now I have an internship at Textile Design Studio. I’ll also be doing some volunteering for Philadelphia Urban Creators and working at Parc Restaurant.”
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Paul says on “Islam conference, hosting controversial speakers, sparks protest” on April 24, 2012 at 4:05 p.m.
As a professor I went through this very thing a few months ago, and it ended up costing me my job. Two Muslim students were planted in my World Religions class and proceeded to completely disrupt the lectures on Islam and then had the gall to run to the school administration and complain, and that after one of them had passed around a libelous email about me. Given the naivety, disingenuous, and cowardly actions of the administration, I was sacrificed on the Muslim altar of expedience amid all the complaints from the remaining students who filed a series of complaints and appeals against both the Muslim students and the administration. So, what took place at Temple is simply more of what has been going on in the past and will continue to take place if the cancer undermining free speech, the truth, and the exchange of concepts and ideas is not cut out.
The Temple News presents THE 2012 DOCUMENTARY
Generation Temple Town
JoseTheWrangler says on “Students for Liberty attend Paul rally at Independence Hall” on April 23, 2012 at 5:04 p.m. Which goes to show you that college students aren’t necessarily any better at thinking and understanding complex issues than anyone else. If they had gotten any education in economics or political science yet, they’d know that Paul is a nice enough guy but has no grasp of anything more complicated than a slogan. When I was a student, at 20, I was a Randite. Then I grew up. Kelsey Nielsen says on “Groups differ on awareness methods” on April 23, 2012 at 11:27 p.m. John and Michelle, I want to clarify. Because we did not all sit down together for this piece and interviews were done separately, I feel the need to clarify that I do not and would not ever claim that we shouldn’t care about ending this conflict. Michelle stated: “This claim that [Invisible Children] doesn’t have a right to advocate to the western world about a social issue that they find appalling because it isn’t theirs to advocate for is just asinine,”. I am not saying Invisible Children doesn’t have a right to do this, I am saying that, and what I hope people would gather- Advocacy needs to be done with Ugandans at the center of it, not the idea of Ugandans or their story. It needs to be appropriate and our approach to said advocacy can not make the people we are advocated for feel exploited. We can be effective in getting the message out but offensive in our approach- that is largely how I see the Kony 2012. Eric Cedor says on “Re: Word on the Web (4/17/12) and ‘Letter to the Editor’” on April 24, 2012 at 12:52 p.m. I’m not a racist, but…well I’m actually not going to say something racist but it may be something that Matthew does not want to hear. First, using phrases like “In typical right-wing fashion” reveals your bias and shows your argument is based on a political agenda and is not meant for the betterment of both sides to end the spewing of “hate speech” as you claim. Your entire letter is full of hate speech directed at Alvaro and Temple University Students for Intellectual Freedom. My second contention with your letter is that you claim “that judging an entire people by the actions of a few is unacceptable.” While that statement in itself is true about judging people, it does not apply to how Sharia Law was described in either Alvaro’s letter or the Islamic Apartheid event. There was an event last night in which protestors “occupied” seats and prevented people who actually wanted to see the event from getting inside. After about five minutes, the protestors staged a walk-out. The protestors DID NOT listen to the other side of the debate. I believe that you are guilty of the same ignorance that was prevalent in that crowd. When Islamic texts and leaders consistently preach hate that is taught to every generation in the Middle East, the institutionalized hatred is no longer the “actions of a few.” The actions of one person, such as Anders Behring Breivik as you mention, are incomparable to the actions of entire governments and religious institutions. In no way did any of the speakers, including Alvaro, state that all Muslims are “bad.” The discussion was about the inherent inequality of women, gays, and different races as promoted in Islam, and particularly in Sharia. While I appreciate your First Amendment right to free speech, please make informed, FACTUAL statements. You should especially follow this protocol if you attempt to publicly defame a person or organization as it is illegal to slander someone.
Generation Temple Town, TTN’s 2012 documentary profiles several Temple students who grew up in North Philadelphia. Check out the documentary at temple-news.com today. Turn to page 15 to learn more about the documentary process, and past documentaries that The Temple News has produced.
The Temple News would like to congratulate the class of 2012, and to wish everyone else a fun and safe summer. CHECK TEMPLE-NEWS.COM DURING THE SUMMER FOR BREAKING NEWS AND CONTINUED COVERAGE.
Graduates entering the workforce should be proactive
Gayle Christensen offers some practical advice for graduating seniors. DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News As graduation is quickly approaching for seniors, many are anticipating finding their dream job in an effort to succeed in the ever-changing job market and fluctuating economy. The Associated Press analysis of available government data, reported that about 53.6 percent of Americans who have bachelor’s degrees and are under the age of 25 are unemployed or hold lower wage jobs. This is a bleak outlook for those who are preparing to enter the workforce. But, Gayle Christensen of Employment Entrepreneur Specialist at the Honickman Learning Center
and Comcast Technology Labs offers some advice to graduating seniors. “Well, I think it’s a little bit easier this year than maybe a couple of years ago, but I think we’re still under the recession so my advice would be to network as much as you can in many possible ways,” Christensen said. “Let people know that you are coming out of school and you’re job searching, or going to job fairs and different kinds of events.” Christensen, a graduate of Kenyon College, advised students who are actually sophomores and juniors in college, to
start looking for those job opportunities now. After college, Christensen went right into education and teaching. By December of her senior year she knew what she wanted to do and the field she wanted to venture into. “ I wouldn’t even wait until the end of your senior year to start looking, it’s almost too late then,” Christensen said. “But when I graduated from graduate school I didn’t have a job lined up and I tried really hard, I had internships in the field I was interested in, I had networked a lot with people, I had done a lot
“Well, I think it’s a little bit easier this year than maybe a couple of years ago, but I think we’re still under the recession so my advice would be to network as much as you can in many possible ways.”
of informational interviews.” Christensen did a lot of talking to people when leaving graduate school, just to see if they could connect her with anybody and anything and then fell back on some previous experience by just looking for a job that she really wanted to do. “Utilize your career centers at school and really meeting with them to make sure your résumé is good,” Christensen said. “I would suggest studying to go into the sciences and I would see if you can get into a healthcare field. They’re really good career ladders so once you kind of get your foot in the door, there’s a lot of times opportunities in the field with more education and more training to kind of move up in healthcare easier.” Dominique Johnson can be reached at email@example.com.
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Gayle Christensen advises graduating seniors.
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
COMMENCEMENT In the final issue of the semester, The Temple News profiles some of Temple’s graduating seniors who are embarking on new endeavors and challenges. For more commencement profiles, turn to page 14.
sophomore year, me and three other guys,” he said. “And all of a sudden we get this email from [Office of University] Housing saying, ‘Oh, it’s now going s a wedding singer, Colin Saltry frequently to be an eight-person room. Sorry, here’s some free has to pander to the audience. At the re- pizza and 50 Diamond Dollars for your troubles.’ And quest of his 93-year-old grandmother, he I thought that was wrong.” He brought the matter to TSG and led the negotiaoften finds himself singing the Frank Sinations with the university. The 80 people effected overtra standby “My Way.” all by the confusion each received $200 per semester. While at Temple, Saltry normally held the micro“[It] didn’t really help the situation, but at least it phone as a member of Temple Student Government. was better than free pizza and 50 Diamond Dollars,” Moving up the ranks from TSG senate clerk to TSG he said. senate president, and ending his term as TSG Student Moving forward, acting as TSG Student Body Body President, Saltry is more recognizable on Main President tested Saltry. Campus than most students. “You’re at a time disadvantage and The Scranton, Pa. native doesn’t an information disadvantage,” he said. hesitate to share his Owl pride. “You can’t ever sit down and ponder “Temple was, I guess, my 10th things.” choice that I applied to,” Saltry said. “I failed a lot, and I’ve learned how “Temple was like 13th grade. That not to do that again,” he said candidly. was the perception.” Saltry said he now wears a tie Saltry said he applied to Temple in every meeting he attends, having to please his parents. learned from his first meeting with “I was too cool for state school,” President Ann Weaver Hart as student he added. life chairman on the Student Affairs After visiting St. Joseph’s Univercommittee. sity, Villanova University and Drexel “I had a suit on, but no tie. I had an University, Saltry deemed Main Camopen-collared shirt, and then she sort of pus “the only reasonable choice. It just stared into my ‘non-tie’ area,” he said. doesn’t feel like a school with 39,000 Meanwhile, his work in TSG made people,” he said. classes and charming his teachers difColin Saltry / While a freshman economics maficult. senior economics major jor, Saltry met Jeff Dempsey, then a “My teachers probably hate me,” senior political science major, after he said. “This semester, I was one of mistakenly attending a pre-convocathe worst students that walked the face of the earth.” tion meeting within the College for Liberal Arts. SalSaltry said he is optimistic of Temple’s near futry credited this as the impetus to join TSG as senate ture, as administrative changes and new construction clerk. take shape within the university. The experience was comical, Saltry said, but after “I have a sneaking suspicion that the next few Dempsey resigned as senate president, Saltry stepped years are going to be really transformative,” he said. in as TSG senate pro tempore. But it was an unexpectHe added that a regression for Temple would be ed housing mix-up pushed Saltry further into student
AMELIA BRUST The Temple News
“I had a suit on, but no tie. I had an opencollared shirt, and then [Ann Weaver Hart] sort of stared into my ‘nontie’ area.”
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government. “I was supposed to live in Temple Towers my
said. “I switched to math and computer science because I’m a depraved individual who cannot get enough math in my life.” Knauth was able to land her newly acquired raduating senior Kathryn Knauth said job after attending the Grace Hopper Celebration she did not know what to expect durof Women in Computing conference last fall in ing her first few interviews when apPortland, Ore. The annual conference seeks to furplying for a position ther the career aspirations of women with Amazon’s A2Z Research and in computer sciences, and a number Development group. of well-known companies and uniThe mathematics and computer versities attended. science major said that it took time And it paid off. Knauth is now to get over her nervousness, but regraduating this May for a position as ceived great advice from the profesa software development engineer for sors and mentors who assisted her at Amazon. Temple. “It’s been a great experience so “I certainly didn’t expect to get far, and I’m hoping I’ve learned some such a great job right out of colskills that will carry over into my new lege,” Knauth said. “At one point, job,” she said. I was considering graduate school. Knauth and her team worked on Kathryn Knauth / I’d still like to go back at some an Android application, SEPTrip, for senior mathematics and point, but for now I’m really excited her senior capstone project this past computer science major to explore what’s going on in the semester. Knauth’s team leader, JonaWest Coast technology sector.” than Morton, started working on it prior to this Knauth grew up in Reading, Pa., but has been semester, and her team continued the project. living in Philadelphia for eight years. Originally The application, described by Knauth as a a computer science major, Knauth decided to trip planning app for SEPTA, enables users to change last year. look up schedule times, routes, view real time bus “I chose computer science because I enjoyed locations on a map and plan trips within the city programming a lot, and it seemed like there were KNAUTH PAGE 14 many different career paths in the field,” Knauth
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DOMINIQUE JOHNSON The Temple News
“I’m a depraved individual who cannot get enough math in my life.”
TTN reporter Kara Savidge profiles the 2012 student commencement speaker, Latoya Stroman.
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In light of the upcoming graduation ceremonies, The Temple News offers its bucket list for all students.
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The Temple News will air its third documentary today, which discusses the far-reaching effects of Temple’s expansionist policies on the younger generations of local North Philly communities.
Philly boasts tightknit GLBT culture QCHAT
multaneously, the very thing I didn’t expect to encounter. I yearned for a community to call my own, and did manage to find one, but not without a striking realization that – like any other group – it is one with flaws and shortcomings that will continue to hold back a group of people so ambitious and determined that its goals sometimes get lost in its quest for authority. Philadelphia, for both the young student and the established adult, is a place where the GLBT community all-at-once thrives as a key headquarters for the GLBT rights movement, and yet flounders as it finds its original ideals masked by a new brand of self-righteousness and entitlement. There’s a difference between having pride, and ignorantly having an image of being above the rest of the world. The GLBT community, of all ages, types and ego sizes, should not lose sight of what it has really set out to do. But despite this, I have discovered that there is a lot more to be grateful for, living in an urban center of the Northeast. I’ve witnessed a mayor speak more passionately about the GLBT community than I’d ever imagined any of my hyper-local politicians doing, a city layout that boldly dedicates a multi-block radius to GLBT life and culture, and a university administration that embraces all-inclusiveness in a way that, I’m proud to say, has left me with many tight column deadlines where I’ve had a refreshingly limited number of issues to rant about. The Philadelphia and Temple communities, with all their flaws, are environments to be embraced and enjoyed, while never forgetting to keep a careful check and balance on the maintenance of these wonderful spaces. My recent ventures took me to the streets of New York City, where I scanned my surroundings with awe and bewilderment, fascinated by the hustle and bustle, and amazed by how seamlessly people of all types blended together. And though this type of Utopia is a personal dream of mine, I must admit that looking around at this environment, contrasting it with Philadelphia, gave me a sense of pride, a distinct pride in the closeness of the GLBT community in Philadelphia, with all of its mean-girl attitude and occasional snarky malice. The reality is that Philadelphia’s GLBT community, which includes the tight-knit community of Temple, boasts a culture that I truly believe cannot be found or mimicked elsewhere in this country. Because beneath the surface, with all of our problems and diva-centric moodiness, we have a brotherly loving bond that unites us in a way that makes each of us valuable parts of a whole. And that, for all of the high-strung strutting down 13th and Locust streets and persistent, power-hungry figureheads in our community, makes us taller than any of our city’s skyward-bound buildings or politicians standing on their pedestals could ever be, with or without our drag heels. Brandon Baker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Columnist encourages canvassers to stop hassling broke college students
he weather is warm, the trees are in bloom and the canvassers are back for another round of harassment. In response to the 40th activist who tried to accost me for money this week, I have writVICTORIA MARCHIONY ten up my feelings – Columnist and, to my knowledge, the feelings of many Victoria Temple students – in a Marchiony writes letter that I think you an open letter will enjoy. to canvassers on Dear representaMain Campus. tives: I am curious as to why you continue to choose Main Campus as your location to stand with a clipboard and ask for money to help save the planet. Though you seem to be someone who clearly prides themselves on your awareness of “the big picture,” I think you may need a little reminding about the microcosm going on where you are. As such, here is an explanation of why your time would be better spent elsewhere. Temple is a semi-state funded research institution. Many students in-state are losing considerable amounts of aid, while those who are out of state are facing significant increases in their tuition. This coupled with the costs of our necessities – books, housing, coffee, transportation, alcohol, food, etc. – means that we actually don’t have 20 bucks to contribute. At least not all at once, anyway. Though it is obvious that our priorities are out of whack and that we’re selfish and inward focused, it doesn’t make it any less true. In order to spend those precious $20 to help you save the environment, we would probably need to give something else up in order to avoid toppling our delicate financial balances. I’m in an economics class right now, so I’ll spell it out for you in technical terms. The opportunity cost (highest valued opportunity foregone) of contributing to planting trees is too high. The benefit of a dollar to your organization is less than the cost of a dollar to my beer fund. Part of what makes college campuses such an attractive place to canvas is that in theory, they offer a lot of support. Culturally, we as Americans still cling to the image of the progressive college SEEN & HEARD
wo years ago, I moved to Philadelphia from a small, quiet, gay-repellant town in South-Central Pennsylvania. Like any smalltown boy leaving home, I waved goodBRANDON BAKER bye to my own miniColumnist metropolis I’d known for so long in favor Brandon Baker of a city that promreflects on ised me all of the two years of gay-tastic goods I’d “QChat” and ever dreamed about living in Philly. as a prepubescent boy staring dreamily at Prince Charming. While things haven’t quite turned out in the picture-perfect way my 16-year-old self may have fantasized of while scrolling through Temple’s College Board page, I still find myself walking down windy Broad Street with a new attitude. When I began this column as a first-semester freshman, I was immediately infatuated with the idea of being given a voice as a gay man – something so mind-boggling from the perspective of a rural country boy – that I hadn’t the slightest clue how to take advantage of my platform. Whereas before I’d fought tooth and nail just to get editorial space in the Letter to the Editor section of my local newspaper, I’d now stumbled upon a biweekly space to share my thoughts and engage in dialogue with not just who I perceived to be my like-minded gay brethren, but the entire melting pot of Temple. I could go on about the things I’ve learned in my time writing this column or living in Philadelphia, but those are things I’ll save for my eventual memoirs – I need to preserve my selling lines, after all. Instead, I’d rather translate these personal lessons into a guide for how to live as a member of the GLBT community in this city, and provide a benchmark for my inevitable successor to look back on. Sitting in the park, staring at the clouds and sipping on my fifth cup of coffee, my mind wandered into a deep thought about cycles. Like the columnist who maintained this space in the back pages of the newspaper before me, and the numerous unknown, silenced voices who have taken up presence in this publication during times when it was not popular to speak about terms like heteronormativity and what it means to be GLBT at Temple, I realize that I am but one part of a never-ending “circle of GLBT life.” Though I have poured my heart and soul into discussing the trajectory of the GLBT community and analyzing what it means to live in this city, I will also not be the last to do so. Someday I will look upon this same column with my own fresh set of eyes once I’ve rounded the corner of this circle. Living as a GLBT individual in Philadelphia, it seems, is everything I wanted it to be and, si-
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activist, who walks out of class, wants to save the world, believes in equality and some sort of liberal agenda. Given the youth-vote demographic data from the last few elections, it seems that the population fitting this archetype is alive if not quite thriving. The members of the dwindling – or, more fairly, “changing” – choir that will stop to listen to your diatribe will likely channel their passion for your cause into physical service and not a monetary contribution, just like you did. Gone are the days when information was hard to get a hold of. If you’re working for an organization that’s doing well enough to hire you, then it probably has a website. That website probably has a “donate” button as well as a “volunteer” button that someone could click. In fact, they could probably make a donation in the time it takes you to make your speech. Besides, holding up someone on Liacouras Walk who’s late to class or on their way to buy a pack of cigarettes with a pocketful of dimes and $1 bills is not productive. It not only annoys them into wanting to tell you and the environment to go to hell, but also wastes your good intentions. I am just as idealistic, passionate, busy and broke as you are. With this in mind, please stop asking me for money. Please do, however engage me in a conversation, give me a petition to sign or some other concrete way to contribute. And please convey this message to your supervisors, because I know you probably know better than to pick a college campus during finals time as the best place to ask for donations. Respectfully, Victoria P.S. Are you all that slightly-alternativedirty-ish-hippy brand of sexy, or just the guys I have to force myself not to make eye contact with for fear of getting trapped? Whoever hired you was sneaky.
“Culturally, we as Americans still cling to the image of the progressive college activist, who walks out of class, wants to save the world, believes in equality and some sort of liberal agenda.”
Victoria Marchiony can be reached at email@example.com.
Messy habits require eco-friendly spring cleaning
hile I did not h a v e a very restrictive upbringing, I did relish in several newly granted freedoms that came with my transition to college a few years ago. The ability to wanMARISA STEINBERG der around at all hours Columnist of the night and sleep until 3 p.m. uninterMarisa Steinberg rupted by the tsk-tsking analyzes her from my parents was of untidy habits, great value to me. But and offers no liberty delighted me insights to so much as having the state of room free from safe dumping my mother’s critical facilities. eye. Without her here to monitor my living quarters, I could revert to my natural sloppy, hoarding ways. Tidiness was never in the cards for me. My love of fashion is constantly threatened by my tendency to douse myself in coffee. The layer of crumbs on my kitchen table is materializing into the semblance of a placemat at an unsettling speed. The sound of a vacuum literally puts me to sleep – my mother would actually do a lap with it around the living room to sedate me in my infancy. So, I have very little room to push an end-ofsemester dorm or apartment cleanout on you. Accordingly, I won’t ask you to partake in unreasonable tasks like clearing out the junk mail accumulating in your TUmail inbox – my own virtual stockpile of unread messages is just 20 shy
of 4,000 – or breaking out the Swiffer. Let’s just focus on those household tasks that could end up helping the planet in some way. It’s time to get rid of those unwanted items that so sneakily accumulate and then assimilate themselves into our daily lives, blinding us to the fact that they’d be better off on their way to the recycling center. Bedside pile of magazines that has inadvertently become a coffee table, I’m looking at you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans use their cell phones for an average of 18 months before purchasing a new one. If you chronically engage in drunk dialing and consequently drunk dropping, this time span may be even shorter. Even worse than realizing that all your contacts won’t automatically sync to your new phone is the distress at abandoning your old one. No one wants to toss their broken $300 iPhone in the trash next to last night’s empty case of beer. Plus, if relegated to a landfill, potentially hazardous substances from the phone could seep into the ground. Properly recycle yours at Radio Shack at 1501 N. Broad St. Along with the year’s cell phone casualties, the end of the semester brings with it heaps of unwanted apartment goods. If you found out that your roomie for next year already has the comfiest couch in the world and you don’t know what to do with the one your aunt passed on to you, don’t send it to a landfill. Give it the chance to be someone else’s veg-out zone by bringing it to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore shop at 2930 Jasper St., or try your luck with a strategically worded Craig-
slist post. What better way to show your hatred of Calculus II than by properly disposing of the batteries that fueled all those endless nights with your TI-83? If deposited at landfills, batteries, like cell phones, can leak hazardous chemicals into soil and even groundwater. Prevent this by taking your old rechargeable batteries to the Office of Sustainability in the lower level of Mitten Hall. For single use batteries, make a trip to Save Some Green at 2005 Chestnut St., which also takes inkjet cartridges. For all the other miscellaneous unwanted items you stumble across while discarding the remains of Spring 2012, always check to see if it can be recycled nearby. Earth911.com is a great resource for finding a sustainable means of disposing random objects. Did you know you can recycle all the corks from that wine phase you went through this semester at the Whole Foods at 2001 Pennsylvania Ave.? If you’re not quick enough to tell the Fresh Grocer cashier that you have your reusable bag with you, you can quickly right the wrong by bringing the resulting plastic bag to numerous places on campus including the recycling bins in the main lobby of Anderson and Alter halls. When months of pounding the broken glass-covered
“Now that you’re an adult who has finished another year of college and don’t have anyone to tell you to pick up your socks or clean up the Chinese food you spill on the floor, it’s important to have a little bit of a cleaning routine.”
pavement of Philly have rendered your sneakers sole-less, bring them to Rittenhouse Sports Specialties at 1729 Chestnut St. The athletic outfitter partners with Nike to send battered kicks to be recycled into reusable material. To recycle from home, fill up your blue bin with any plastics labeled No. 1 through No. 7, aluminum cans, computer paper, corrugated cardboard, milk and juice cartons, brown, clear and green glass containers, among other items. Don’t have a blue bin decorating your little patch of North Philly paradise? Head to a Recycling DropOff Center – the closest is 3033 S. 63rd St. – to pick one up for free or really get in the “reduce, reuse, recycle” spirit and label any sturdy container you have with the word “Recycling.” The city will pick up recyclables from both. Now that you’re an adult who has finished another year of college and don’t have anyone to tell you to pick up your socks or clean up the Chinese food you spill on the floor, it’s important to have a little bit of a cleaning routine. Rounding up items you no longer use and responsibly disposing of them is just enough of an effort to keep your place tidy while maintaining a sense of independence from those restrictive years under your parents’ roof. If even that feels like a compromise of your freedoms, you could just call your clean out an early Mother’s Day present, right? Marisa Steinberg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Capturing GLBT stories The Pop Up Museum of Queer History opened at the William Way Center until May 19. LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ The Temple News
he Pop Up Museum of Queer History is a grassroots organization intended to tell the unknown GLBT history of different communities. Currently showing at the William Way Community Center, the Philadelphia exhibit explores the city’s contribution to the GLBT movement locally and nationally. From archived photographs, to sculptures to old memorabilia, the museum shows a wide variety of pieces that capture different aspects of Philadelphia’s GLBT community. With two prior exhibits in New York and one in Bloomington, Ind., Philadelphia’s Pop Up Museum appeared to have a more local appeal. “They’ve done it in New York before, except the Philadelphia one was more about
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“Chapel for the Betrayed” sits in the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History exhibit. Philadelphia [GLBT] history,” Bob Skiba, an archivist at William Way and the president of the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides, said. “We have a lot more sense of straight history, too. I know what kind of sense of history Philadelphia has: We have the Liberty Bell here, we have In-
dependence Hall where our country was born, the first capital… so Philadelphians have a unique sense of history.” Skiba contributed photos from his own archive featuring the history of Philadelphia Mummers in the exhibit. Other pieces focusing on Philadelphia’s GLBT history
are a map pinpointing the city’s black gay bars from the 1950s to the 1990s, photos of Philadelphia’s black GLBT social scene contributed by the Black LGBT Archivists Society of Philadelphia and the writing desk of Joseph Beam, a Philadelphia-based author and gay
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Local sweet startup features Philly beer Pastry chef Lexi Malmros highlights local beers with her tasty business venture, Philly Beer Cakes. CARA STEFCHAK The Temple News
business startup gaining momentum in Philadelphia is telling of what might happen if Betty Crocker started frequenting the fratparty scene – no, it’s not getting knocked up, experiencing a violent case of brownie-batter morning sickness and pushing out a set of Little Debbies in nine months. After a few keg stands, the baked-good goddess would be inspired to whip up edibles featuring her favorite brews. While Bucks County, Pa. native Lexi Malmros isn’t the poster child of boxed sweets, she’s working to garner attention for her business, which merges two key ingredients – beer and cake – to create a dessert that epitomizes the stereotypical college diet. “The fun part about these cakes is that people who don’t like beer have tasted them and love them,” Malmros said. “It’s not just for beer lovers, it’s for everybody, but beer lovers especially love them.” “I don’t want to make cake with beer, I want to make cake that tastes like beer,” she added. Malmros, 29, turned to culinary school after trying to establish herself in Philadelphia’s art scene for 10 years while simultaneously holding down a nanny gig in Center City. She decided to relocate to Vermont where her parents live and attend the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. After numerous pub-hopping nights and brewery visits with her father, Malmros noticed a void in dessert menus. “They never had any good desserts, and being a
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Last Thursday, Philadelphians marched to raise awareness of domestic and sexual violence. (Top) Marchers approach First Unitarian Church, the end gathering point. (Bottom left) A mother and her child, who both participated in the march, stand outside the church. (Bottom right) Temple political science major Jasmine Gibson served as the public relations person.
Algernon Cadwallader discusses playing house shows, the origin of its name and the Philly punk scene.
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pastry chef I was like, ‘What the hell?’ so it just kind of occurred to me that people make liquor cakes all the time and rum cakes, so why not beer,” Malmros said. “I saw the opportunity and started to experiment.” Post graduation, Malmros lived in Boston for seven months working as a cake decorator for award-winning pastry chef and Food Network frequenter Jorg Amsler. After he sold his business, Malmros chose not to stay with that bakery and spent a month in Vermont further developing beer cake recipes before accepting her current job as a cake decorator in Center City. “I love the Philly spirit,” Malmros said. “The city has a lot of passion for its beer. There’s a lot of craft breweries, so they’re very into the different flavors and playing with things, and there’s a lot of different flavors for me to experiment with.” Malmros currently prepares orders for Philly Beer Cakes out of her home kitchen and rents out space in Philadelphia’s 9th Street Italian Market for larger orders. Cupcakes cost $3 each, and Malmros said she’ll deliver within a reasonable distance for those placing orders of at least a dozen. She juggles her business with working double shifts at a Center City bakery. “It’s the happiest tired I’ve ever been,” Malmros, who admitted her refrigerator has been overtaken with buttercream and beers, said. “I would love to just be able to wake up in the morning and put all my energy toward this, but I know it’s coming – I have to be patient.” Malmros plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign this
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Find out what’s coming up for May’s First Friday, and more about the soon-to-be open Barnes Foundation.
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Barnes Foundation reopens this month Though not part of First Friday, the Barnes Foundation will open May 19 and remain open for 56 hours Memorial Day weekend. NICOLE WELK The Temple News Though the event is not technically part of May’s “First Friday,” art enthusiasts only have to wait two weeks after it for the grand opening of the new Barnes Foundation location in Philadelphia. The Barnes, most famous for its collection of impressionist art, had been located at the former residence of Dr. Albert C. Barnes in Merion, Pa., for nearly 90 years. The old location will now be dedicated to archival materials and a horticultural program, with the Barnes’ new building along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway housing the great collections. Graduating senior Kelley Stone has seen the Barnes Foundation make its transition from Merion as an employee of the museum. The art history major with a minor in ancient Mediterranean studies has recently been employed by the museum full time as a visitor’s service assistant, and was able to see the move in progress the semester before she studied abroad in 2011. “My last week there they closed the entire second floor, but after that it was hectic because of the countless preparations they had to make,” Stone said. The big move for Barnes has been the subject of controversy since the decision to build a new building for the collections along the Parkway was made in 2008. Former visitors
to the Merion location were attached to the idea of keeping a museum outside of the city. The move was also not part of the original vision of Albert Barnes, who stated before his death that his collections were to remain within his residence. The subject of this particular part of the move made its way into an independent documentary, “The Art of the Steal.” But the private opening of the Barnes Foundation on Saturday, May 19, will prove to demonstrate the city’s commitment to Albert Barnes’ original vision for his collection. “People were very hesitant of the move because the old building and grounds were beautiful, especially in the spring and summer,” Stone said. “I was always excited about the move, the prospects of a new building and the increase in accessibility. The best part is, even with all the changes, the galleries are displayed exactly the same. It’s surreal.” When asked what the new building does for the collection, Stone gave more insight into why the move happened and what the new building does for the new, city visitor. “Overall, the new Barnes is much more visitor friendly,” Stone said. “They were looking to elevate the visitor experience and I think they definitely achieved that goal.” The new building of the Barnes Foundation will now allow its collection of Picassos, Matisses and Van Goghs, among others, to share the same
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The new Barnes Foundation building sits at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. The building will house the Barnes collection, opens privately Saturday, May 19, and to the public May 25. stretch as the Franklin Institute, the soon to reopen Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. And in celebration of its opening, the public opening weekend of the Barnes from May 26 to 28 will be free to visitors. “The Barnes will be open for 56 straight hours over Memorial Weekend,” Stone said. “You can go see this amazing collection of impressionist art at 1 a.m. if you want to.” For those eager for some good art before the opening of the Barnes, here are some shows focused on paintings with opening receptions on First Friday, May 4.
WEST LOOKING EAST GALLERY: ARCH ENEMY ARTS, 109 ARCH ST.
OPENING RECEPTION: 5-10 P.M. ARTIST: GABE TIBERINO
Gabe Tiberino is a mural artist from Philadelphia, and when he was 16 was known as the youngest lead artist of the Mural Arts Program. “West Looking East” looks into street experiences and is concerned with people, especially locals, and how they deal with art as part of their world through acrylic and oil paintings.
PEEP — A CURIOUS LOOK INTO PAINTING GALLERY: LITTLE BERLIN, 2430 CORAL ST. OPENING RECEPTION: 6-10 P.M. ARTISTS: FARRELL BRICKHOUSE, DAVID CAMPBELL, MARYBETH
CHEW, DAMIEN CRISP, SARAH GAMBLE, JORDAN GRAW, SELMA HAFIZOVIC, TODD KEYSER, JOHN KILDUFF, DORON LANGBERG, SHANJANA MAHMUD, MATT SAVITSKY, WOOHYUN SHIM, KEER TANCHAK AND BEN WILL
Peep features artists from New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dubrovnik, Croatia and Philadelphia. The approach of the paintings is emerging from hiding places and finding surprises. Nicole Welk can be reached at email@example.com.
Film and music come together at festival Films in the first year of the XPN festival explored the work of musicians like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Paul Simon. JOSEPH SCHAEFER The Temple News University of Pennsylvania’s radio station, 88.5 WXPN, hosted its first annual music film festival this past weekend. Thursday, April 26, night opened the weekend’s events at University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center, just blocks from the radio station. Festival attendees flocked to the festival’s opening film, “Big Easy Express,” which documents the adventurous journey of indie-folk acts Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show as they set out
for a tour from Oakland to New Orleans by vintage train. The bands intended to play music across the country “the way they [audience members] saw it 100 years ago,” prompting the tour name, the Railroad Revival tour. “Well over 100 people were on the train,” director Emmett Malloy, who also directed “The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights,” said. “The bands brought their friends and families. It was definitely chaotic.” During the week and a half excursion, the tour stopped in six cities along the nearly 3,000mile route for sold out live per-
formances along the railroad’s course. On opening night, audience members at the screening clapped their hands and stomped their feet to scenes of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ live performance of “Home.” “I thought the [Big Easy Express] was great,” said festival attendee Keith Gibialante. “It has a good buzz about it, good story line and great music.” The jubilant ambiance that was evident in performances shown in the documentary was also seen at the screening. “I honestly got lost in the
movie to the point that I felt like I was at a concert,” festival attendee Naomi Small said. “The experience was fun.” With a film crew of eight people, Malloy filmed from the moment the bands woke up, often into the late hours of the night. For the documentary to be “successful,” Malloy said he intended to be a fly on the wall. “I wanted to keep the vibe chill so [the bands] would be comfortable and relaxed,” Malloy said. “When I filmed the White Keys documentary I learned how to blend in. I wanted the bands to act naturally as if no cameras were there.” Malloy’s documentary was
one of 20 films screened at the festival. Mark Ford’s documentary, “Uprising: Hip Hop & The LA Riots,” also hit festival screens on Saturday and Sunday night. The film recounts the Los Angeles riots and the role that hiphop played in the chaos. Probably the most memorable film of the whole weekend was “Sound of Noise,” a comedy based on a cop with an “allergy” to music, who must face a gang of terrorist drummers that lead a symphonic attack on his city. The diverse array of films brought out a lot of viewers to XPN’s festival, which was host-
ed in part by the Philadelphia Film Society. General manager of WXPN, Roger LeMay said he hopes to expand the annual festival next year. LaMay added that he intends to add live events and pair movies and musical performances. Joseph Schaefer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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(Left, top) David Dye, of World Cafe Live, introduces a short film he helped create. The short proceded the feature. (Center, top) Roger LeMay, XPN’s General Manager, introduces the opening night film, “Big Easy Express.” (Right, top) Philadelphia Film Society artistic director Michael Lerman addresses the crowd. (Bottom) The crowd fills the auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenburg Center for the Performing Arts.
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Algernon Cadwallader JENELLE JANCI The Temple News Provoking kids to crowd surf, mosh and dance all at the same time, Philadelphia’s own Algernon Cadwallader’s music is sloppy – in all of the right ways. Comprised of Peter Helmis on vocals and bass, Joe Reinhart on guitar and Tank Bergman on drums, Algernon Cadwallader has been making houses shake throughout and outside of the city. All natives of the Yardley, Pa. and Bucks County, Pa., areas and active in the Philly music scene within different bands, it was only a matter of time before these three joined forces. “Parrot Files,” the latest full-length from the group, was released in May 2011. The band hasn’t slowed since, consistently performing for enthusiastic audiences. In addition to performing,
Reinhart co-founded a recording and production studio, the Headroom, with Kyle Pulley of Dangerous Ponies. According to his biography on the studio’s website, Reinhart graduated from Drexel in 2008 after studying audio engineering. When it comes to independent productions, the guys in Algernon Cadwallader don’t stop in the recording studio. The band has released its past three albums on their own record label, Hot Green Records. Algernon Cadwallader’s most recent show in Philadelphia was at the Danger Danger Gallery at 51st Street and Baltimore Avenue. As soon as the first chord was strummed, the crowd that was casually chatting a few minutes before electrified into a pleasantly chaotic mass, screaming every lyric as if it were the last punk rock show in history. Helmis and Reinhart will play at First Unitarian Church
with fellow Hot Green Records band Hop Along’s release show on June 1 for their new album “Get Disowned.” The Temple News: What does “Algernon Cadwallader” mean? Peter Helmis: He’s really kind of all of our great, great, great grandfather. He was from Yardley. A very important man. Joe Reinhart: We’re all descendants of his seed. PH: Giant beard. His beard was actually his sperm, and his beard inseminated three lovely women. TTN: What’s the appeal of playing a house show as opposed to a more formal show that you’d need to buy tickets for? PH: You can’t hear any mess-ups. I think it’s a much more personal experience for us and the audience. Sometimes you’ll play a show at a place where it doesn’t get that rowdy, and you can’t tell if people like it. There’s really no mistaking it here so we can really fall into the groove, as they say. JR: They’re spitting on us, we’re spitting on them, we’re all covered in each other’s sweat and stuff. PH: We’ll play any show, but we definitely couldn’t do it without these kinds of shows. TTN: What’s it like when you’re up on stage and you see a bunch of kids screaming their hearts out to your lyrics? PH: Terrifying.
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JR: They’re watching me. What if I do something wrong? But it’s the best thing, in all seriousness. PH: I don’t know what else we would do this for besides that. TTN: Since you guys are natives of the Philly area, what are some of your favorite Philly bands? JR: That’s a long list. All of our friends play in amazing bands. In our warehouse alone Bandname and Dangerous Ponies live there. PH: Dead Milkmen, Oriental Wood, King and Dagger [and] Dr. Dog. TTN: What’s your warehouse? Can you tell us more about that? JR: We call it Big Mom-
ma’s Warehouse, it’s where we all live. There’s a studio and we all jam and hang out. It’s a big hippie commune. TTN: Do you guys have shows there, too? PH: The shows that we had were too big. Our place got ruined. We had a wrestling party show. It’s pretty wild. We have pictures to prove it. We actually had a guest wrestler at that party. He was a wrestler from around here named Sweeney, and he passed away about a year ago. So, rest in peace Sweeney. Tank Bergman: And what’s-his-name – he ate pizza for 100 days straight. JR: That was something else. But also a notable mention. TTN: What do you think is special about the Philly
punk scene? JR: I like that compared to other cities, I’m going to go ahead and say that it’s amazing. People are always like, “What goes on there? Why are there so many amazing bands that come out of Philly?” And it’s true. I’m not even going to be modest about it. I think we’re lucky to know a lot of them and be friends with them. It’s exciting. TTN: Do you think there’s a rhyme or reason why there are so many great bands from Philly? PH: I think it’s all the chemicals in the water. JR: Guitar players are growing extra fingers. Jenelle Janci can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Eggs owners expand to Rittenhouse Eats & Cheats CAITLIN WEIGEL
Columnist Caitlin Weigel concludes her semester enjoying some fresh vegan grub from the newly opened HipCityVeg in Rittenhouse Square.
ipCityVeg did not originally appeal to me. The inclusion of the word “hip” is an automatic deterrent, but then, like a paranoid student staring down a standardized test, it occurred to me that maybe that’s what they want me to think. Maybe they’re getting inside my brain and working some sick reverse psychology magic. By calling it hip, they’re ensuring that the real hipsters will stay away, thereby making it safe for the rest of us. But hipsters love to ruin good things – so maybe that will attract them. Or maybe it’s double reverse psychology, in which case the word “hip” is being used ironically. Despite the sad amount of energy I put into forming an opinion on the name of the spot, my hunger inevitably lead me to patronize the establishment. The newly opened HipCityVeg, brought to the city by the gods of Green Eggs Café fame, occupies a small space on 18th Street half a block from Rittenhouse Square, and features a plant-based menu of salads and sandwiches. The space itself is very tiny, so
don’t count on finding a table, but in good weather, the aforementioned Rittenhouse Square is an awesome option for outdoor dining. I ordered the curried tofu wrap with sprouts, spinach, tomato, cilantro-white bean puree and cucumber-yogurt sauce, and a side of sweet potato fries with cilantro blackbean dip. The art of eating in your lap is one I have yet to master. The set up went deceptively well – I spread out my meal, perched my dipping sauce on the arm of the bench and tipped my legs at the appropriate angle to make sure nothing would fall. The actual act of eating the wrap complicated things, though. Without the cucumber sauce I might have made it through the meal unscathed. But the reality of the situation was that every time I took a bite, a steady stream of sauce dropped into my lap, or onto my chest, or just did a general splatter effect on my mid-section. As I struggled with this most basic of skills, a man joined me on the bench, took out a water bottle, and began washing his feet. He clearly recognized that this was the bench for failure and next to me, his Dasani footbath wasn’t going to look that bad to the general public. The wrap was delicious
and filling, though tofu still And with that, I have reached picnicking in the park, and weirds me out sometimes. Why my quota for citing MK&A this HipCityVeg’s fresh salads and would you ever describe a food semester. sandwiches can definitely help as silky? That’s a fabric – that The result was not really you get in the spirit. If you’re makes me think I’m eating a the same thing. So I added a anything like me, just rememthrow pillow from Tom Haver- couple squirts of America’s ber to bring a bib large enough ford’s house. The fries were on favorite dressing. The ranch to cover your entire body. Or the softer side, which I dig, and kicked it up a notch, but still just cut some holes in the pawere perfectly salty to balance didn’t totally do the trick. This per bag they give you and wear out their natural sweetness. has become a work in progress. it on your head so no one will My favorite part though was I might have to recruit scien- know your true identity as you the cilantro black-bean dipping tists on Craigslist to help me splatter food all over yourself. sauce. crack this case. Caitlin Weigel can be reached at I sought to recreate it at In the meantime, I highly email@example.com. home from memory. Using recommend patronizing Hipmy superior detective skills I CityVeg. ‘Tis the season for decided there was definitely cilantro in it, and probably black beans too. Knowing the veg-heads penchant for yogurtbased sauces, I tried adding that to the mix. Chopping cilantro and scooping out a dollop of plain yogurt was easy. Smashing up black beans sans food processer was a little more difficult. I ended up dumping the beans into a galloon sized Ziploc with a small amount of their bean juice then hitting it with spoons, my palm and then books until it looked like the beans were smaller than they started. I would like to state, for the record, that I have never claimed to be a culinary genius and that this technique was based a lot on the scrambled egg scene in the classic 1998 CAITLIN WEIGEL TTN film “Billboard Dad,” starring The menu at HipCityVeg includes a curried tofu wrap. Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Columnist Meghan White concludes her semester of crafting by creating a handmade zine.
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
Zine occupies idle hands I tried to summon up all of my wit, humor and craft skills for my last column ever for The Temple News. When that failed, I tried to come up with a craft that would at least be appropriate for the last week or so of the semester. I’m pretty sure I also failed at that. I’m blaming the lack of creativity on my high-stress levels from ensuring that I really do graduate on May 10. In actuality, this craft is excellent for idle hands. All you really need to make it is a piece of paper and a pen. Scissors become an option if you’re not so neat when it comes to tearing paper. So anytime you’re stuck waiting for a study group or just avoiding studying for finals, whip out a piece of paper and fold up a zine. If you’re creative enough, you can probably work this craft into being a study tool for yourself. A mini zine, also known as an instant zine, is one of the easiest and fastest ways to make your own zine. One piece of paper becomes six pages with a front and back cover.
You can fill the pages of your zine with virtually anything: fortune cookies, fruit stickers, losing lotto tickets, magazine clippings or anything that would be aesthetically pleasing. The written word is totally OK, too. So if you’re at a loss, just use a Sharpie to scribble down a story or some doodles. My personal favorite zine to make is Bananagram zines. It’s like Scrabble, but more hip – I think. But I use game pieces to spell out words on the copier screen. A few copies later and some cutting and pasting later I have a completed zine. It also helps to hoard a few old catalogues or magazines. Any interesting, rectangular papers work well for folding into a zine, too. So if you aren’t above swiping an extra Scantron, feel free to show me what you’ve come up with. To make a mini zine, I recommend making one with scrap paper first, so you can label each page with a page number. This will act as a reference for laying out all future mini zines.
- 8 ½ x 11-inch paper – normal printer paper works well, you’ll need as many sheets as copies of the zine you want to make. Have some extra sheets handy in case you screw up. - Scissors - Bone folder, cleaned off popscicle stick or paperclip – creasing with your fingernail can work too - Photocopier - Stuff to stuff your zine with or a permanent marker - Glue, tape or whatever kind of adhesive that you’re into
1. Fold the paper vertically – hot dog style. Burnish the crease with the bone folder or whatever tool you have handy. Be sure to burnish every crease from here on out. Open the paper. 2. Fold the paper horizontally – hamburger style. 3. Fold the two open ends toward the middle of the paper. One will be on the front and the other will be on that back. Open those two folds. 4. Cut along the center-fold, from the canter of the paper, to the next two folds, as shown.
5. Grasp both sides of the middle from the slit, pull apart and down. Don’t do this too roughly or you will tear the paper. 6. Fold into a book and shape. Here’s where you can take the blank mini zine and label the book with page numbers. This will help you layout your final mini zine. Open up the book after you have everything labeled, and use this as a reference.
1. Use a clean sheet of paper to lay out your own mini zine. 2. If you’re not writing or drawing in your zine, lay everything out before adhering it to the paper. If you are writing or drawing, do that and skip to step 11. 3. Using glue or tape, stick your stuff to the page. 4. Wait for the paper to dry if using a wet adhesive. 5. If you are making multiple copies of the zine, make a test photocopy to make sure the final zine will look okay. Fold this photocopy using steps one through six.
6. Once you’ve confirmed that everything looks OK make as many photocopies of your finished product as you want. 7. Follow steps one through six to make all the photocopies into zines. The pages of your zine won’t line up exactly – that’s just how it goes. After all, paper does have some thickness going for it. Embrace the imperfection. To burnish in this context means to make the crease smooth and sharp. It goes without saying, but if you want a one-of-a-kind zine, you don’t have to make more copies of it. On a final note, thank you to anyone who read my column, particularly if you were reading it every other week. The attention made me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. It also sometimes drove me up the wall while trying to come up with new and exciting crafts. Meghan White can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Artifacts tell queer Philadelphia’s story POPUP PAGE 9 rights activist. “I don’t even live in Philadelphia actually, I’m somewhat accidentally here but when I heard that this was happening and that Joseph Beam’s desk was here I was like, ‘Oh, I need to see it. That must be why I’m in Philadelphia for a day,’” said Alexis Gumbs, who was visiting from North Carolina. “Sitting at this desk is a profound experience for me because I feel like there’s energy,” she added. “A desk where somebody sits and writes there’s energy in that space, and he was one of my favorite writers – that’s a huge deal in terms of contemporary black feminist ancestor worship for me.” Beam’s desk was filled with GLBT related literature such as Beam’s anthology “In the Life” and “Brother to Brother.” The desk also featured
copies of “Queer Histories: A Comic Book of Illustrated Oral Histories,” which gave personal accounts from different GLBT people and attracted readers visiting the exhibit. “I think Philadelphia has a particular, very interesting, rich history in so many different ways, but the LGBT history here is kind of mind blowing [and] about both public and private spaces,” said Luce Capco Lincoln, a contributor to the exhibit, who also holds an MFA from Temple’s film and media arts program. “Part of what I think becomes really interesting is seeing all these photographs and exhibits, you see how private spaces were made public spaces.” Some of the pieces gave the exhibit a more personal touch. “You have these photographs of peoples’ homes be-
ing opened up and I think that’s pretty common across the country, but what I think is amazing to Philadelphia is sort of how, for instance, Joseph Beam is an amazing historical figure and who he was in conversation is because he was in Philadelphia,” she added. Lincoln’s contribution was in collaboration with artist Che Gossett. Together, they did a mixed media piece combining photos of gay rights demonstrations with audio from activist Kiyoshi Kuromiya detailing his own personal history with being born in a Japanese internment camp, coming out and living with AIDS. “The piece we did on [Kuromiya], he’s really important in Philadelphia history, but he’s also a really interesting icon outside of Philadelphia LGBT history in that he was one of
the first people to start the gay liberation front here, he was involved with a lot of other things and there was a lot of intersectional work happening,” Lincoln said. “It’s not just what we imagine queer history to be, which is often when you think of the Gayborhood you think of white, gay men. I think it’s really important to think about it a lot larger than that.” “The film that Luce and Che made was actually really incredible,” Gumbs said. “Understanding activism in a different way, learning about Philadelphia – because I’m not from Philadelphia – and how they responded to these national and international movements was really cool.” Gumbs added that she had recently heard about a Pop Up Queer History exhibit in progress in her native Durham, N.C.
LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
Joseph Beam’s writing desk displays current GLBT related literature. Beam was a Philadelphia gay rights activist and author.
“I’m really excited about [the exhibit],” Gumbs said. “Seeing an exhibit like this really gives me an idea of what’s possible and there are so many different approaches you can take with that.” Other creative pieces are also featured like “Chapel for the Betrayed,” a makeshift chapel covered in text from Uganda’s proposed anti-gay law, and “The Untitled Black Lesbian Elder Project,” a documentary on black lesbians featuring women from their 60s, 70s and 80s from
all across the U.S. “I feel like I learned all kinds of new things, but for me [with] exhibits like this learning is one part of it but I get that feeling of inspiration [that makes me want to] hang out in the archives of William Way and look through people’s boxes,” Lincoln said. Luis Fernando Rodriguez can be reached at email@example.com.
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TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012 Hoot Coture
Philly cultivates fashion scene
Columnist Mark Longacre concludes Hoot Couture with a review of this year in fashion.
oot Couture opened this semester with tips on the latest workout gear to help you get in
shape. Half the fun of working out is showing off your ripped muscles or toned tummy by choosing the perfect workout attire. Chic workout clothing will put a little pep in your run because looking good while being athletic is fun, no? As the weather warmed up during the course of the semester, spring fashion exploded throughout the Philly fashion scene. The last week in February, Hoot Couture featured a first-hand look at Philly Fashion Week’s spring runway shows. Philly Fashion Week has come a long way since its beginnings, celebrating its seventh season of runway shows this year. The show focused entirely on spring and summer fashion – a nice alternative to New York Fashion Week, which previews clothes two or three seasons in advance. Spring fashion was also the center of Hoot Couture’s most recent article outlining the searing hot trends of this season, chiefly color. Philly designers adopted some neon accent pieces, but the national clothing brands have pushed color as the most important part of this spring’s clothing
lines. Spring trends spread incredibly fast. It seemed as if the second the latest spring trends dropped on Tumblr and Pinterest, everyone flocked straight to H&M and bought the brightest colors they could find. I love the bright colors because they’re a nice break from the gray and black often seen in the city, however, the trends spread like the plague. Social media has become a crucial element of the fashion world. Various clothing designers have turned to the Internet to get word out about their upcoming clothing lines, something virtually unheard of in the past. The Internet allows boutiques to quickly and cheaply promote products to a wide audience, and even target specific audiences based on their interests and the blogs they follow. Social media has helped promote aspiring designers, but in Philadelphia, the industry is incredibly hard to enter. Macy’s has donated a space and collaborated with multiple organizations throughout the city to form the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. The program’s goal is to educate Philly’s elite design and art school alumni about how to market their designs to the retail and wholesale markets, both locally and nationally. The project launched in March, and a board of directors selected five designers to participate in the inaugural class of the incubator program. In addition to having a design-related degree, the designers are also able to network with various leaders in the industry in order to construct a
sustainable business model. With three design schools in the city, it’s no wonder Philly is trying to foster its own fashion industry. The city is full of culture, and its proximity to New York allows for a simple commute between the two. Philadelphia’s history in the textile industry combined with the wealth of fashion knowledge that people in the city have is the recipe for a booming fashion industry. Events like Philadelphia Fashion Week and Design Philadelphia have brought awareness to the fashion scene. Philadelphia’s fashion scene isn’t comparable to NYC’s, but it has the potential to develop into its own niche scene. Through the city’s efforts, there is potential to revitalize the city’s economy and create jobs, while also cultivating a sense of culture. I’m incredibly excited to see what the future has in store for Philly fashion. As students, we have the opportunity to support fellow design students. Instead of walking down Chestnut or Walnut streets, break away from national chains, and check out some of the boutiques in Old City. There are stores catering to every sense of style. If you’re feeling very adventurous, venture to some of the unique consignment shops around South Street. I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for the city. Philadelphia has the potential to be a fashion destination – we just have to help it grow. Mark Longacre can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
XFINITY LIVE! 1100 PATTISON AVE. OPEN DAILY 11 A.M. TO 2 A.M.
Bummed that you can’t afford tickets for the next Phillies game? At XFINITY Live!, experience close to that same euphoria as attending an actual game. This dining, entertainment and retail complex, located at the 11th Street parking lot at the South Philly sports complex, includes several venues including the PBR Bar and Grill and the Victory Beer Hall, as well as an NBC Sports Arena. The outdoor area is centered on the XFINITY On Demand Theater – a 24-foot wide Sony LED video board, showing sports games and movies. Next to the theater is the NBC Sports Field, a 300-foot turf field, where numerous concerts, free activities and events will be held throughout the summer. XFINITY Live! opened in March, but has already become a new South Philly destination.
COMMOTION JUNE 16 TO 30
This free arts festival will invite Philadelphia communities to explore their neighborhoods in a new way, and see them in a new light. The project began in January and culminates in June with the free festival, aimed at “reimagining public art.” Events will include book arts, dance, sculpture, video, theater and sound art, as well as a celebratory raising of the “Super Creature of Energy and Power – a 20-foot tall sculpture constructed by local youths from recycled materials. It will also feature a computergenerated, sound-art project that allows audience members to utilize Google maps to create a freely re-mixable and customizable sound experience.
GLOBAL FUSION FESTIVAL PENN’S LANDING WATERFRONT JULY 15 TO 22
Come celebrate Global Fusion Week, which draws an array of diverse groups together to celebrate cultures from across the globe. The one-day festival during the week-
long celebration features international food, creations and programs, along with free entertainment, culture-specific performers and local and national recording artists. This festival brings Asian, Latino, Native American and African cultures together for a celebration of diversity and individuality.
CEZANNE, MATISSE AND GAUGUIN EXHIBIT PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART JUNE 20 TO SEPT. 3
The museum’s next blockbuster exhibit features the works of great French artists, Cezanne, Matisse and Gauguin, and explores the theme of “Vision of Arcadia,” also known as an “early paradise,” which these artists depicted through their art. These artists are considered to be a few of the first foundations of contemporary art, aiming to show harmony and balance in their artwork, along with peacefulness and tranquility in nature. In France, circa the early 1900s, a mystical place of harmony was a major theme, and these artists showed this through their art. Featuring more than 40 works of art from 23 artists, this exhibit will also explore the appeal that the Arcadian ideal had for artists in the 19th century, and how it emerged in a new and powerful form in the work of a generation of contemporary painters.
THE COLOR RUN JULY 8 8 A.M.
You don’t have to be a marathon runner to participate in this 5K. You can run it alone, or with a group of four or more people. The run takes the course of a loop from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to the Rocky statue. Each kilometer of the event is associated with a color – the first is yellow, the second is blue, third is green, fourth is pink and the final kilometer is a “Color Extravaganza.” Volunteers, staff and sponsors will blast runners or walkers with a color. There will be music, food, festivities and more color at the end of the race. -Maura Lieberman
Cupcakes include fresh brews BEERCAKES PAGE 9 week to raise money for equipment including an oven, display case and refrigerator to occupy the storefront location she hopes to soon secure. The fundraising goal is set at $21,000. Malmros said that her bakery will be sans doilies, lace and “froofy” decor. Instead, she said her ideal store vibe would be that of a dive bar, providing an outlet for local artists and photographers to showcase their work, as well as give patrons a place to enjoy beer both on tap and in dessert form. “Having spent time as an artist who didn’t really know how to get their stuff out there, I’d like to get people involved and make it a very community-oriented kind of business,” Malmros said. “Just being a part of the Philly community is really exciting for me. I think there’s a lot of opportunity to get involved and do fun events.” Malmros said she imagines Philly Beer Cake’s brick-andmortar location as having fresh beer on tap that customers could choose to have incorporated into their cupcakes. While they
sit and enjoy a pint, Malmros said she could bake their custom order in 30 to 40 minutes from beginning to end if she has everything prepared, in addition to offering already baked cupcakes to those who don’t want to wait. The store would be open early afternoon to late at night because, “who needs beer cake in the morning?” Malmros joked. “I’m not really picky on a location,” Malmros said. “I just don’t want it to be too much off the beaten path, because I think that’s what’s going to be really fun is to have people come and walk in late at night – the hours is what’s going to make it stand a part from other bakeries.” “It’s going to be very much like this,” Malmros added, looking up at the paper snowflakes, tinsel and art instillation hanging from the walls and ceiling of Dirty Frank’s Bar on South 13th Street. “I want people to walk in and be like, ‘Is this a bar or a bakery?’” In addition to working with established Philly beers, Malmros said she wants to support the
homebrewing scene that’s become a huge fad in the city. “People are really proud of their beers, so since my cakes actually taste like the beers I make it with, it’s exciting for people,” Malmros said. “My dad used to make beer, so I really appreciate what goes into developing the different flavors. I’d love for people to bring me their own beer [to bake with].” Down the road, Malmros said she sees Beer Cakes expanding to different cities to celebrate other local beer cultures, but said no matter how much her business expands she doesn’t want to ever stop practicing her passion for cake decorating. “I don’t ever want to put on a suit and be the owner of Beer Cakes, I want to be in the kitchen making awesome cakes,” Malmros said. “I didn’t know how it was going to go, and so far it’s gone really well. I feel like I’m in a bit over my head, but it’s exciting and I’m thrilled.” Cara Stefchak can be reached at email@example.com.
KATE McCANN TTN
Owner and founder of Philly Beer Cakes, Lexi Malmros, holds a cupcake made with the Victory Beer Storm King Stout. The cupcake named King’s Cup by a Twitter follower of PBC, is made with stout cake and topped with coffee buttercream and Heath Bar pieces.
Girl Talk’s inner-city setting is intentional. Stroman, her sisters and her mother – who became a mom at the age of 15 – were raised by oming to Temple, LaToya Stroman a single mother in the Northeast. And as such, didn’t have what most would describe Stroman said she was inherently linked to a set of negative statistics about inner city youth. But her as a “normal transition.” Though she did attend La Salle life and Girl Talk’s story is an alternative to what University immediately after graduating high these statistics have to say. “You don’t have to be a product of a bad envischool, a slew of jobs, obstacles and hurdles ronment,” Stroman said. “That’s why my program crossed her path before she came to Temple in is in the inner city – good people Fall 2010. and good products come out of the At the May 10 commenceinner city, and they’re doing good, ment ceremony, she’ll be recountpositive things in the community.” ing that journey for graduates, But the story she’ll tell at gradtheir friends and family members uation starts before her successes as this year’s student commenceat Temple, back when she attended ment speaker – a role that Stroman Abraham Lincoln High School in said she couldn’t be more excited Mayfair in Northeast Philly, where about. she said she had “always been seri“I’m very humble and grateous about academics.” ful for the opportunity to encourFollowing high school she went age and motivate graduates and to La Salle, but only completed her everyone who will hear [my stofreshman year. ry],” Stroman said. “I hope people A fire devoured her family’s can look at my life and get inspired house, which sent her off into the and motivated.” LaToya Stroman / working world and away from Now, she’s graduating and 2012 student academia for several years to earn receiving her bachelor’s degree commencement speaker money and help to support her famin broadcasting, telecommunicaily. She worked in four “corporate” tions and mass media, and moving settings, including her last at Cushman and Waketo Los Angeles for a job she secured through an field, where she worked in real estate investment internship while studying abroad in London in sales. She said that she was prepared to start and 2011. During her year-and-a-half at Temple, she finish her career in real estate there and work her was an anchor and did commercials for TuTV, way up to the top. worked at OwlSports and last year was chosen as But then she got laid off, and while she said a Lew Klein scholar. the lack of bi-weekly paychecks and transition And perhaps the crown jewel in Stroman’s back into academia was a “major sacrifice” and multitude of achievements is a project she started transition, the reality check that came with losing in 2008 called Girl Talk Philly. As the nonprofit’s her job motivated her to finish her education and founder, she organizes activities and resources for follow her passion. the group of more than 300 young girls, which “I was depressed when I wasn’t in school, she said began as a group of 14. She uses trips, when I was working jobs, I hated it – and I alcrafts, activities and workshops to promote “love, ways wanted to go back to school,” Stroman education and abstinence” – three facets she said said. “Something came to me when I got laid inner-city youth often need to know more about. off. I didn’t know what was going to happen, I
KARA SAVIDGE Arts & Entertainment Editor
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
AN M O R T S A Y O LAT
“It’s not about how you start but how you finish, and that has been motivating me besides my faith and my family.”
Courtesy LaToya Stroman
prayed about it and got inspired by “finish what you start.” “It’s not about how you start but how you finish, and that has been motivating me besides my faith and my family,” she added. So she returned to school at the Community College of Philadelphia. Then, when she graduated with her associate’s degree in liberal arts in 2010, she set out to attend the School of Communications and Theater to pursue a career in television. Her other endeavors, and position as a role model for hundreds of young girls, pushed her to go back to school, too. “When you’re involved in something as a leader they say ‘What have you done?’” Stroman said. “Telling people that education works – that’s one of the founding principles of Girl Talk – and
Senior CS major looks west to Amazon job KNAUTH PAGE 7 using SEPTA routes. “SEPTrip won second place in this year’s Future of Computing competition for undergraduate projects,” Knauth said. “We’re hoping to make it available for download by June.” As many seniors prepare to graduate, Knauth offers advice for those who are preparing to enter the workforce. “Don’t be afraid to expand your search radius,” she said. “If you’re open to relocation, you may find that your skill set is in greater demand in another part of the country or world. Also, perfect your résumé and
interviewing skills. Interviewers have a limited amount of time to form an opinion of you, so first impressions really count.” Knauth will be starting at Amazon on May 21, and will be moving to Orange County, Calif., for the job. “I’m going to miss my classmates,” she said. “I’ve met so many amazing people at Temple. These have been the most memorable years of my life so far.”
[I was] able to say ‘I’ll put myself up to the challenge as well.’” Now, she has that credibility. Now, as she graduates and moves on to her career with Shorts – an international short film company in Los Angeles – she looks back on her successes and considers how her achievements can serve as ammunition. “Education really does pay off and all these stories make me more credible when I’m talking to the people who I’m trying to motivate to do the right thing,” Stroman said. “Every day it just gives me more and more to say to them, that hard work does pay off and doing the right thing does make a difference.” Kara Savidge can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former TSG Pres. keeps Owl status as Beasley student SALTRY PAGE 7
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Kathryn Knauth will leave Philadelphia this summer for a job with Amazon.
Columnists suggest friend zone exit: start being a friend WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? MEGHAN WHITE and ALEXIS SACHDEV
Columnists Alexis Sachdev and Meghan White reflect on the myth of the “friend” zone.
eghan once worked with a boy named George. He was perfectly sweet and nice – a great guy – however, she was not romantically interested in him. He proceeded to tell her best friend about his feelings for Meghan in hopes of reciprocity. But if there was any potential of her having romantic feelings for him, they were null after he didn’t have the courage to declare his feelings to her at the risk of “ruining our friendship,” or whatever the excuse is. This probably sounds familiar. To all the “nice guys” out there like George, you’re not a nice guy. You exalt yourselves above your fellow men as the shoulders for women to cry on and praise yourselves for listening to our often-incessant talking. When the object of your affections says she wants someone funny, sexy,
smart, successful or well-dressed, you automatically believe you fit the bill. And if you have to say you’re a nice guy, you’re not fooling anyone. You seek rewards for the so-called labors of your friendship. But this is not friendship, this is a villifying game rather than something built off mutual trust and respect. You treat the relationship as an arcade game, seeking kindness points as tickets in return for sex. This is the friend zone, and it’s bollocks. Some months ago, someone Alexis had considered a friend claimed she had friendzoned him after she showed the hots for another man in his presence. However, this “friend” had never previously – or at least soberly – told her that he had romantic feelings for her, but had the expectation that his actions under the guise of friendship would lead to something more. You are not owed anything for your friendship. Claiming that you’ve been “friend-zoned” voids our right to feelings. You are one of the worst offenders of misogyny, believing you are entitled to sex and/or romantic feelings as some form of payment for your time and energy. If we have not reciprocated your feelings, have we then wasted your time? This mentality suggests that you only pursued our friendship in hopes of getting what you desire, but it begs the question: If you receive sex or romantic affection in return, was our friendship valueless to you? A double-standard of heteronormative dating patterns enters the consciousness at
the acknowledgement that there is no female version of the “friend zone.” Generally, women do not hold similar expectations for their friendships. If a man were to reject his female friend’s advances, she would either deal with it in the friendship, or leave. But nowhere in this situation does the average woman disparage her male friend, claiming he “owes” her anything in return for her friendship. Nice guys don’t finish last. They don’t finish first. They don’t lose to the jerks or come out winning as the underdogs in the end. Sure, every woman appreciates having a strong group of supportive friends surrounding her, but if you’re in it for the wrong reasons, you’re anything but the nice guy. You’re a wanker. So instead of complaining that you’ve been friend-zoned, accept the fact that maybe this woman is just not that into you. It doesn’t mean you’re not right for someone else, but you can’t force yourself upon someone who doesn’t reciprocate the feelings. A real friend would respect her interests and stop giving the genuinely nice guys a bad rep. Alexis Sachdev and Meghan White can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colin Saltry will take the next step in his elected official endeavors, leaving his position as TSG student body president for a seat in Beasley this fall. a refusal to continue moving forward. “I don’t think we can be satisfied where we are,” he said. Though the goal was once a childhood dream, Saltry said if he runs for public office it will most likely be for presidential status. “I wanted the perks of the job,” he said. “I wanted to walk around and I wanted to be referred to as Mr. President. Having done [TSG] I wouldn’t need to do that again.” The current political climate doesn’t worry him. Saltry said his time speaking with politicians and individuals as a member of Temple College Democrats introduced him to different but not conflicting ideas. “I don’t see that gridlock…I don’t see that for our generation,” he said. “I think we’re smarter than that.”
Saltry will enroll in Beasley Law School this fall, though he said he has not decided what type of law to pursue. “Being at TSG for three and a half years, now four… I’ve gotten so much out of this university. I feel like I owe it to them to stick around,” he said. Until then, summer is a popular season for celebrations, both graduations and weddings. “My goal is to get a lot of work over the summer,” Saltry said. “I hate ‘My Way,’ because it’s a guy at the end of his life,” Saltry said. “And it’s sad but it’s uplifting. I’ve got my whole life ahead of me. I’m not going to be bringing people down.” Amelia Brust can be reached at email@example.com.
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Documentary reveals local insights on TU expansion In its third documentary, “Generation TempleTown,” The Temple News spoke with Temple students raised in the surrounding communities. ALEXIS SACHDEV Living Editor Looking out any Main Campus building window, the surrounding local community appears to be intact. Yet what is not visible to the naked eye is how drastically these adjacent neighborhoods have evolved in the 125-plus years since Temple’s founding. Last year, The Temple News staff produced a 22-minute documentary, which chronicled changes to Main Campus’ surrounding community in recent years. “The Wild West of Broad” discussed the changing face of neighborhoods west of Broad Street due to Temple’s ever-expanding presence and the increasing number of students living in off-campus housing. Where “The Wild West of Broad” succeeded in gaining the perspectives of local residents, block captains, members of Habitat of Humanity and Tom Anderson, the retired vice president of community affairs, it fell short in discussing the trans-generational effects of such expansion. For its third successive documentary, TTN turned an eye to its students who come from these neighborhoods. “Generation TempleTown,” to air on the publication’s website today, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of Temple’s expansion in regards to the city’s youth. “The focus [of “Generation TempleTown”]is to basically talk to the youth of the community,” Saba Aregai, assistant multimedia editor and producer of the documentary, said. “I feel like in last year’s documentary, we didn’t really get the viewpoint of the generation that’s actually growing up in the [expansion].” “We hear a lot as far as the news and the coverage about homeowners and developers,” she added, referring to TTN and local newspapers’ coverage of City Council President Darrell Clarke’s proposed North Central Neighborhood Improvement District bill. “You don’t really hear about the people who actually have to live through the changes. I just wanted to give them the opportunity to give their perspective because they can be the next generation to live here or they can just be the generation that moves out of North Philly.” The resolution, introduced to City Council on Oct. 6, 2011, would increase cleanliness and safety in the area, but at a price to local homeowners through an assessment fee. But the NCNID isn’t entirely to blame for
a dissatisfied and disgruntled community. In [“Neighbor relations a multi-level effort,” p. 1], TTN reports that the number of students has reportedly tripled since 2002, and now approximately 11,500 students live in university-owned housing or near Main Campus. In the last decade, North Philadelphia residents have dealt with Temple students’ transient habitation of their blocks, a phenomenon that was nonexistent during the university’s commuter days. “These college students that I spoke to, they grew up in North Philly and they saw the changes happen,” Aregai said. Aregai spoke to current Temple students who were raised in surrounding communities during the university’s period of expansion, and are now caught in a strife between their school and their homes. These students chose to take advantage of the benefits of living near a major university, and were raised with a strong desire to attend college. One interviewee of the documentary, Dannie Phantom, said the alternative options were not for him. “I made the conscious decision not to fall into that path at a young age,” he said. “You get mistreated, and that’s why you become a person that do bad, because you get mistreated.” Several interviewees said that while the surrounding neighborhoods have negative aspects – namely drugs and violence – these were not always issues. In fact, North Philadelphia was once a much livelier community with thriving businesses. But after decades of Temple expansion and racial tensions, the area is more rife with crime. Yet as the university continues to widen its scope and breadth in North Philly, residents and their youth are adamant about staying put, despite buy-out offers. Senior communications major and North Philly native Malcolm Kenyatta summed it up by saying, “Temple’s here to stay, and the community is here to stay.” After spending Fall 2011 researching and planning, and Spring 2012 shooting and editing footage, “Generation TempleTown” will be available on TTN’s website today, Tuesday, May 1. Alexis Sachdev can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SABA AREGAI TTN
Dannie Phantom (top) and Malcolm Kenyatta (middle) are Temple students born and raised in surrounding communities, who were featured in “Generation TempleTown.” They commented on the struggles they encountered growing up in a violent and drug-ridden area, and how it takes a conscious decision to rise above. Edgar Taylor (bottom), a resident of 20th and Fontain streets, commented on the changes the surrounding neighborhoods have undergone during Temple’s expansion.
“Generation TempleTown” LUIS FERNANDO RODRIGUEZ TTN
Young boys play basketball at 19th and Fontain streets. The past few generations of local youth are part of what has been nicknamed “Generation TempleTown,” a generation that has grown up during Temple’s expansion into North Philadelphia.
Check out this year’s documentary profiling Temple students raised in the surrounding area at temple-news.com/multimedia.
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We’ve all dealt with Student Financial Services’ waiting room, Johnson and Hardwick’s questionable food and all-nighters in the TECH Center, but below you’ll find The Temple News’ bucket list of things every student should do before the “Pomp and Circumstance.”
1. Listen to the “Acres of Diamonds” speech Perhaps the most-delivered speech in history, Russell Conwell orated the “Acres of Diamonds” speech more than 5,000 times during his lifetime. Conwell tells of a popular legend he heard while in a camel caravan down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in 1870. The tale features a Persian farmer, Ali Hafed, who deserted his farmland to search for a fabled diamond field. Years later, Hafed died a poor and weary old man. It is later discovered that the acres of diamonds were in Hafed’s farm. Conwell found the story inspirational, and recounted it in his speech by reminding the audi-
ence that the acres of diamonds they seek are not tangible, but metaphorically fill the city of Philadelphia as opportunity, if they only seek it. As the founder of Temple, Conwell is now buried in Founder’s Circle among his own diamonds, where he, more than 150 years ago, founded and cultivated education and prosperity. Before any Owl leaves Main Campus, they should listen to this immortalized speech as a reminder that success is not far away, but in one’s own back yard.
2. Show your Cherry and White pride Temple’s football and basketball tradition may not be as deeply engrained in university cultures as, say, Penn State’s, but that doesn’t mean as Owls we have any less pride. If you haven’t yet, you should join the Cherry Crusaders for a game. Paint your body Cherry and White, tailgate with fellow Owls and scream your lungs out, cheering on your team. Not sure how? Here’s the beginning of our Fight Song:
3. Become a legend
The four-plus years you’re spending on Main Campus are more than just hours slaving away in the TECH Center under stacks of psychology dissertations, or in a chemistry lab reeking of formaldehyde. These are the years to get lost, to find yourself, to forge a new path and to make a new name. And what better way to do that than to be the next big campus sensation?
“T for Temple U, Un-i-ver-sity! Fight! Fight! Fight! For the Cherry and the White, for the Cherry and the White we’ll fight, fight, fight!” A team is only as strong as its fans. Get down to Lincoln Financial Field or the Liacouras Center to cheer on all your fellow students. Take the half-court shot and win some cash while you’re at it.
Besides, someone needs to put a stop to the Temple University Memes. Go streaking past the Bell Tower, horse mask optional. Take a cue from the likes of Mark Zuckerburg, Alexis Ohanian and Seth Berkowitz and start your own company. Organize a campuswide rally. Become the next Temple Student Government student body president.
4. Party your heart out
While you’re not slaving away for your psych professor or becoming famous, take a little time to unwind from the stresses of your early 20s before the responsibilities of your mid-20s kick in. Party with the Greeks at one of Main Campus’ many fraternity houses, head down to West Philly for some crazy underground raves, mosh at a house show, flirt with the bassist, drink until you puke, then keep drinking, dress up in a toga
or skip the clothes altogether for an ABC party. Break out of your shell and experiment with some things that should be socially unacceptable, but inexplicably aren’t during the time-warp that is your college years. Legally, we can’t tell you how to spend your partying daze, but with a little imagination and a cue from “National Lampoon’s Animal House” or “Old School” for some inspiration.
Although Temple is heralded as having one of themost diverse student bodies among U.S. colleges and universities, it’s easy to get caught up in cliques on Main Campus. Take advantage of one of Temple’s study abroad or exchange options, which include Italy, Japan, Germany, South Africa, Oman, India and China. While you’re abroad, soak up the sights and languages, and be fully prepared to come
home for a culture shock. If you’re not one for travel, explore the academic options and change your major. Change out the suit and tie for an artic’s apron, or abandon the scientific studies for the religious. If we haven’t stressed it enough, this is the time to experiment. Immerse yourself fully in a new academic discipline. You’d be surprised what you learn about yourself in the process.
5. Leave the comfort zone
6. Make some BFFs
When we left high school, we all promised to be friends forever. It’s a hard promise to maintain, and often moving away from each other puts stresses on those relationships. While you’re here, forge some new friendships, find your future maid of honor or best man, hell, even your future spouse. You’ve suffered together through SFS de-
bacles, that insane capstone class and the upsets and victories of the athletics teams. Your bond is irreplaceable. Just don’t let them tell your future kids about that “one crazy night in college.” -Alexis Sachdev
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Owls capture distance and shot put silver medals RELAYS PAGE 20 honey added. In other events, the men’s distance medley relay, consisting of redshirt senior Louis Parisi, senior Alan Harding, sophomore Will Kellar and Mahoney, finished second in the ‘B’ heat of the College Men’s Distance Medley Relay Championship of America on Friday, April 27. Harding moved up from fifth to second in the 400-meter leg in a furious last 200 meters, and the final two legs in Keller and Mahoney held the spot. Sophomore Dylan Pensyl and junior Josh McFrazier teamed up with sophomores Tyreece Clayton and Carlton Stafford to finish 33rd overall in Friday’s 4×200m relay race with a mark of 1:29.46. The relay was listed as an alternate in Saturday’s Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America final race and ultimately did not run. Temple’s 4x100m relay was a different story. Consisting of McFrazier, Pensyl, sophomore Alex McGee and junior Damian Myers, the Owls placed 35th overall with a time of 41.98 seconds in Friday’s College Men’s 4x100m relay. The finish was good enough for qualification in the IC4A final race. After becoming the
first team to win the event last year, Temple’s 2012 version of the 4x100m relay did not fare as well. Despite featuring two runners from last year’s squad in Pensyl and McGee, they were the last to cross with a time of 42.5 seconds. The men’s 4×400m relay finished as the runners-up in the Wetzler, Pa., heat Friday. McGee, Harding, Myers and sophomore Lionel Wilson combined for a time of 3:17.16 and finished ahead of rival St. Joseph’s, which finished third. Overall, the Owls’ performance was enough to impress Jelley and, according to the assistant coach, the city of Philadelphia. “The way I see it, the Penn Relays is Philadelphia,” Jelly said. “To represent ourselves in our own city means a lot. To come here and see Temple really show up at the Penn Relays is a good thing.” “Running in our own city really motivates our runners,” Jelley added. “This is our town and we know that there are going to be a lot of Temple people and alumni here and to show them how good we’re getting is important for our program.” Drew Parent can be reached at email@example.com.
JAZMYNE ANDERSON TTN
Sophomore sprinter Alex McGee (left) and freshman jumper (right) Kiersten LaRoche compete at the Penn Relays. McGee ran the second leg for the men’s 4x400m relay and LaRoche competed in the long jump event for the women’s team.
Legend leads gymnastics Witmer chases soccer dream Men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff brings a wealth of experience. IBRAHIM JACOBS The Temple News One day and 1,403 miles removed from the NCAA National Championships in Oklahoma, Fred Turoff is sitting in his cluttered office making and studying a DVD of the national competition. Soon it will join the other tapes comprising an entire wall in his office, collected by Turoff in his 36 years leading the team. Turoff has been the men’s gymnastics coach since 1976, the same year that Steve Jobs released Apple Computer’s first product, the Apple I. As Apple has gone from making computers with no keyboards to touch-screen phones, Turoff has guided the program to a transformation of similar magnitude. When Turoff assumed his duties as coach, Temple had won two conference championships in 27 years. By winning the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference this season, Turoff delivered his 17th conference title as coach. “It is like a dynasty,” women’s gymnastics coach Aaron Murphy said. “[Turoff] has been here forever. His name means so much within not only NCAA gymnastics, but within USA Gymnastics.” Turoff’s name resides in not only the Temple Hall of Fame, but in the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as well. Among active coaches, Turoff’s tenure is the second longest in the NCAA gymnastics field. With his experience greatening and age climbing, Turoff has no plans of slowing down. “I am still having fun,” Turoff said. “I don’t have any thoughts at all of retiring. I am still enjoying myself going into the gym and it keeps me young.” “People think I know [how long Turoff will coach] just because I am in the same gym with him,” Murphy added. “The truth is I don’t know. He is like the forever-lasting coach.” While Murphy has coached the women’s team the past six years, he is no stranger to the men’s game. He competed for Temple under Turoff and was a
nationally recognized gymnast. wants to do very well,” Fred Murphy returned to be an as- Turoff said. “I want everyone to sistant coach for the men’s team do well. He is not going to get before switching to the wom- special treatment from me.” While Fred Turoff has an en’s program in 2002. While nobody inside the program has established personal relationpinpointed a possible successor ship with Evan Turoff, his perto Turoff, Murphy could have a sonal relationship with the entire team sets him apart from chance at the opportunity. “I’m torn,” Murphy said. other coaches. At the beginning “I have had a lot of good ex- of every season Fred Turoff has periences with the women’s an individual meeting with each team. I have been able to help team member. At the meeting, them grow with their program goals for the year are discussed, and get them winning a little both in athletic and academic bit more. But also coaching the accomplishments, an area Fred Turoff stresses. guys would be At the end of each fun too. I came year, a second from this proround of individual gram, from this meetings are held to gym. If the podiscuss the progress sition opened of the year and the up I would have development of the to do some student athlete. heavy think“It is extremely ing.” important for the Murphy coach and the indishould have Fred Turoff / coach vidual gymnast to plenty of time to ponder the hypothetical situa- sit down because we normally tion. Among the recruiting class don’t get that one-on-one time,” for the 2013 season is Evan Mooney said. “That one-on-one Turoff, Fred Turoff’s only son. time is very important to estabFred Turoff said he’d like to be lish a relationship with him and around throughout his son’s ten- to set the page with what we need to do next year.” ure. Through Fred Turoff’s “I will be here for at least four more years,” Turoff said. “I guidance, Temple gymnastics have no plans of retiring. I enjoy has been elevated to a national being here and especially since scale, and his impact on the promy son is going to be here my gram is unmatched. “Regardless of how much wife agrees that I should be here during his time as a student. As longer he decides to coach, long as I am healthy and can when he does retire the sport of gymnastics is going to lose continue I expect to be here.” Evan Turoff is expected to a coach that is one of the best enter the program and compete coaches that is out there today,” for a starting role in rings, his former Temple Hall of Fame strongest event. While he also and All-American gymnast Bill has desire to compete in three Roth said. While Fred Turoff has beother events, he faces a challenge rarely seen in the colle- come the face of Temple gymgiate level, the scrutiny of being nastics, the story for his total impact on the program is still the coach’s son. “[Fred Turoff] might feel a being written. “That No. 36, that’s a lot of little bit of pressure not to give his son too much attention and years,” Murphy said. “I don’t I think his son will not want to think anybody could ever match receive too much attention,” him. His passion for the sport senior captain Chris Mooney allows him to do this. Everysaid. “[Evan Turoff] is going to one knows him as the guy who want to fit in with the team and strives for perfection.” not feel like he is different from Ibrahim Jacobs can be reached anybody else.” at firstname.lastname@example.org. Fred Turoff said he feels no pressure having his son on the team. As Evan Turoff, he added, would take care of that on his own. “[Evan Turoff] puts the pressure on himself because he
WITMER PAGE 20
“As long as I am healthy and can continue, I expect to be here.”
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Former forward Tyler Witmer plans to extend his soccer career at the professional level. his ability to score whenever Although Witmer’s ability we needed him to score made on the field solidified his place him a special player.” in MacWilliams’ starting 11, it The combination of his was his personality and attitude time at high school and also that quickly made him a favorplaying club soccer throughout ite of MacWilliams. much of his childhood helped “[Witmer] was a guy who Witmer develop as a young and always worked hard,” Macupcoming player. Williams said. “He was very “One thing about high coachable. He always had a school is you’re playing with great attitude and was one of your friends,” Witmer said. those guys who made our team “That was one click.” of the best parts “It’s funny beabout high cause in my freshschool, but playman year I had a ing club soccer standout year, and was influential to then my numbers me as a player. dropped each year That’s where I after that,” Witreally developed mer said. “But I and built a rébecame a smarter sumé that was player as I went on David MacWilliams / at college. [Macworthy of getting coach looks from DiviWilliams] helped sion I schools.” me a lot and he Before he was really good at knew it, Temple bringing me up. came calling. Coach Dave Even if my numbers weren’t MacWilliams saw something as good, I became a better allin Witmer, a midfielder upon around player at Temple.” his arrival, and converted Today, as a younger sochim to a forward. cer player looking for his big “He handled that transi- break, Witmer will try to use tion well,” MacWilliams said. those same qualities he dis“There were times we played played over those many years him as a withdrawn forward playing high school and colwhere he could kind of play lege soccer as he attempts to both ways, and sometimes we move up the soccer ranks. Alplayed him up top as an all-out though he is just embarking on attacking forward. a possible professional career,
“[Witmer] was very coachable. He always had a great attitude.”
the reality of it all is that it won’t last forever. “As much as I would like to, I know I’m not going to play soccer forever,” Witmer said. “It’s going to be hard to hang it up, and it’s going to take me a while. I’m trying to go pro now because I don’t want to wait and then run out of time.” “I don’t want to have any regrets,” Witmer added. “I want to be able to say with confidence that I tried as hard as I could and took risks and made sacrifices to go to the next level and live the pro dream.” Drew Parent can be reached at email@example.com.
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The football program strives to maintain a level of competition in the Big East following its unprecedented removal from the conference in 2004. The Owls re-join the Big East for football in 2012. continued competing in the conference in football until 2004. The Big East cited its ongoing concerns, poor attendance and lack of university funding, with Temple as its reasons for the decision. Newly appointed in charge of the university, former president David Adamany, said he was unaware of any of the Big East’s problems with Temple prior to assuming office. “No board member ever mentioned it when they briefed me on issues at Temple I should be working on,” Adamany said. “I was brand new and I wasn’t told by anyone that we were in trouble with the Big East. I came to Temple and a ton of bricks fell on me.” However, during the eightmonth period between when Adamany took the presidency in August 2000 and the March 2001 announcement of Temple’s exit from the Big East, Adamany had at least two discussions with the Big East in which he said the conference gave the university “notice.” George Moore, the head of university counsel and secretary of the board of trustees, and O’Brien said they weren’t aware of any conversations the university was having with the conference specifically on Temple’s removal in Fall 2000. A brand-new president who didn’t know of the Big East’s concerns prior to assuming office was having private meetings with the conference’s presidents to decide on Temple’s future. “I had only been here for a few months and I had never been briefed on the problem,” Adamany said. “I did say at a meeting of Big East presidents that I’d like to be given an opportunity to turn this thing around. I think the view of the Big East presidents at that time was that Temple had been given a chance to turn things around and it failed to do so.” Joseph “Chip” Marshall, a trustee on both the executive and athletics committees, said Adamany was the “point man” in the university’s discussion with the Big East. “I was a fairly active member of the board with athletics, but people weren’t calling me,” Marshall said. “They were calling the president.” Adamany neglected to bring up the issue at Board of Trustees meetings in October and December of 2000. When the March 2001 announcement of Temple’s exit came around, the move seemed to have shocked everyone but Adamany. “I don’t think you just go into a meeting and say, ‘This is what’s going to happen,’ I think there were conversations behind closed doors that I didn’t know about,” Wallace said. “It was disappointing to get voted out.” “I think there may have been a better way to doing it and give us an opportunity to pick things up where they say ‘You’ve got two years to do this Temple and this is your last chance’ as opposed to just
in 2001 calling us into a meeting and saying ‘We took a vote and decided [Temple is out],’” Moore said. “It came on pretty suddenly, they hadn’t been happy with us and we knew they weren’t happy with us, but we never thought it would come to that.” Adamany said Temple’s Big East fate was decided before he took office. “As to whether it was a surprise, the answer is that there had been clear warning to Temple over several years that its performance was not adequate,” Adamany said. “There certainly was some notice to Temple.” “It’s widely misunderstood why Temple was pushed out of the Big East and some misunderstanding in my role in that, whether I was vigorous enough in my attempt to keep Temple in the Big East,” Adamany added. “I just made the best argument that could be made, but since we had already been given repeated warnings before I got here, the Big East wasn’t interested in listening to anything we had to say.”
University officials first attempted to talk the Big East into rescinding its decision after the Big East presidents voted out Temple, but those talks were unsuccessful. “We fought it at the time, but we weren’t successful in convincing the presidents of the other institutions in the Big East to take this in a different direction,” Moore said. “They had seen Temple’s performance and outcomes over the course of the years and they said ‘That’s enough, it’s time for us to move on and we have to find better pastures for us to do what we need to do in the Big East. Despite our efforts to try and stop that from happening, it happened, finances mean a lot, money means a lot, if you’re not bringing money in and just taking money out, after a while they asked ‘What’s the purpose of that?’” Adamany said a lawsuit had been threatened against the Big East, but the university did not go through with it and instead began negotiating the school’s exit. “There was no point in engaging in a lawsuit that costs a lot of money and certainly we would not win,” Adamany said. “Moreover you have to remember that any conference has to be able to act together on many issues. What kind of relationship would we have with the Big East if we were suing them in court? The answer is that it would be a broken relationship and you would not be able to participate in a conference if you have a broken relationship with the conference.” As part of negotiating the university’s exit, Moore and other university officials were successful in convincing the Big East to let the Owls stay through the 2004 season. “One of the things we con-
vinced the Big East in 2001 was, ‘Look, we’ve recruited student athletes to come here and play in the Big East. They’re going to be here through 2004, you can’t pull the rug out from those student athletes. That’s not right,’” Moore said. “If you’re going to pull the rug out from under us and tell us to leave, you have to at least let us play out the string.” Mike Tranghese, Big East commissioner from 1990 to 2009, and other Big East officials declined to comment. On January 21, 2002, the university announced the resignation of Athletic Director Dave O’Brien. Both O’Brien and Adamany declined to discuss the specifics of his resignation and declined to discuss how the two worked together as Temple was being removed from the Big East amid speculation that the two did not get along with each other. Current Provost and thenVice President for Administration Richard Englert and the
board members there. They were meeting and we were kind of in a back room,” Wallace said. “[Adamany] came into the back room and asked me my opinion on what we will do with all these student athletes if we drop football. I said at this time it would be very difficult for those kids and we should at least let them play one more season while we try to find them another home. After that meeting, we were invited into the boardroom and that’s when [then-Chairman of the Board of Trustees Howard Gittis and trustee Lewis Katz] made it known that we were not dropping football.” The decision of whether or not to keep the program alive would not be formally addressed until Spring 2004. On the field, whatever vision Wallace had for turning the program around quickly fell apart. The Wallaceled Owls played four seasons in a conference whose relationship with Temple had totally fractured. The Owls went 11-35 in their last four years in the Big
THE KEY PLAYERS DAVID ADAMANY
TEMPLE PRESIDENT, 2000-06 After the decision to save football was made, Adamany put more effort into rebuilding the program. During his tenure, the university’s athletic subsidy increased from $12 million to $17 million.
UNIVERSITY COUNSEL, 1989-PRESENT Moore, the university’s long-time counsel, not only helped negotiate Temple’s exit from the Big East, he also negotiated the specifics of Temple’s entrance into the Big East this year.
JOSEPH “CHIP” MARSHALL
TRUSTEE, 1990-PRESENT Marshall still sits on the board as a member of the executive, athletics, facilities and alumni relations and development committees. He also served as CEO of the university’s health system from 2001-08.
ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, 1996-2002 After leaving Temple, O’Brien became the athletic director at Northeastern, where he stayed until 2007. He is now a professor and director of the sports management program at Drexel University.
FOOTBALL COACH, 1998-2005 Wallace coached at Division II West Alabama from 2006-10. On Jan. 2, Wallace was named head coach at North Alabama, where he won consecutive D-II titles from 1993-95.
retired athletic director of the United States Naval Academy, Jack Lengyel, would serve brief stints as athletic director before current Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw took the job August 1, 2002. While the athletic department’s leadership was a fluid situation, so was the fate of the football team after 2004. Wallace said Adamany initiated the conversation on dropping the football program in a meeting between the two of them, O’Brien and a few select trustees. “I was asked to come over to his office and there were
East and 1-22 in two years as an independent. “It was difficult to recruit a high school player and ask him to play at Temple when I don’t know at what level or where we’re going to be playing,” Wallace said. “That changed our recruiting stance to going after junior college players: wholesale. There’s nothing wrong with junior college players, but when you sign 20-something of them, you know, they’re in junior college for a reason.” Wallace’s decision to bring in so many junior college players not only failed to improve the team, but also ruined the
team’s Academic Progress Rating, which landed the university in hot water with the NCAA. In 2008, the NCAA hit Temple with sanctions that limited the amount of scholarships the football team could have until the 2010 season after posting repeated years with a substandard APR. In Spring 2004, Gittis commissioned a task force to examine the athletic department, but specifically to find out what was to be done with the football team upon exiting the Big East.
THE TASK FORCE
The task force to determine the football team’s fate consisted of trustees, faculty, students and alumni. Some of the names include current Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick O’Connor, who headed the task force, Dean of the Beasley School of Law Joanna Epps and David Baron, the chairman of the psychiatry department at Temple’s medical school. “We started looking at all aspects of the football program, the finances, what it needs to be competitive, the resources available and the resources needed,” Moore said of the task force. “We brought in consultants to talk to us about what football could mean for the university if it was successful and what it could mean for the university if it was not successful and looked at all the data that was available. It was a lot of work done.” “There was a lot of discussion and debate, it was one of the better task forces we’ve had at Temple,” Moore added. The task force was assigned to make a recommendation to the executive committee of the board on what to do with the football team, and the board had to choose whether or not to accept the task force’s recommendation. Ultimately, the task force recommended to have the football team continue to exist as a Division I program in a nonBowl Championship Series conference. Moore said what swayed the task force was word of a possible membership in the Mid-American Conference. “By that time, we have received some overtures from the commissioner of the MAC, Rick Chryst, that the MAC was interested in Temple as a member,” Moore said. “He saw the value Temple had as far as bringing the Philadelphia market and bring the MAC eastward and into this area, not just for television, but as a place to generate interest and a name for the MAC and spread its name.” “Although we didn’t have an invitation, their interest had been expressed,” Moore added. Adamany, who also participated in the task force, recommended dropping the football program, even if the MAC would agree to take in Temple. “For [Adamany], his own personal view was that we should focus our time and energy that would be needed to do that in different direction rather
than trying to resurrect football,” Moore said. “He thought the money, the energy and the resources would be better applied in a different direction, but the board looked at it decided differently.” “At the time it looked like there wouldn’t be a turnaround,” Adamany said. “I didn’t have any negative feelings about the football program. We just looked at the data and I was one of those that looked at it and said ‘I don’t think we’re going to make it,’ so I voted not to continue football. But it turns out once we started to make the effort, we could save the football program and it was saved and it became very strong and I hate to say it this way, but turns out I proved myself to be wrong.”
Once the dust settled from Temple’s Big East exit, the Owls got back to focusing on what’s most important: improving on-the-field performance. Bradshaw hired Al Golden, defensive coordinator of Virginia University, as Temple’s new head coach in December 2005. Golden, who had never been head coach of a Division I team and became the second-youngest head coach in the country at that time, was a risky hire, but the move turned out to be the beginning of the revitalization of Temple football. Golden improved the Owls’ record in each of his first four years in the MAC, culminating in the team’s first bowl appearance in 30 years in 2009. Current head coach Steve Addazio was hired in December 2010 and led Temple to its second bowl appearance in three years, and its first bowl win since 1979, in 2011. Sometime between Golden’s last year in 2010 and when Addazio took over in 2011, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto and Bradshaw met to discuss the possibility of Temple being admitted back into the conference. Those discussions continued as the Big East fell victim to the ever-growing problem in college football of conference re-alignment in Fall 2011. On March 7, Temple was officially announced as a new all sports member of the Big East, effective for football in 2012 and 20 other sports in 2013. “It’s unbelievable, it’s exhilarating, it’s energizing. It hasn’t all hit me since this all happened, it’s been a blur,” Bradshaw said. “I’m certain there will be a day, hopefully soon, where I’ll be by myself, the sun will be shining, I’ll be outside and it’ll hit me, the significance of this, where we were and the steep climb up a sheer cliff…it may hit and it may be emotional.” Joey Cranney and Brian Dzenis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
FIGHTING BACK PART TWO OF TWO
The Temple News investigates the events surrounding Temple’s Big East exit. JOEY CRANNEY BRIAN DZENIS The Temple News
obby Wallace said he was heading into Center City on a Saturday morning when former athletic director Dave O’Brien called him to tell him Temple was being kicked out of the Big East. “[O’Brien] called me on a Saturday morning, I remember it like it was yesterday,” Wallace, the football coach from 1998 to 2005, said. “He called me and said we were out. He told me this isn’t going to be easy.” Temple was formally asked to leave the Big East in March 2001, but was able to negotiate a three-year grace period in which the university
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Temple re-enters the Big East for football in 2012 and 20 other sports in 2013. The Owls were a football-only founding member of the Big East in 1991, but were asked to leave the conference in 2001 due to a lack of attendance and university support.
Temple tied a record for the most Owls selected in a single National Football League Draft by having three players taken between April 26 to April 28. Former Owls, running back Bernard Pierce, tight end Evan Rodriguez and linebacker Tahir Whitehead, were all selected by NFL teams in the 2012 draft. Pierce, a projected mid-
round pick, was drafted 84th overall with the 21st pick of the third round by the Baltimore Ravens. Pierce became Temple’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (53) total touchdowns (54) and points scored (324) in 2011 before declaring early for the draft. He also set single-season records for rushing touchdowns (27), total touchdowns (27), points scored (162) and 100-yard
Soccer standout strives to go pro Tyler Witmer finds challenges along the path to the pros. DREW PARENT The Temple News Training with the Harrisburg City Islanders of the United Soccer Leagues was supposed to lay the groundwork for Tyler Witmer’s career as he continued the pursuit of his dream of playing professional soccer. Getting invited to play on the team during their preseason was supposed to be an even further step toward that goal he has worked for most of his life – until he got cut. The former Temple star forward had suddenly hit a bump in the road, not long after his collegiate soccer career ended this past November. “Trying to go pro is not easy,” Witmer said. “I’ve learned that pretty quickly. There are a lot of kids who are trying to go pro just like I am, and not everyone makes it.” In the wake of his release from Harrisburg City, he started working two jobs with his dream in the back of his mind, waiting for an opportunity to arise. Now, that opportunity has appeared in the form of the Panama City Beach Pirates of
the U.S. Premier Development League, a team based out of Panama City, Fla. “I went to the USL combine in Bradenton, Fla., over the winter, and that’s how I started training with Harrisburg City,” Witmer said. “But I got a few looks from a few other teams, and the Pirates were one of them. They contacted me soon after I got released.” Playing in Panama City Beach is yet another chapter in the pursuit of the pros for Witmer. Although Harrisburg City apparently didn’t see it, Witmer’s former high school coach, Chris Arthur, said Witmer had a special quality about him. “There was definitely something special about him,” Arthur said. “He was by far the best player on the team by his sophomore year. That says something right there.” Witmer hails from Wernersville, Pa., a small town near Reading, Pa. He went to Conrad Weiser High, where he played and became a standout under Arthur during his final three high school years. “He was our center midfielder and he created plays,” Arthur said. “Everything really flowed through him, and if there was ever a goal scored, it usually had something to do with him. His technical ability and
up to select Whitehead with the third pick of the fifth round, 138th overall. Whitehead finished third on the team with 70 tackles in in 2011 as one of the defensive captains. Whitehead made 11 tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, to help lead the Owls to their 37-15 victory against Wyoming in the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl and was named the game’s defensive
most valuable player. In addition to the three draftees, seven other Owls have signed rookie free agent contacts. Offensive linemen Pat Boyle, Derek Dennis and Wayne Tribue signed with the Lions, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos, respectively. Defensive ends Morkeith Brown and Adrian Robinson signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Pitts-
burgh Steelers, respectively. Linebacker Stephen Johnson signed with the New Orleans Saints and wide receiver Rod Streater signed with the Oakland Raiders. At a meeting last week, coach Steve Addazio said he expected three Temple players to get drafted and another four to sign as free agents.
Mahoney, Britton highlight Penn Relays Track and field competes at the 118th annual Penn Relays. DREW PARENT The Temple News Temple’s two most accomplished performances happened to occur on the first day of the three-day marathon event that is the Penn Relays. Senior Travis Mahoney finished with a silver medal in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase championship, placing with a time of 8 minutes and 48.18 seconds. Mahoney was runner up to Indiana’s Andrew Poore, currently the top-ranked steeple runner at the American collegiate level. Freshman thrower Margo Britton shined in her Penn Relays debut, throwing for a distance of 51 feet 6.5 inches in the women’s shot-put and placing second. To add to that, she broke her own school record of 49-4. The performance continued a stellar freshman season, one that yielded an Atlantic Ten Conference Rookie of the Week Award for the week of April 2. Britton would cap off her day with a 15th place finish in the women’s discus throw with a distance of 140-5. The women’s field events continued to impress as senior
thrower Alanna Owens placed second in the shot-put eastern with a throw of 47-3. Freshman jumper Kiersten LaRoche also made an impressive Penn Relays debut with Temple, placing eighth in the long jump eastern with a jump of 18-7. Some of the Temple men competing in their respective field events proved their worth as well. Sophomore jumper Darryl McDuffle and senior jumper Tim Malloy tied for fourth and seventh respectively in the high jump eastern. McDuffle posted a jump of 6 feet 9.75 inches while Malloy jumped for a height of 6-6.75. Senior thrower Brian Littlepage competed in the men’s discus throw Friday, April 27 and placed 28th with a throw of 148-4. He then participated in the men’s hammer throw Saturday, April 28 and finished 17th with a distance of 162-6. Mahoney was the only representative on the men’s side to perform on Thursday, April 26, and even though it wasn’t one of his best outings, he still achieved an important goal. “We were hoping to get him a qualifying time for regionals going in,” distance coach Matt Jelley said. “That was the main goal going in and we accomplished that.” Despite the fulfillment of the regionals goal, the postrace reaction of the race wasn’t
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Junior sprinter Isatta Kenneh runs in the 4x200m relay. all positive. “I think I had just been too ambitious and excited,” Mahoney said. “[Poore] is the best in the nation right now in that event, and I think I put too much pressure on myself to try
to beat him. I just went out way too fast and it cost me.” “After reflecting a little and seeing what I have to improve on, I’m not completely disappointed, but it wasn’t at all what I wanted to run,” Ma-
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rushing games (9), while setting a single-game record of five touchdowns against Maryland on Sept. 24, 2011. Rodriguez was selected 111th overall with the 16th pick of the fourth round by the Chicago Bears. Rodriguez led the team with 35 receptions and 479 yards, adding two touchdowns, in his senior year in 2011. The Detroit Lions traded
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