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VOL. 92 ISS. 16
Obama calls for assault commission
Admin preps for election year budget
One-in-five women nationally are victims of sex assault on campus, report says.
Gov. Corbett faces criticism from left for cuts in education spending. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor
ALI WATKINS The Temple News
New numbers released by the White House last week reveal a startling frequency of sexual assault on today’s college campuses and show that Temple’s own annual reports fall grossly short of national statistics. A report issued last Wednesday, Jan. 22, by the White House Council on Women and Girls confirmed long-held national numbers, saying that one-in-five women on college campuses are sexually assaulted. Those numbers fall short of Temple’s own statistics, which reported 13 sexual assaults in 2012, according to university crime logs. The discrepancy highlights what campus officials have said for years is an issue of underreporting. With more than 25,000 undergraduate students and a 51 to 49 percent female to male ratio, Temple’s annual reports don’t add up. The problem, administrators say, is that victims often don’t report the crime. “Sex offenses have always been an underreported crime,” said Acting Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone. “Being a victim of a sex offense is traumatic in many, many ways. Our goal is
SNOWED IN Winter weather shuts down university, disrupts first week of spring semester.
(Top) Students braved a snowstorm on their way to class. Approximately 11 inches of snow accumulated during a two-day period. A bus station was one of the few dry spots. PAGE 3| SASH SCHAEFFER/ABI REIMOLD TTN
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he annual process of state budgeting is set to begin in the new year and Temple’s funding is again up for debate. In an election year, which includes the governor’s seat on the ballot, the budget negotiations have the possibility of influencing a different outcome than normal. With past cuts to Temple funding still fresh in officials’ memories, Temple has requested to keep the appropriations at the same level as last fiscal year, with a small increase in the proposal accounting for inflation. Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to release his budget proposal next week, including his recommended allocation for Temple. “I would hope it stays the same, but we haven’t seen indication of anything yet,” Ken Lawrence, Temple’s senior vice president for government, community and public affairs, said in a phone interview. Temple’s standing at the state capitol has been a tentative position. In the 2011-12 budget, Temple’s state funding was slashed by more than $25 million. The next year, Corbett discussed a 50 percent cut to funding for the state-related univer-
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Cut programs scramble to meet with board Parents planned to attend a committee meeting, but it was suddenly canceled.
Temple runs a Sunday clinic to help the area’s youth learn and develop gymnastics skills. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN
After cuts, gymnastics youth program may be halted The future of a decade-old gymnastics clinic for local youth is in question. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Esaias Gimenez shows up to the gym in the back of McGonigle Hall two hours before every practice. “It’s a safe place to be,” the 15-year old gymnast from Freire Charter School said. “It’s a place where I would come right after school, do my homework, then I would work out with the team.” “This is a really important place for me,” Gimenez added. “If it wasn’t for this place, who
knows…I could be one of those kids on the street, doing bad things. It just helps me keep myself in a good place, and I have a lot of good people around me, too.” Gimenez is a gymnast for Philadelphia Boys’ Gymnastics, a competitive boys’ program that Temple men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff started in September 2003. The team trains in the same facility as the one Turoff has coached for the past 38 years, and for Gimenez,
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Microchip mimics organics Researchers in the College of Engineering are developing a microchip that can partially substitute for animal testing. PAGE 2
OPINION - PAGES 4-5 How can Templetown grow?
AVERY MAEHRER Sports Editor
JOE BRANDT The Temple News
Parents and alumni supporting the T7 Council – the name of the group organized against Temple’s recent athletic cuts – were unable to attend a Jan. 23 meeting of the Board of Trustees’ budget and finance committee since it only met in executive session, which is closed to the public. The budget and finance committee occassionally meets jointly with the executive committe, but the two were scheduled to meet separately last Thursday. George Moore, Secretary to the Board of Trustees, said in an email that the meeting of the executive committee was rescheduled to Feb. 5, since the Chairman Patrick J. O’Connor was “out of town.” The leaders of the “Save Temple Athletics” Facebook group, which has nearly 5,000 members, had posted statuses urging members to demand a
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Administration is slated to meet with representatives from eliminated sports.
Patrick O’Connor. | ANDREW THAYER TTN FILE PHOTO
meeting with the board on Jan. 23. The Twitter account @SaveTemple7 urged the Board of Trustees to meet with the T7 on that date via the group account’s description box. In October 1970, amid accusations that it lacked transparency after a sudden tuition increase, the board began to allow student and faculty representatives at general meetings, which are typically held each semester, provided that these representatives did not attend each meet-
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President Theobald has called for a meeting with the seven cut athletic programs scheduled for Jan. 28, inviting the head coach and two studentathletes from each affected team. Coaches say that they were notified through email that during the meeting they would each be given 15 minutes to give a presentation to Theobald, Athletic Director Kevin Clark and select members of the Board of Trustees. Members of the recently formed “T7 Council” – a group formed by parents and alumni to reverse the university’s decision to cut the seven teams – were invited to attend as well. The meeting marks the first time since the December announcement of the cuts that Theobald and Clark are offering to meet with representatives from the affected programs. “Dialogue can only help
Breakdancing teaches academics
Pie shop hosts guy-exclusive class
A Temple alumnus and a graduate student created Hip Hop Fundamentals, which teaches academics through dance. PAGE 7
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique teaches men how to make apple cheddar pie during its “Pies & Guys” class. PAGE 9
the situation,” baseball coach Ryan Wheeler said. While Wheeler has had six of his top players transfer, softball coach Joe DiPietro’s roster has remained mostly intact. DiPietro said he is looking forward to the opportunity to look administrators in the eyes and plead his case. “Up to this point, we haven’t seen anyone and no one has talked about anything,” DiPietro said. “My attitude is if we’re going down, we want to go down swinging. We want them to know that we’re not a dollar sign … we’ve got a bunch of great kids on our team.” DiPietro picked senior and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President Brooklin White, who he said can provide a voice to dismiss the administrators’ claims that the commute to Ambler was too much of a hassle. DiPietro also selected freshman Toni Santos to represent the team, due to an incident Santos claims she encountered when approaching Clark after the announcement of the cuts in which the first-year AD put his hand in her face and said that he couldn’t talk because he had a
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Staff Reports | Research
Using microfluidic devices, students are able to map tissue from animals, etching them on microchips and recreating the cellular aspect of animal tissue. | MEAGHAN POGUE TTN
A micro alternative to animal testing Researchers at the College of Engineering are developing a microchip that grows animal cells. LOGAN BECK The Temple News Researchers from the College of Engineering are working in conjunction with an Alabama research corporation to recreate living tissue on a microchip in an effort to reduce the use of animals and humans in medical testing. Professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department Mohammad Kiani has been working closely with the medical school, Shriner’s Hospital for Children and CFT Research Corporation in Alabama. The project began when Kiani’s former student who works for the CFT Research Corporation, Dr. Balabashkar Prabhakarpandian, suggested trying to reproduce microvascular networks on a microchip that can be used as a substitute for animal tissue in scientific tests. Kiani said the team has developed a technology allowing them to map microvascular networks from humans and animals as well as reproduce and capture images of those networks. They can grow the same type of cells that exist in an animal, as well as
Now in the fifth year of her bioengineering degree, graduate student Elizabeth Curran began her work on the biochip program as a lab assistant. Now she works with Kiani and other students in the lab working with and manipulating live cells. | MEAGHAN POGUE TTN different types of cells, like cardiac or neural cells. The chips would then be compared to existing animal models to validate their accuracy. “You could do all sorts of tests with these kinds of systems,” Kiani
said. Advantages of recreating these networks include reducing the need for animal and human experimentation, as well as cost. “It could also be cheaper and
more reproducible because when you try something on an animal or a human, the next one is not going to be the same, there is a lot of variability in a living species,” Kiani said. The chip contains small vessels
that cannot be seen without a microscope, as well as a frosty area containing the actual tissue. Now, the team is working on recreating a pediatric brain on the chip, replicating a blood-brain barrier. Kiani called the brain “a privileged organ,” and said many harmful materials cannot pass through the blood-brain barrier. However, the blood-brain barrier can also prevent needed drugs from reaching the brain due to tight junctions. In newborns, this barrier is not as strong or well protected, which leads to congenital diseases in newborns. Scientists can use the pediatric brain on the chip as a model for studying diseases, and have the ability to adjust heights and openings of channels to look at different conditions in newborns. The long-term goal of this endeavor, Kiani said, is to use the chips for initial experimentation instead of using animals or humans, before testing drugs on actual humans. Despite the chips reducing cost and ethical concerns, they likely will not replace animal and human testing entirely. “No matter how well you can reduce the environment, it’s still not an animal,” Kiani said. Logan Beck can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @loguebeck.
Exclusive | Dorm Damage
Pipe burst at Hardwick leaves students in the cold Accident on fifth floor leaves students questioning response. MARCUS MCCARTHY Assistant News Editor A pipe burst on the fifth floor of Hardwick Hall caused an evacuation of the rooms and water damage on Wednesday, Jan. 22. With temperatures dipping into the single digits and a broken heating system since the day before, the heating pipe along the window-side wall a
room broke open. The students who lived in the room of the pipe burst were moved to another room on the same floor following the incident. There were no major injuries reported. Starting around 3:30 p.m., residents heard girls screaming, followed by a fire alarm that caused the whole building to be evacuated. “We walked out and saw all of this water everywhere. It was flooded all over the floor. It was really bad,” Tiara Middleton, a freshman biology major, said, adding the hallway had a large
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amount of steam filling it. Danay Harris, a freshman speech, language and hearing science major, said water spilled into her room, which is next to the site of the pipe burst, and all over her floor. “Girls were screaming... they were running down the floor,” Victoria Zienkiewicz, an undeclared freshman, said. “As we were going down the stairwell, people were pushing to get out of there. It was ridiculous.” Sam Schlosberg, an undeclared freshman and resident in the room below the pipe burst, said the water was spilling into
his room from each of the corners of the ceiling, soaking the floor, a bed and a PlayStation 3. He said the water was too hot to touch without burning himself and had a brown coloring to it. The third, fourth and fifth floors remained closed until around 8 p.m. Students reported a very strong odor as a result of the soaked furniture and floors when they returned to their floors. C.J. Walsh, a freshman in the business school, Schlosberg’s roommate and owner of the PlayStation, responded to a university email to be refunded
for the damage, but had not received a response by Monday night. Schlossberg said he tried plugging his refrigerator back into the wall and felt an electrical shock up his arm. Heat was restored to the floors on Monday, six days after the incident. Maintenance cleaned the water damage in the hallway floors and a few students’ rooms as of Monday night. The room the pipe burst in remained vacant and had a noticeable odor Monday night. Various students reported their windows being covered
in ice prior to the incident due to the broken heating system. A few explained that they had to bundle up to stay warm the night before the incident. All of the residents of the room where the pipe burst, as well as the floor’s RA, declined to be interviewed. Temple Residential Life didn’t return multiple requests for comment on the incident. Marcus McCarthy can be reached at marcus.mccarthy@ temple.edu or on Twitter @marcusmccarthy6.
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Staff Reports | Campus Affairs
Classes canceled due to snow for first time in years on Jan. 3, however no classes were affected due to winter break. The last time classes were canceled was in 2012, when the university closed down for two days during Superstorm Sandy. Temple canceled classes in February JOHN MORITZ 2010 due to snow. In February 2011, News Editor the university remained open despite For first time since 2010, officials 15 inches of snow falling in Philadelcanceled classes and closed down the phia. Jim Creedon, the senior vice presiuniversity in response to heavy snow dent for construction, facilities and oplast Tuesday, Jan. 21 and Wedneserations said a team of administrators, day, Jan. 22, a significant disruption including representatives from faciliin classes during the first week of the ties, operations, communications and spring semester. all the regional campuses began moniMain Campus had received 11 toring the storm through AccuWeather inches of snow by Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weath- several days beforehand. The team met er Service. Philadelphia International via teleconference on Monday, Jan. 20, Airport recorded 13.5 inches of snow and determined that a decision would and the Office of Emergency Manage- be made the next morning. Creedon said the decision to cancel ment reported 14 inches. Elsewhere in the remainder of Tuesthe region, snowfall day classes was made totals were reported around 11:30 a.m. and as high as 14.8 inches after a “sluggish” start to in Brookhaven, Delathe new MIR3 notificaware County. tion system, all students Mayor Nutter deand faculty were alerted clared a snow emerafter a 10 to 15 minute gency in Philadelphia delay. beginning at 4 p.m. on Around 8 p.m. Tuesday that was lifted Tuesday, Creedon said at 6 p.m. on Wednesa determination was day to allow crews made that crews could time to finish the snow have campus walkways removal throughout Jim Creedon / vice president clear and open by 8 a.m. the day. Temple canWednesday, but adminceled classes beginistrators decided to delay classes till ning at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Originally, of11 a.m. to allow students more time to ficials sent out an alert Tuesday night arrive on campus. Around 4 a.m. next that there would be a delayed start at 11 morning, Creedon said more calls were a.m. the next day. That was changed to made and the decision to cancel school a full cancellation the following mornwas made by 6 a.m., partially to aid the ing. city in responding to the snow. Temple last closed the university
Students battle freezing temperatures, SEPTA during snowstorm.
the severe weather, saw the temperatures and the wind gusts [and decided to close].
More than 11 inches of snow fell on Temple’s Main Campus during last week’s snowstorm. Officials closed campuses in Philadelphia area, canceling classes due to snow for the first time since 2010.| SASH SCHAEFFER TTN “We saw the severe weather, saw the temperatures and the wind gusts [and decided to close],” Creedon said. Creedon said the university would conduct an After Action Review of its handling of the school closures and its preparations for the storm. One problem Creedon said he noticed was slow service on the Regional Rail lines leaving Temple. “I think we learned a lot about the situation on the train platform,” said Creedon, who was also stuck waiting for a train. He said he also saw a lot of students underdressed for the weather. Off-campus, residents of the 1600 block of Willington Street were left
without power Wednesday night, as temperatures dipped below 10 degrees, after a transformer blew up and lit the telephone pole on fire. Videos of the incident recorded on camera phones show students on the block scurrying back as the flames reached across the street. No students were hurt and no homes caught fire. PECO crews arrived shortly after midnight to fix the transformer, but another explosion around 4 a.m. prolonged the outage well into Thursday. Other students in the area were forced to wait out the storm in a variety of ways. “I was stranded [on Main Campus] for two nights, so I was just sleeping
on the floor of people’s houses,” said Rachel Lee, a senior English major who lives in South Philadelphia. “I felt like they canceled classes maybe like an hour before [they started], and it seemed like it didn’t lessen the problem.” “First I went to the gym, because that was the only place that was open and then I went home, then Maxi’s was the only other place open so I went there for lunch and just hung out there,” Genna Pyles, a sophomore tourism and hospitality management major, said.
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Nine cited at Maxi’s in underage drinking bust Liquor Control Board cites nine people for underages, four were using fake IDs. EDWARD BARRENECHEA The Temple News A bar on Main Campus was busted by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Sunday, Jan. 19, and nine students were cited for underage drinking. Maxi’s Pizza Subs & Bar, located in the heart of Liacouras Walk, was cited for serving alcohol to minors around 12:30 a.m. According to PLCB Enforcement Officer Frank Spera, a few grievances were brought to his attention before the raid took place. “We received a couple of complaints of the restaurant,” Spera said. “Specific complaints that they were selling alcohol to minors.” Upon receiving the information, a full investigation was conducted and
officers gathered inside the establishment to acquire more evidence. “The officers announced that they were conducting an ‘open inspection’ for minors and began checking everyone’s identification,” Spera said. “Apparently, nine minors were found and cited for underage drinking, and four of them had fake IDs.” Under state law, an establishment may receive administrative liabilities if a minor was served alcohol inside the premises, such as a fine between $1,000 and $5,000 and a suspension or revocation of their liquor license. Also, the Dram Shop Law can hold the licensee, servers and manager legally responsible for any death, injury or damage caused by the minor. “The first step in the process is a notice of violation from our district office commander, explaining that [Maxi’s] was in violation of serving alcohol to minors on the date in question,” Spera said. “The notice usually get sent out within thirty days of the incident.” Within six months of the event, they will also receive an official cita-
tion from the PLCB Bureau headquarters in Harrisburg, Pa., explaining they will have to appear in court in front of the administrative judge. “Business who are allowed to serve drinks and have a license for it, should already know the rules,” said Fausto Gil-Corona, a junior computer science major. “Not only they are causing trouble for themselves, but also for teenagers under the legal age, who are risking their lives by drinking alcohol.” Spera said tips from concerned citizens are their primary source of intelligence in the fight to deter underage drinking. “The way we usually operate is by people calling from an ‘1-800’ hotline or through our website, and make a complaint,” Spera said. “Apparently, that is what happened here. We investigate every complaint.” Acting Director of Campus Safety Services Charles Leone said both Philadelphia and Temple Police were not involved in the raid. “We were really surprised,” Leone said. “We weren’t even aware of the issue at that time.”
Maxi’s, a popular campus bar and eatery, was busted for serving nine underaged patrons, four of whom were caught using fake IDs. The LBC has yet to file a violation against the establishment.| HUA ZONG TTN Leone said a CSS review of the nine names cited showed four were Temple students. A full investigation by Temple Police will also be conducted, given the amount of citations and arrests that were handed down to students during Fall 2013. “We know it’s a right of passage
for some college students to be on their own and start drinking when they are underage,” Spera said. “But there are consequences because it is against the law.” Eddie Barrenechea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EddieB_TU.
Martin-Oguike granted return after new hearing Former Owls linebacker found not responsible in hearing regarding 2012 sexual assault charge. JOHN MORITZ News Editor A former football player who was kicked off the team and expelled due to a sexual assault charge is looking to return to the university after he was found not responsible in the incident by a Student Conduct Panel on Jan. 20. Praise Martin-Oguike, 20, had all charges dropped on the first day of his trial in a Philadelphia court last October after his lawyer, James Funt, introduced as evidence texts from MartinOguike’s accuser that painted the relationship as consensual. Funt argued that the accuser threatened the charges in an attempt to lure MartinOguike into a committed relationship in spring 2012. Funt said last week that Martin-Oguike underwent a Student Conduct Panel hearing on Jan. 20 regarding his original charges. Martin-Oguike
told The Temple News this past October that he was expelled from the university without receiving a conduct hearing. Funt said Martin-Oguike is now in the process of enrolling in spring classes and did not expect any further hitches. Dean of Students Stephanie Ives did not return calls requesting comment on the hearing or Martin-Oguike’s status as a student, however Martin-Oguike’s name currently appears on the Cherry and White Directory of students and faculty. Funt also said Martin-Oguike hoped to return to the football team, which he played for as a linebacker in 2011, recording three tackles in two games. Representatives from the football team and athletic department did not respond to requests for comment. Steve Addazio, who was head coach of the Owls in 2011, left the team after the 2012 season to become head coach at Boston College. Coach Matt Rhule was the offensive coordinator for the Owls in 2011. Martin-Oguike’s sexual assault charge, expulsion and subsequent dismissal of all charges in criminal court, brought about criticism of the school’s Student Code of Conduct policy in rela-
Praise Martin-Oguike was arrested and charged with rape in May 2012, his charges were dropped last fall, and he was reecently readmitted to the university.|COURTESY Philadelphia Police. tion to athletes, after other members of the football team with criminal charges faced conflicting outcomes from university hearings. Kamal Johnson, a starting tackle for the
Owls, was arrested in Fall 2012 and charged with aggravated assault, among other misdemeanors. Despite pleading guilty in court, Johnson was allowed to stay on the football team and at the university. He started six of 10 games in 2013. Wyatt Benson, a former starting fullback, was charged with aggravated assault after a fight at a University of Pennsylvania party in August 2013. Benson later was sentenced to community service for simple assault. He was dismissed from the team but allowed to stay at the university. Olaniyi Adewole, a former linebacker from 2010 to 2012, was charged with aggravated assault last summer. He is currently listed as a student and his trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10 after it was rescheduled in December. Martin-Oguike is listed in the College of Liberal Arts in the Cherry and White Directory and had been studying at community college in New Jersey since he was kicked out of the university.
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Respect rape task force On Jan. 25, President on college campuses – the two Obama introduced his plan for a goals of the task force. Temple’s policy on PreWhite House task force dedicated to protecting students from venting and Addressing Sexual Assault, Dosexual assault. Obama called President Obama should mestic Violence, the fact that an not take his sexual assault Dating Violence estimated one- task force for granted, and and Stalking inin-five women neither should students. cludes a threepronged attack are sexually assaulted in college “totally un- on the issue: providing education and prevention programs, acceptable.” Temple students shouldn’t procedures that are sensitive to take national studies like these victims of assault and university lightly. While it’s easy to feel disciplinary sanctions for those detached from numbers dis- who commit sexual crimes. Perhaps government fundplaying a national problem, the statistics show on a macro scale ing spearheaded by Obama’s what directly reflects our cam- task force would boost university sexual assault prevention pus on a micro scale. Seventeen sexual assaults programs like Temple’s. For the task force to be takwere reported to Temple Police in 2013, a rise from the en seriously, Obama will have to 13 incidents reported in 2012. follow up with public comments Additional assaults likely go on its progress and specific meaunreported, further spiking the sures that will be taken to prevent sexual assault and improve numbers. While Obama’s task force response to them. When the president speaks announcement shows muchneeded recognition of the on these matters, students problem, the president failed should listen. Ignorance is far to provide bullet points of spe- from bliss – it’s outright denial cific methods of preventing and of a national problem. responding to sexual assaults
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The Board’s locked doors When the Board of Trust- Kevin Clark told the affected ees executive committee meet- students that they could come ing was suddenly canceled last to him for answers to any quesThursday, Jan. tions they may 23, it came as regardThe Board of Trustees’ have little surprise most important subcomittee ing the status of to anyone, estheir respective should be subject to public teams. However, pecially the T7. oversight. The group, the majority of formed in support of the seven the questions levied at the board sports teams that were cut after have remained unanswered. a similar meeting of the board’s During a trustee meeting on athletic committee on Dec. 6, the morning of the cuts, Temple had called on the committee News reporters were asked to members to include them in the leave the room for approximatediscussions of the board’s most ly 15 minutes before a final depowerful subcommittees. cision was reached. Since then, Executive sessions of the student-athletes and reporters board’s committee meetings alike have been denied requests have always been off-limits to to speak with board members. those outside the university’s At the first public board highest governing body, rep- meeting following the cuts, on resenting an unacceptable gap Dec. 10, the trustees in attenin transparency at a time when dance elected to breeze through more than 200 student-athletes the entire affair in less than 20 are left with questions about the minutes. Despite the fact that process behind Temple’s deci- student-athletes and coaches sion-making. had filled the meeting space on That gap has widened even Morgan Hall’s 27th floor, the affurther when one considers the fected parties were not given a schedule the board adheres to, chance to offer public comment. which can be called inconsistent Board Chairman Patrick at best. Close to half of the 12 O’Connor instead directed subcommittee meetings sched- questions to his secretary’s ofuled between October and now fice, an entity infamous for ighave been either rescheduled or noring phone calls and leaving canceled. emails unanswered. The reason for last week’s A governing body that cancellation, as stated by the holds its most important meetboard’s secretary, George ings behind closed doors and is Moore, was because Chairman subject to sudden cancellation is Patrick O’Connor could not be yet another example of the lack in attendance. of transparency that permeates When the athletic cuts were Temple’s Board of Trustees. announced in December, newly appointed Athletic Director
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Dec. 15, 1991: Underage drinkers busted at campus bar. Thirteen students were cited for underage drinking at Saladalley, where Maxi’s Pizza currently stands. On Saturday, Jan. 18, Pennsylvania’s liquor control board found nine students to be drinking illegally at Maxi’s.
Sports cuts: An ‘American’ decision Temple’s athletic cuts should not have been handled by outsiders. By Kevin Sharp “I hate to say this to you, but today you are very fortunate that you do not need to look into your players’ eyes and tell them they chose the wrong school.” After that moment, I felt really bad that I said that to coach Tonya Cardoza at the restaurant we both frequent, but the pain I felt was far too emotional to not gauge the reaction of another Owl. “With the rising costs of doing business in intercollegiate athletics it has become impossible to achieve that mission for 24 varsity programs,” Athletic Director Kevin Clark said. “With limited funds and growing needs, this was a difficult choice that had to be made.” These sentiments were being shared with me the way any news gets shared in this day and age: With a grainy YouTube video that was sent out via Twitter. The irony was deep watching this video, as if I were one of the current student-athletes in attendance. As a Temple baseball alumnus, ‘01, I watched online as Clark made this announcement in our new indoor
practice facility, which was to help all of the Olympic sports teams prepare in the winter conditions of the northeast. Hanging in the background was our new conference banner, proudly featuring one massive word: American. It is truly that, this decision: American. I spent the rest of my day cautiously sharing my thoughts with other former Temple athletes, along the way apologizing in advance to my Temple football friends who would be caught in the crossfire, implying that we should all stand together. Let’s be clear on one point before moving on: I totally get all of it. Kevin Clark isn’t the enemy at all. A new athletic director with a background in finance was asked to take a look at the grand scheme and render a proposal. “Reducing the number of sports will mean athletics can invest more into the student-athletes, staff and facilities for the remaining Olympic sports, and offer the best possible learning and competitive environment,” Clark said. How are we supposed to grin and bear this “Hunger Games”-esque logic after eliminating a sport that made up my identity during my time in school? The goal of this university is to keep alive the sense of
pride in a much-maligned commuter school where alumni support is already null and pathetic. If you completely rattle the beehive and chop away 30 percent of its identity, you are not just saving $3 million of an annual budget, but establishing a windfall of undetermined dollars you lose in the lifetime of those you hurt. Temple and our Owl Club are at a complete disadvantage when it comes to donors and I, along with many other millennials, have fallen short in this matter – to be completely honest. But who is to say that in five to 10 years when our priorities are in order and we have pulled up our boot straps to overcome a difficult financial era that we would welcome giving back to our university and its athletic programs? Before we start cutting a check, let’s focus on the real problem with college athletics and the casualties which fall in its wake. Temple athletics has always felt it deserved to sit at the “big kids table” without ever considering what it takes to repair itself from within first. In the conference realignment shuffle, this was again our burden and the American Athletic Conference was sold to us as our knight in shining armor. This final and desperate decision was “Temple Made,”
but made by members of Temple’s administration that use their Temple job as a stepping stone to their next big job. Even worse, it was already considered and approved by our esteemed Board of Trustees. Do any of these new officials and administrators from other schools and bigger conferences even have a clue about what is to be “Temple Made,” let alone Philadelphia made? We are Temple University: Student-athletes and students alike who made the decision to love and embrace North Philadelphia for what it is and not what it can be. We know what it is to live on Broad and Norris and how to diagnose a fraud from reality. North Philadelphia and my teammates, friends and colleagues made me the man I am, and together we have always had each other. All we have ever asked is for someone to listen. Instead, no one took the time to want to learn from the insiders, they wanted to go about things on their own and be a hero. From today on, you lost the largest group of heroes I know. Kevin Sharp is an alumnus of Temple baseball, ‘01. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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Sleepless, wideeyed and frantic For the anxietyridden, there is no right way to stumble into adulthood.
by Katie Kalupson
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Could alumni have fundraised? Given fair warning, donations could have saved cut programs.
any of us are familiar with the sudden panic of being unprepared. You show up to class without checking the syllabus, only to find out you have a test that day. There’s no time to draw from the resources you’ve acquired over the semester, such as your notes or the textbook. But what if it wasn’t your fault, and a surprise exam sits in front of you? After speaking with several coaches from the seven sports that were Dan Craig cut without warning on Dec. 6, it seems many of them feel the same way. Despite varying sizes and organizing structures of those sports’ alumni networks and supporters, many of them agreed that if the situation had been handled differently, they’d have more of a fighting chance with their increased support in
the face of elimination. “We weren’t given any indication,” said men’s gymnastics coach Fred Turoff. “Nobody has said to me, ‘You have to raise more money.’ If that ultimatum were given to us, my alumni and the alumni of the other sports would have supported.” Turoff categorized his alumni as giving and active. “I’ve exceeded my fundraising efforts each year,” Turoff said, “Last year, I had to bring in $29,000 and I brought in $59,000. It paid for our spring trip and our trip to the NCAA championships.” That’s impressive, and may indicate that if given some warning that Turoff’s sport and job were in jeopardy, he and the sport’s supporters might have been able to do something to raise more funds independent of Temple. Instead, the alumni and supporters of the sports that were cut were left scrambling. “Because the board approved this before we were told, it didn’t give us enough time to alert our alumni and fans that this is a desperate situation,”
Turoff said. And for the sports whose alumni networks weren’t as organized before the cuts, the situation become much direr. “We have a very loyal following, but there’s not enough people,” said Brian Perkins, assistant coach of the men’s crew team. “We’ve always been capped at 32 athletes, and some years we’ve only had 15.” Despite the relatively small number of alumni, Perkins also felt confident in his alumni network’s ability to keep his team going. “I actually think that if the administration had come to the seven sports individually and said, ‘This is what the study says, but we’ll give you two years to raise your own funds,’ we would have been able to do something,” Perkins said. But it’s been clear that giving these sports a chance, no matter how small or unlikely, wasn’t on the agenda. “Obviously, the more time you have, the more assets you’ll be able to fund,” said Brian DeDominici, assistant coach of the women’s rowing team. “That
alumni and supporters of the sports that were cut were left scrambling.
wasn’t necessarily the point in what they were doing. They weren’t looking for us to find a way to fix the problem, they were going to find a solution.” Surely each sport is different, and it’s entirely possible that none of the seven sports would have been able to raise enough money to save themselves, no matter how many alumni, fans and parents donated. But a small window could have been made available. “I could have networked more and got the word out,” said Joe DiPietro, coach of the softball team. “With everyone up and arms and trying to fight it, they would have answered the bell.” Monica Kerrigan, mother of sophomore baseball player Jimmy Kerrigan and representative of the baseball team on the T7 Save Temple Athletics Council, said she wishes there had been some indication of what was going to happen. “Give someone the opportunity to do damage control,” Kerrigan said, “If you feel there’s not enough money, let them raise the money. If you feel the facilities aren’t up to par, let them raise the money to get them up to par.” Dan Craig can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
s soon as I entered college, I realized that I did not know how to be A Successful Adult. For a long time, I was too proud to ever admit that I was afraid. Whether it’s out of humility or desperation I do not know, but now I will freely tell anybody that I am terrified. The massive amount of opportunity that came crashing around me did not make me feel excited. I felt overwhelmed, unable to make decisions because I was certain that the one I didn’t make was the one I should have made. Instinct was squelched by the indecision blooming black and heavy in my heart. To me, doubt and fear were warts growing on my skin. They were grotesque, shameful; I hated them for their ugliness, and wanted to rip them away. It was like a locked door in my brain had been forced open and my anxiety was free to roam. One night, I went to sleep victoriously. When I woke up the next morning, I could barely move. Somehow, I began to feel that any potential I had would slip from my sleeping body, stretch, sigh and leave me talentless and alone. My suddenly shifting priorities and new senses of responsibility have left me sleepless, wide-eyed and frantic; I am a bushy-tailed cat yowling, clinging to the side of the bathtub and trying to fight the hands that are pushing me underwater. It did not take long for my loathing for fear to evolve into loathing for myself. I scolded, berated and abused myself for making mistakes until I was convinced I was too deficient to keep living. Chopin’s funeral march matched my footsteps like the pitiful soundtrack to a melodramatic cartoon episode. Schoolwork lost its meaning, becoming merely a base upon which I built an edifice of selfdestruction. When I became too terrified of life, I simply shut down. The idea of graduation, finding a job and creating an identity that I could be proud of often had me curled into a small ball on my yoga mat. My roommates would find me on the floor, hands over my face, my body contorted like Mary’s lamentation of Christ. They stopped asking if I was
alright after enough of my muffled responses that I was just cleansing my chakras. It seemed normal to be this way, normal enough that when a friend asked how I was feeling, I replied, “Really, the only reason I’m not dead yet is because it would be super rude of me.” Her eyes turned to saucers and I calmly sipped my drink, totally oblivious to what I had just implied. I was forcibly sent to a counselor who, by nodding sagely to my frenzied hand gestures and tears, helped me understand that suicide was not going to turn me into A Successful Adult. But that wasn’t the shining moment that forever defined my existence. My destructive behavior had been the keystone of my identity for years and one minor epiphany is not the solution. Suicide had been my safety net, giving me the tenacity to take risks that I wouldn’t have otherwise. If I didn’t succeed, I would not fail: Posthumous failure does not exist. Though I’ve learned that killing myself is not an appropriate solution, finding the courage to be fully alive is something I am still practicing. My actions really haven’t changed that much. Even now, my roommates find me curled into a wailing ball or sulking in the corner of the kitchen, and I still feel the reckless desire to make a bad decision here and there. As I sit with my coffee and flap my hands aimlessly about my keyboard, I’m only temporarily distracting myself from life’s looming impossibilities. I will always have days in which I smother myself with a sense of inescapable doom. I am still convinced that Damocles’ sword is hanging over my head. Even though I’ve yet to escape my own pessimism, the fact that I can finally identify it within myself is keeping me alive. I understand now that my shortcomings are not responsible for my unhappiness. The responsibility lies within my hatred for these shortcomings. My anxiety leaves me shaking and unable to sleep some nights, but I will not torment myself for it. I will step outside on these trembling legs and I will walk until I make them strong. Katie Kalupson can be reached at email@example.com. The Essayist is The Temple News’ recurring series of personal essays. If you or someone you know is in need of help, contact Tuttleman Counseling Services at 215-204-7276.
How Temple can be a year-round destination spot If alumni stick around after graduation, Temple’s surrounding area can develop.
n May 2012, while visiting Qdoba on the day of commencement, I noticed a trend. Newly christened Temple alumni and families were eating in proper dress, and in many cases, with gowns on. I then looked into Wendy’s, and it was the same situation. Ditto Subway. While nothing is – arguably – wrong with these establishments, it speaks to our area. As the summer progressed, a number of other points became apparent. Most strikingly, Temple crashes during the summer. The area loses its pulse, and many businesses either close for the season or have abbreviated hours. Last summer, I elected to reside in University City, the area in West Philadelphia anchored by the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and the University of the Sciences. I was in a lively neighborhood with people my age that actually stayed over the summer, surrounded by things to do. I had the hustle and bustle of the city, ample restaurants, amenities, nightlife and more at my disposal. I was living in a true neighborhood, and it was great. This is a profound juxtaposition to Temple, Ivery Boston where our surrounding neighborhood acts as a thorn in our side. Temple’s world-class education should be matched by a thriving surrounding neighborhood, one which is telling of the Temple of today. Our neighborhood should
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not be a hindrance to Temple’s ascent. I spoke about the area to Alexander Kipphut, 2011 School of Media and Communication alumnus and co-owner of U Got Munchies. Kipphut said he believes the responsibility of transforming the off-campus area into a more livable, desirable space rests on businesses and the university itself. “You can go to University City today, there are restaurants and bars that are desirable enough to bring outsiders to the area,” Kipphut said. “Temple is geographically closer to Center City, but the physical barrier, the visible barrier does keep a lot of visitors away. I will put my food against [University City’s] food any day, but [Bobby’s Burger Palace] becomes a destination because of the neighborhood.” Kipphut and his partners opened their business while they were students. Kipphut understands Temple, and this is a competitive advantage. When Munchies is open, it is invested in supporting both Temple and the surrounding area, setting a standard for off-campus entrepreneurship. Munchies employs native residents and supports many campus organizations, Kipphut said. When asked about his businesses relationship with the university, Kipphut revealed that U Got Munchies has only heard from Temple once, in regards to Temple’s dissatisfaction of the use of the phrase “Serving the Temple community” in some materials. If we are to advance this neighborhood, Temple needs to recognize how it organically shapes the area around campus. To improve the area, students, alumni and Temple families must realize and act on the potential of the area to sustain private business. Next, students should consider staying here for the sum-
mer. By supporting off-campus businesses and adding life to the area, we will demonstrate that this is an area worth investing in. Finally, Temple should embrace the neighborhood’s “real estateready” name of “Templetown.” This would not denote dominance, but rather an acceptance of, our influence and responsibility. By accepting these two components, everyone will benefit. For years, long-time residents have remained dissatisfied with Temple’s off-campus expansion, feeling the expansion did not consider their interests. This sentiment of dissatisfaction has been mirrored in City Council proposals, including motions which looked to limit student housing. City Council President Darrell Clarke, whose 5th District includes most of the area west of campus where students reside, as well as parts of Main Campus, has been slow to form a strong relationship with the university, instead prioritizing long-term voters in his district. By turning this neighborhood into one with amenities that provide recreation, valued services and employment opportunities, Templetown can become a magnet for more than just parties. The answer is not to become University City, for it is not perfect, but instead for Temple to hold its own. We deserve a livable neighborhood, as do the permanent residents of the area. We deserve a dynamic area enjoyed by longtime residents, students, faculty, staff and visitors alike. Let’s transform Broad Street from an escape route into a platform to display our vibrant community to the world. Ivery Boston can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In The Nation CONGRESSIONAL REPORT SAYS PROFESSORS OVERWORKED
A congressional report was published on Jan. 24 arguing that adjunct professors are being overworked and underpaid at universities. Using anecdotal and research evidence, the report details how this issue results in a poor education for students. The 36-page report was published from the office of Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Education and Labor Committee. The report describes job instability, commonly lacking benefits and problems with career advancement. No legislation has been proposed as a direct result of the report. Miller an-
nounced earlier this month that he will not run for reelection this year after serving 40 years in the House.
HIGHER ED INSTITUTIONS INFRINGE UPON FREE SPEECH
A report found that 59 percent of higher education institutions, out of 427 studied across the country, are infringing on students’ rights to free speech. Conducted by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the 2014 report additionally finds another 35.6 percent are pushing close to infringement. Some of the bad ratings come from policies trying to lessen bullying and harassment, but FIRE argues that the policies overstep their boundaries. -Marcus McCarhty
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Health DENTAL SCHOOL HALTS EXPANSION PLANS IN SCRANTON Temple’s Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry has put on hold a plan to expand its campus through a partnership program with a medical school in Scranton, Pa., stating that officials determined the plan not feasible. Plans to open a satellite campus with the Commonwealth Medical College were first reported in March 2013 by the Scranton Times-Tribune. The TimesTribune reported that third and fourth year dentistry students would be able hold clinic hours at the CMA. “After completing its due diligence, Temple has determined that it is not fea-
sible to pursue the expansion of its dental campus into Scranton at this time,” a press release issued by the university said. Temple Health System, operated as a separate entity from the university, has suffered a series of financial problems in recent years stemming from the reliance on indigent healthcare. The financial burden became so great that last fall Moody’s and Fitch’s, two national credit rating firms, downgraded the health system’s credit ratings. A spokesperson for the university said no cost estimates had been associated with the project. -John Moritz
Top lobbyist requests equal funding from Corbett BUDGET PAGE 1 sities, Temple, Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh and Lincoln University. The cuts were reduced to 30 percent in Corbett’s proposed budget but eventually dropped outright in favor of keeping the same appropriations levels as the previous year. However, Temple may not have as much to worry about as in previous years due to the elections coming in November. Last week, Corbett was scheduled for his first visit to a Philadelphia public school, Central High School, but canceled out of concern for causing a disruption for the students, he said. This move comes at a time when potential Democratic challengers are criticizing Corbett on low public education funding during his tenure. “Politics always factors in,” Lawrence said. “Across the board, all elected officials are going to be affected [by the elections].” Temple students and officials hope to keep cuts from happening by advocating during the coming budget negotiations. Following Corbett’s budget proposal, the General Assembly will hold hearings with representatives from the state-relateds on Feb. 13. The House Appropriations committee is accepting online submissions from the public for questions they may ask during this hearing. “This kicks us into Temple
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advocacy time,” Darin Bartholomew, Temple’s student body president, said. Temple Student Government as well as the Office of Government, Community and Public Affairs have planned the annual events Owls Academy, Owls on the Hill and Cherry and White week. Owls Academy is a series of monthly classes where students learn about Temple’s rela-
tion with the state government and how to lobby for Temple when they meet lawmakers and advocate for the university on April 28 for Cherry and White Week and April 29 for Owls on the Hill. The former event was created last year, but the latter is a long-running program. “We feel like we should show lawmakers the value Temple brings to the commonwealth,” Lawrence said.
David Adamany, former president of Temple and current political science professor, said that state funding is not a new concern for the university. “Even if the state keeps our appropriation at the same level as this current year or even provides a small increase,” Adamany said in an email. “Temple – which has many more students than it did in the past and which of course has to meet the costs
of inflation – will have fewer state dollars than in the past.” According to the university’s Common Data Set, Temple’s student enrollment has increased by more than 13 percent in the last decade. Despite this, Temple funding has decreased by nearly 9 percent in the same time period. The other state-related universities have seen similar cuts resulting in USA Today recently
naming Pennsylvania the third most expensive state in the United States to attend college. The state budget is expected to be finalized and signed into law by June.
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T7 urges trustees to increase board transparency MEETING PAGE 1 of committee meetings, including the executive session, which remains closed as part of the 1970 agreement. Public sessions of the Board of Trustees’ general body typically are held following a round of committee meetings. Votes on issues at public sessions are typically unanimous, and deliberations are held within the committees, including the executive. “Approval of faculty and student representation at board meetings in no way limits the
right of the Board of Trustees to hold executive sessions,” according to the minutes from Oct. 13, 1970. Moore said that the matters discussed at executive sessions are announced during the committee’s next public session. He offered an example of an announcement: “The committee met in executive session on [a date] regarding a personnel matter.” Members of the T7 like Susan Borschel, a lawyer from northern Virginia whose daugh-
ter Sylvie is on the women’s gymnastics team, said she was frustrated by the fact that the meeting would have been closed if it had been held. “To the extent that it covered anything at all about those [cut] athletic teams, it should have been open,” Borschel said. “And anyone who wanted to come that was tied to Temple should have been allowed there.” “I can’t think of any society or government that works well when the people that take in the
money and control it and make decisions with it are doing it all in secret,” she added. The members of the group will have another chance to voice their opinions at a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Liacouras Center. President Theobald invited the coaches and two athletes from each of the cut sports to the meeting, as well as three representatives from the T7 council. Athletic Director Kevin Clark, Chairman O’Connor and Athletics Committee Chairman Lewis
Katz will also be in attendance. Joseph Hindelang, a former baseball player in the 1960s for Temple and baseball coach at Penn State said he and three other parents and alumni attempted to gain entry to Sullivan Hall at the time of the canceled meeting. Hindelang said that just inside the entrance to Sullivan Hall he spoke to Bill Bergman, who was appointed special assistant to Theobald in July 2013. “[Bergman] told us Tuesday would be our time to meet,
that coaches with students would each get their 15 minutes, then the T7 would get their 15 minutes,” Hindelang said in an email. “I asked who would be present, would there be enough trustees present for a vote? Bill said, ‘No, there will not be a vote.’” Joe Brandt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @jbrandt7.
New White House report targets campus sex assault ASSAULT PAGE 1 to reduce risks and encourage reporting so we can get the victim all the support needed and the offender the consequences deserved for committing such a horrible act.” Leone said numbers appear to have increased in 2013, but it’s hard to tell if that’s due to more consistent reporting or higher frequency of the crime.
“It’s hard to quantify if it is related to more reporting, actual incidents increasing or a combination of both,” Leone said said. There were 17 sexual assaults reported within Campus Safety Services catchment area in 2013, according to crime logs. University officials say they have always been proac-
tive in encouraging reporting these assaults and have stepped up efforts in recent years to coordinate efforts. Both Campus Safety Services and Student Code of Conduct handle separate processes related to assault and efforts have been undertaken in recent years to improve coordination of the two. “We have a coordinated ef-
fort with University Housing, Wellness Resource Center and Tuttleman Counseling Services in encouraging reporting of any sex offense,” Leone said. “Also, we are working together toward ways to increase risk reduction campaigns involving sex offenses.” The study isn’t being taken lightly at the White House,
either. President Obama announced late last week the establishment of a White House task force to protect students from sexual assault. The task force, the White House said, is intended both as an educational apparatus and a watchdog. Along with providing information on assault prevention to campuses, the group
will also ensure schools are complying with federal law in both their handling and reporting of sexual assaults on campus.
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SWIPE FOR FOOD
ON A HIGH NOTE
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A cappella groups on campus are experiencing a surge in success. Both OwlCappella and Broad Street Line anticipate a busy semester. PAGE 8
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PROFESSORS IN PRINT
Tyler professors Marcia Hall and Tracy Cooper published a book on their research on the role of art in the Counter-Reformation church. PAGE 16
Kicking up enthusiasm for education Stephen Lunger and Aaron Troisi teach local schoolchildren with breakdancing techniques.
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tephen Lunger is teaching his audience about Newton’s first law. Clad in a blue tracksuit, he shouts “Freeze!” and immediately his body ceases to move. His hands are on the ground and his legs are twisted up in the air as he looks out at a crowd over a thousand people deep. When he breaks his pose, he’s confident that he’s taught the audience more than just physics. Lunger, a 2005 Temple alumnus, took the stage with Aaron Troisi, a Temple graduate student, for TEDxBermuda this past October. Lunger is the cofounder of Hip Hop Fundamentals, a Philadelphia-based dance and education group that strives to entertain and educate youth in the city’s public schools.
The group, which consists of Lunger, Troisi, cofounder Mark “Metal” Wong and about 15 dancers hailing from the Philadelphia area, doesn’t just teach breakdancing and academic topics – rather, it uses the former to promote understanding of the latter. Hip Hop Fundamentals specializes in performing at elementary, middle and high school assemblies. These performances serve not only to entertain students, but also to help them walk away with a deeper understanding of academic topics and, ultimately, themselves. “Part of it is just sharing the love of dance,” Lunger said of the group’s mission. “If a kid sees you loving dance, they’re going to be inspired and touched.” Troisi, Lunger and Wong combine education and the arts to engage Philadelphia students on a low budget. Recent budget cuts have been a major factor in their mission. In order to expand their reach in the city that started it all, they found themselves in Bermuda. “2013 was a big year for us,” Troisi said, citing the fact that the group not only got asked to
Hip Hop Fundamentals teaches academic through breakdancing.| COURTESY AARON TROISI speak at TEDx, but also launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for $10,000 to tour Philadelphia schools in need. The campaign was a direct reaction to the
budget cuts, allowing Hip Hop Fundamentals to provide its services for free to schools that needed it the most and were low on funds after budget
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Entering Temple territory The strong sense of community is a surprise to a foreign exchange student.
Personal Defense for Women, a kinesiology class, prepares female students to be alert, along with teaching skills like hand strikes and kicks. Students learn to defend themselves from elbow strikes, wrist grabs and chokeholds in the class curriculum. | ERIC DAO TTN
Self-defense class combats violence
One class available to female students aims to prevent victimization. CLAIRE SASKO The Temple News Instructors from the class Personal Defense for Women are taking pop quizzes to a new level. Students must prepare for surprise ass e s s m e n ts INSIDE THE CLASSROOM from the three officers in charge of the kinesiology class,
who said they sneak up on students outside of class to test their alertness and defense tactics. “After this class, you’ll throw a lot of punches,” officer Leroy Wimberly said to his students. “And you’ll throw punches at us.” Wimberly, officer Jonathan Woodson and officer James Friel work together to teach the class. The purpose is to increase physical safety awareness and reduce the risk of victimization. Because the instructors are certified to train women, the class is restricted to women only. During the course of the
semester, students must create presentations about topics like stalking, educating men on sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Like other classes, they have homework assignments, a midterm and a final. However, students will use the skills they learn to physically combat their instructors during what the officers call “dynamic simulation.” They’ll learn various hand strikes and kicks, as well as how to defend themselves from elbow strikes, wrist grabs and chokeholds. To minimize the risk of injury, women must wear protective gloves, elbow pads, kneepads and masks during dynamic
simulation. Despite the protective equipment, students learn to inflict serious damage during simulations. Last semester, Wimberly suffered an elbow injury during simulation before Thanksgiving, and it has kept him out of work since. “A girl hit me and I went down,” he said. “I went to get up, and my arm went one way while my body went the other way.” Though painful for Wimberly, he regarded his elbow injury as a sign of progress among his students. The incident shows how drastically the women progress throughout the semes-
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ter, he said. “A lot of girls come to the first class saying they don’t know how to make a fist,” he said. By the end of the semester, the hope is that students are able to defend themselves in a simulation against three trained police officers. Many students who take the class are kinesiology majors, but most come to the class with a common goal of achieving confidence in their ability to defend themselves. Students like junior health professions and social work major Saman-
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hen I first arrived at Temple, I had never before set foot on an American university campus. I am a Brazilian student who spent my entire childhood outside of the United States. Once I received the news that I had been accepted to Temple, however, I did my research – I had a good idea of what the campus would be like. But picMonique Roos Foreign tures are nevenough. Perspective er That’s why people travel – to be able to feel these places we only see in photographs and movies. When I arrived, I saw Temple flags everywhere, marking the territory. I saw people wearing Temple T-shirts, a giant “T” on every building, billboards across the city and advertising signs inside subway stations. They were all screaming “Temple Made.” After my first impression of campus, I went to a Temple football game, something I’d been looking forward to as an international student. I had never seen so much cherry and white in my life. The cheering at the game finally clued me in to the significance of what we were “fight, fight, fighting” for. People – not just students, but also parents and alumni –
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American university a foreign concept COMMUNITY PAGE 7 were dressed in Temple clothes and there were students painted in support of their school. There were cheerleaders and fans in their seats singing songs and everyone around me seemed to swell with pride for Temple. This must be a familiar occurrence for most American students. They might even think it’s just a trait of all universities. Well, not really. In Brazil, we don’t have that. There is no mascot, university games, clothes, songs, band or cheerleaders, and unfortunately, I don’t see much pride among students. It is not because the universities are not good. In fact, many are highly esteemed. The differences are a result of our history. The first university in the United States, Harvard University, was founded in 1636, while the first Brazilian university was founded 172 years later. Almost two centuries of time to make up caused some differences between our college life and that of American expectations. We don’t live on campus, as there is no housing available. A lot of students live in a different city than the one in which they study. We take the bus, the train or a car to go to campus. Most Brazilian undergraduate students work all day and go to the university at night. I feel like we are running against the time we lost, meaning those two centuries in the United States that students were already studying. As a result, we lose the beauty of college life. Temple was previously known for being a commuter school, which seems much more like the universities I am familiar with in my home country. But with the Temple Made campaign spreading enthusiasm for being a Temple student, this seems to be fading into the past. Now, Temple is a place to come to – a destination that I, an international student, could become interested in from afar. Perhaps American students expect a university to be a destination, but it is a new way of life for me. When people here are wearing Temple clothes, rooting for Temple at sporting events, being active in clubs or painting their face in cherry and white, there is a spirit that is not seen in other parts of the world. At this point, Temple is not just a university. It is home. But what is “Temple Made?” Some international students may worry that without being from here, it is harder to become part of the community – to be “Temple Made.” But I’ve realized it is still possible. It is this spirit of a self-starter, someone who is not going to wait for things to happen. “Temple Made” describes this pride of being here and being influenced by the atmosphere. It is not about where we come from, it is about where we are going to. It is about being here for six months, one year or four years and being changed by this place. “Temple Made” is letting this university be part of your life. Monique Roos can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Trucks debate card payments A truck’s “mobile” status prevents use of Diamond Dollars. ARIANE PEPSIN The Temple News Many students prefer using cards to carrying cash. Students come prepared to swipe their plastic at food trucks, but end up getting rejected by truck owners who only FOOD TRUCK take cash. This presents a problem for both students and businesses. Customers can’t eat at their favorite spot without an ATM nearby, while truck owners have to wonder if they’ll want to return. At the Adriatic Grill on the 12th Street Food Pad, credit, debit and Diamond Dollars are all accepted. Owner Adzij Kovevic said he is happy the business is now able to take various types of cards. “It has a positive impact on our business,” Kovevic said. “We had issues with the credit card companies for a while, [but now] we can take Diamond Dollars, too. It’s different for us at the Food Pad than it is for the trucks.” The difference Kovevic referred to is that the trucks are considered “mobile units” by the university. Therefore, they are not allowed to take Diamond Dollars. Peter Shin, the new owner of the Burger and Cheese Busz, said he believes accepting Diamond Dollars would greatly benefit the truck. The business accepts credit and debit cards. “I know that food trucks aren’t allowed to take Diamond Dollars, but most of these trucks stay in the same place every day, so we’re not really mobile,” Shin said. “I’m trying to get in touch with the right people to
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food trucks aren’t allowed to take Diamond Dollars, but most of these trucks stay in the same place...
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(Above) Richie’s Lunch Box accepts Discover, MasterCard and Visa. It’s one of the few trucks that accepts cards, including Burger and Cheese Busz. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN see if this can be changed.” New trucks struggle with taking cards in general. Attempting to get their newly acquired businesses off the ground can be hindered by the potentially high transaction fees that cut into their profits, owners said. In addition, purchasing equipment to accept cards can be costly. For Herbert Mena, owner of Temple’s Best Authen-
tic Mexican on Norris Street, cash is the best option. “I don’t take credit or debit cards because the companies are charging too much, both for me and for the customers,” Mena said. “I do want to see if I could eventually take Diamond Dollars, though.” Unlke Mena, Debbie Dasani, owner of Samosa Deb’s on Montgomery Avenue, said
getting a credit and debit card machine has been a process, but she thinks it will help her business in the long run. “I haven’t started taking cards yet, but I will be in about four weeks,” Dasani said. “Not taking them hasn’t negatively impacted my business as of yet because only one person has asked me about using one.” Insomnia Cookies, located
on Montgomery Avenue, is part of a bigger company. Even with 35 locations throughout the country, Insomnia Cookies trucks generally do not accept credit or debit cards. Ken Stager, one of the truck’s employees and a junior at the Community College of Philadelphia, said he feels that taking cards is unnecessary. “Since we’re such a large company, there’s not a big interest in taking cards,” Stager said. “You’d be paying a lot of card fees on a cookie that’s only $1.35. It’s not worth it.” Some students said they do not carry cash with them for safety reasons. For Hailey Braham, a junior art education major, trucks that don’t take cards can be a deal-breaker. “If I went to a truck and they didn’t take credit or debit, I would probably go somewhere else,” Braham said. “That, or I’d just make food at home instead.” Emelia Carmody, a junior media studies and production major, said she would try new things if more trucks were to take credit and debit cards. Some truck owners said they’ve noticed this tendency in students and hope taking cards will give them a competitive edge. Nam Kim, owner of Wingo Taco at 13th and Norris streets, takes credit and debit cards. But, like his fellow truck owners, he hopes for Diamond Dollar acceptance to be granted to trucks. “Cards are a great thing for students because they don’t like to carry cash,” Kim said. “But every truck wishes they could take Diamond Dollars. If someone could persuade Temple, we’d do it in a heartbeat.” Ariane Pepsin can be reached at email@example.com.
Singing groups to record in harmony OwlCappella and Broad Street Line get ready for recording work this semester. DIANA DAVID The Temple News OwlCappella, the co-ed a cappella group founded in 2010, shattered its fundraising goal of $6,000 this winter by 15 percent. Using the crowdfunding website Indiegogo as it did for its first EP, the group now has the funds to record its second, garnered from the support of 58 fundraisers. The EP will drop on March 28, with the release concert taking place on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Rock Hall. The group will be selling the new CD as well as T-shirts. Guest groups from other colleges will perform alongside OwlCappella. Five new members – Julian Castillo, Eric Braceland, Abigail Kelley, Monica Wilbur and Scotlyn Brewer – joined last fall. After the success of “Owl or Nothing,” OwlCappella’s first EP, the group has gained more popularity this year. “We have proven ourselves able to produce a quality record,” Kevin Chemidlin, president of OwlCappella, said. “This surely contributed to the increase in support. This year, we’re offering T-shirts as a reward for donating towards our goal, so this time around there was even more incentive to contribute to the cause.” Although the group is not involved with the competition circuit, Chemidlin hopes to enter OwlCappella into the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, which is the national a cappella competition featured in the movie “Pitch Perfect.” OwlCappella already
Members of OwlCappella meet for a weekly practice. They will release their second EP this semester. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN collaborates with a cappella groups from other schools often throughout the semester. As far as the competition between groups on campus, OwlCappella members agreed that it is entirely friendly. “The groups are all friends and on great terms with each other, but each group’s success works to drive the other groups to strive to be better,” Chemidlin said. “We often help each other out. Some groups arrange songs for the other groups, and we seek out the other members’ opinions in order to sound our best.” Broad Street Line, another a cappella group comprised of only male singers, got started in 2003. After celebrating its 10-year anniversary, BSL has released three CDs and its first recorded album, “No Girls Aloud,” available on iTunes and Loudr. “Each group here on cam-
pus has their own style and makes the a cappella genre their own,” said Ryan Carlin, president of BSL. “BSL can be known for being a high-energy stage presence. We bring not only great musical moments to the forefront, but a great allaround entertainment to all of our shows.” Carlin agreed with Chemidlin that there’s no drive to outdo other a cappella groups on campus, only to strive for continued success within their own club. “We all have our niche,” Carlin said, referring to the many groups on campus. “An all-guy group being compared to an all-girl group is just hard, due to how extremely different they are, and the same can be said for the different co-ed groups we have – they are all still so different.” Along with OwlCappella and BSL, an all-girl group called Singchronize is estab-
lished at Temple. “I think we all have some friendly rivalries, and what’s better than that?” Carlin said. “At some of our monthly serenades, jokes have been thrown from group to group and I think that’s fantastic. It’s always fun with that slight bit of edge or friendly competition because of the buildup, and then all of the groups end up sounding awesome, so it’s a blast regardless.” BSL’s current agenda includes an end-of-the-semester spring concert, possibly held at the historic Arch Street Meeting House. “At the end of each semester, we’re going to head back to the studio and lay down three tracks from that semester,” Carlin said. “We just finished recording three tracks from Fall 2013.” With the groups dedicating considerable effort to recording and performing this semester,
leaders of both older and newer groups agreed that Temple is a great place to sing and perform. “We’re all incredibly grateful for the support we’ve received from the Temple community since the group’s creation in fall 2010,” Chemidlin said. “I’m one of only two people remaining, along with Jenn DiBartolomeo, who were members of the original group, so it’s very humbling to see how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time.” The success of a cappella groups on a college campus has a lot to do with the accessibility of singing without instruments, Carlin said. “That’s the glory of our craft – no setup,” Carlin said. “We can just walk right in and sing for you all.”
Diana David can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT STREET SOUNDS: THE REFLEXES
WRITER EXPLORES PRISONS
Local Philly band, The Reflexes, talk to The Temple News about future plans and going from playing its first show at a high school event to World Cafe Live. PAGE 10
Pete Brook hosts “Prison Obscura” at Haverford College in an attempt to shed light on the injustices in America’s prison system. PAGE 10
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Alumni produce award-winning web series “West Montclair High East” honors memory of Temple Smash writer. NATHAN LANDIS FUNK The Temple News
hen Zach DiLanzo began collaborating with Jon Schifferdecker in creating an award-winning satirical ‘90s high school web series, he didn’t know what to expect from it. “I think the goal the entire time was to make something funny and weird,” DiLanzo said. But before they could could start the project together, Schifferdecker passed away in a car accident in August 2012. This became a motivational factor for DiLanzo, a 2011 BTMM grad, and friends of Schifferdecker, to make the web series
“West Montclair High East” a reality. “After [Schifferdecker] passed away, the motivation was to make it happen – we just felt really passionate. He worked on this – we should really make this happen.” DiLanzo was joined by Emily Diego, Tim Harris and Carly Christiansen as co-producers, Temple students and friends of Schifferdecker in undertaking this project. The result of their efforts is four 10-minute webisodes that premiered last month on YouTube, with plans to take to screenings, festivals and different websites – “Just to see where else it can go,” Harris said. The series also won a 2014 WitOut award on Jan. 26. They cast the project early in 2013 and shot during the summer, using a Catholic high school and the area of Cape May, N.J., as locations. Schifferdecker hailed from Cape May, and “West Mont-
clair” producers aimed to put as much of Schifferdecker into the show as they could. “We shot in his house and in his bedroom,” said Diego, who had been Schifferdecker’s girlfriend. “[The lines], ‘I hear your brother’s pretty good at basketball,’ ‘He’s really good,’ ‘That’s hot,’ and then he kisses her – that’s from Schifferdecker’s real life … Everything that we could do for him and with him, we did.” Schifferdecker’s parents were major contributors to the production, also feeding and providing sleeping arrangements for the group during production. Temple Smash, Temple’s variety show, had a significant part to play in the production of “WMHE” as well, providing a The cast and crew of “West Montclair High East” film the series.| COURTESY TIM HARRIS large portion of the talent pool media studies and production on lasagna for 45 minutes and such a professional production,” that was involved. Harris is the major, played Bobby in the pro- having a love affair with his re- Weigel said. founder of Smash, and Schiffer- duction as well as edited the flection in the mirror. He said he Rob Gentile, senior medecker had been the head writer. title graphic for “WMHE.” He was impressed with the project. WMHE PAGE 11 Andrew Weigel, a junior performed such feats as gorging “I’d never been involved in
Festival continues in snow
Making it count, brother
Radio 104.5 holds Winter Jam despite extreme weather.
Personal strife, family tension part of what makes wrestling exciting.
t became immediately clear that something must have been going on in Northern Liberties as masses of young people poured off of the subway on Girard Avenue on Jan. 25. Bundled up in preparation for the coming storm, the herd shuffled through week-old unshoveled sidewalks to the Piazza at Schmidt's. “Where are all of you young folks headed in this Brianna Spause w e a t h e r ? ” Caught in preceded a the Act tap on the shoulder from an elderly gentleman as he matched my stride on the slippery sidewalk. “We're headed to the Piazza for a free concert, it's called ‘Winter Jam.’” I explained to him as we made our way down the street that five bands were putting on a show sponsored by Radio 104.5. An Honest Year, MSMR, New Politics, Switchfoot and Twenty One Pilots would be in attendance for the annual winter showcase. The cold seemed to concern him as he told me, “I miss being young. Have fun, and stay warm,” before we parted ways. The cold didn't seem to faze concert-goers as they packed into the open-air venue. Snow began to fall around noon on that fine Jan. 25 afternoon just in time for Philadelphia locals, An Honest Year, to take the stage. The locals won their chance to open Winter Jam after accumulating the most votes in an online poll, to which they thanked their fans for. “We have always had a very loyal fanbase,” lead singer Matt McKay said. “We put it out there and asked them to vote, and they exceeded our ex-
his is for your unborn twins.” It was two days after Christmas, but Bully Ray still offered one more gift to Mr. Anderson inside a steel cage at the Liacouras Center. Winding up a blood-stained right fist, Ray roared his donation to the Anderson family, prompting “oohs” from the usually jaded Philly crowd. Standing only a few feet away from the action, I gulped. John Corrigan Sure, Cheesesteaks Joseph Park c o m p e t i n g and Chairshots in a tracksuit, EC3 not knowing Tommy Dreamer was in the building and Earl Hebner pawning $10 white T-shirts provided the traditional shenanigans of sports-entertainment, but bringing a man’s expected children into the chaos? Now that’s real. That’s goose bumps. That’s what I love about professional wrestling. Unfortunately, the politically-correct, PG-friendly, sanitized production presented by industry leader World Wrestling Entertainment has abandoned the realistic undercurrent that nourished the roots of wrasslin’. Feuds are based around corporate hierarchical structures and egocentrism with promos echoing patterns of self-introduction and ending with a promise to either remain or become “world heavyweight champion.” As Temple alumnus and former WWE creative writer Andrew Goldstein pinpointed, the core issue behind almost every rivalry these days is proclaiming to be “better than you.” Where is the passion and creativity? Without a genuine offense, wrestlers have no reason to organically react with eye-bulging, primal screams of vengeance.
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Men joined Holly Ricciardi, owner of Magpie, during a workshop exclusively for men on Jan. 23. | SKYLER BURKHART TTN
Baking with the boys
Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique on South Street holds pie-making workshop for men, couples. ALBERT HONG The Temple News South Street passersbyers gazed into shop windows on Thursday night and saw the typical mannequins, clothing and neon signs. However, one shop FOOD showed off something much more distinctive – a group of grown men learning how to make pie. Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique recently held a sold-out, guys-only pie-making class coupled with beer tasting from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company. Along with special classes like this one, Magpie has been hosting pie-making classes every month since September.
When it comes to unique hand-made pies, Magpie has a number of sweet and savory selections that are created by Holly Ricciardi, who opened the shop a little more than a year ago. While Ricciardi did attend a baking and pastry course at The International Culinary Center, baking has been a part of her life since childhood in Carlisle, Pa. “Baking has always been a passion and something I grew up with,” Ricciardi said. “My mother never bought a baked good. She made everything from scratch.” Ricciardi also places importance on using local seasonal ingredients, like fruits and vegetables, when making pies. That means that customers will most likely never see a blueberry pie being made at Magpie
during the winter. “It’s blasphemous to me,” Ricciardi said. The exclusive lesson for guys had Ricciardi and another employee teaching the class the recipe for apple cheddar pie, which is one of the more unique pies that Magpie has featured. The winter menu includes coconut cream pie, mole chili Frito potpie, its signature butterscotch bourbon pie and more. Ricciardi said she opened the shop not only because of her love for the hobby, but because there was nothing like it in Philadelphia. There may be bakeries, but there is no place that caters solely to pies, she said.
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Hope for Habitat to revitalize N. Central Habitat for Humanity discusses plans to fill vacant lots. SUZANNAH CAVANAUGH The Temple News The border between poverty and potential can be spanned with the extension of one helping hand. Habitat for Humanity has long been that outreach in North Philadelphia. Habitat’s North Philadel-
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phia headquarters boasts a 28year stake in the neighborhood of North Central, a region that spans the Schuylkill River to Front Street and Girard to Lehigh avenues. Over this short period, Habitat has built and sold 75 homes to families aspiring to break the cycle of poverty. These families, often first-time homeowners, dedicate 250 hours of “sweat equity” in order to earn their new homes. Habitat’s services provide them with invaluable knowledge and resources to prosper.
Despite these efforts to bring vitality back to North Central, the overwhelming number of abandoned homes – relics of the once-booming industrial age – remains a drain on both the local economy and residents’ morale. Eric Coleman, one of Habitat’s newest homeowners, explained his personal experience with North Central’s vacancy before his move to a Habitat home. “We all currently live in a three-bedroom [Philadelphia Housing Authority] home,”
Coleman said during an interview with Habitat for Humanity. “It’s overcrowded, and the house has ventilation issues, plumbing and electrical problems, and is infested with insects because of fire damage to a vacant house next door. After the fire next door, the property was sealed up and left alone for years, creating a serious black mold issue that landed Christopher, [my son], in the hospital on several occasions.” In hopes of combating the vacant housing issue, Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014
The Reflexes COURTESY JOSE MESTRE
Local band goes from playing a high school Halloween party to World Cafe Live. HOLLI STEPHENS The Temple News About a year ago, indie rock band The Reflexes weren’t looking too good. After releasing its first album, “Dissolve Yourself,” the band’s former drummer didn’t like the seriousness that The Reflexes’ reputation was getting and decided to leave. Shortly after, its manager also called it quits. After the band posted a “drummer wanted” flyer in the Boyer School of Music and Dance as its last hope, new drummer Tyler DiMarco answered the call to make The Reflexes whole again. All coming from musical backgrounds early on, The Reflexes’ sound can be defined by guitar riffs and progressive vocal and instrumental harmonies as an exploration of sound itself through different techniques. The Reflexes recorded its first EP “The Reflexes” in frontman Dash Williams’ bedroom and have since flourished, playing at venues such as World Cafe Live. The band said it still prefers the vibe of house shows, however, all members agreed the audiences at these shows respond better to the music. The band has set its future high, hoping to one day play at Glastonbury Festival, but for now it is organizing a summer tour where the group hopes to do shows in New York, Con-
necticut and New Jersey. The band is composed of lead singer, guitarist and keyboardist Williams, lead guitarist and backup vocalist Danielle Farley, bass guitarist Jake Held and drummer DiMarco. All are Temple students besides Held, who goes to Drexel University. THE TEMPLE NEWS: What was the song process of releasing your first album, “The Reflexes,” compared to the process of your second album, “Dissolve Yourself” like? DASH WILLIAMS: “The Reflexes” was a teaser for the album “Dissolve Yourself.” All the songs are the same. The recording took a very long time. We just wanted to get something out so people could actually hear us, so I can’t say that the song process was very different because one is a part of the other. We all wrote “Rocket Science” collectively. DANIELLE FARLEY: [Williams] wrote all of the songs and I added on a couple of parts to them. From the first one to the second one, I probably wrote more. TTN: Out of all your songs, which was the most fun to play? DW: I’m a big fan of “Waves in the Horizon” because toward the end of the song I stop playing my instrument while everyone else keeps playing, and I’m just singing to the audience. I sort of scan over the audience and look everyone in the eye. It’s a really fun thing for me to do. When you’re just singing, either your eyes are closed [or] you’re not even looking at people and you’re just sort of going. At that moment in the song, I
just look at every single person. DF: “Advertisement Plane” was really fun. It’s long and there are some really cool guitar parts. TYLER DIMARCO: “Worshipped by the Bees” was a lot of fun. It’s probably my favorite. TTN: Your music genre is alternative indie rock. How does your music reflect this and what techniques do you use? DW: We use emotion a lot in our songs. We have a lot of builds. I hate to use this word, but I think a lot of our songs have a very epic quality to them. We use a lot of riffs and harmonies. It’s difficult to classify. TD: I come from a funk jazz background, so I try to incorporate a little bit of that into what we do. I kind of stick to what’s on the recording to please these guys. It works for the songs. If I play on my own, I get free reign. TTN: You’ve played both house shows and at venues. What is the difference in experience in both environments? DW: At house shows there’s a lot less pressure. You just show up and there’s already a lot of people there. Most of the time they’re horribly intoxicated and everyone’s very loose. Everything sounds good to everyone. Even if the PA is s-----, everyone loves it. They’re dancing, singing along and moshing. There’s a lot of pressure at venues because we’re from West Chester and it’s hard to bring people out to Philadelphia. TD: I haven’t played a venue with these guys, but I’ve played at a few venues with another band. I like house shows
better because everyone’s having a little more fun. Venues are cool because I feel like a grownup. Depending on the venue, it can be really fun – no pressure – or it can be a lot of pressure. There are questions like, “Is it a bar? Are people drinking? Are people having fun? How many people came? How many tickets were sold?” So depending on all those factors, it can be a blast or just be awful. DF: I have more fun at the house shows now, but I think once our audience starts getting older, they’ll be able to come out to the shows. It’ll get better for us. For now, house shows are fun and everyone has a good time, so that’s what I care about. TTN: What was your first show like? DW: [Farley], [Held] and I all went to the School of Rock as we were growing up. Someone she met on All Stars offered us a show, and we thought the show was going to be down at [University of the Arts] in Philadelphia. So we were all super excited. It was going to be our first show, it was Halloweenthemed. DF: Turns out it’s a high school party at their parents’ house. They had a really nice house, but it was outside and it was cold. TD: We had to keep it down because their neighbors called the cops last year when they had the party. All the cymbals and heads were taped up on the drum set. DW: We had to turn our amps way down really close to zero. After every song, no one clapped. They just stared at us. We played a really good set that night.
DF: They complimented us afterward, but they didn’t know how to clap. TD: Then they started playing bebop. It was relieving. They sounded like music majors. If you’re a music major, you just don’t sit there and not clap when someone finishes playing. DW: It wasn’t the situation where we were playing in the background and people were doing other things. They were all looking at us. It was so awkward. We were leaving and they were complimenting us and asking us to stay. We were just like, “No, this is weird for both of us.” DF: I felt bad because I was the one who got the gig. The kid went to [University of the Arts] so I figured it would be at his house. I knew he was younger, but I didn’t know that he only had high school friends. DW: I felt so bad for [DiMarco]. TD: I was wearing a sock monkey onesie. It was a Halloween show. Hardly anyone else was dressed up. We all did, so I looked like an idiot. We played really quiet outside in the cold with this beautiful house staring us in the face with these high schoolers, and no one claps, which is strange. On our way out, people were saying how good we were and someone starts playing bebop, which is the icing on the cake. It was just the weirdest thing. TTN: Who are all of your musical influences? DW: Lyrically, I’d have to say Conor Oberst from Bright Eyes. I spent a long time just studying the way he writes lyrics, and I’ve used that for my
own writing. I have music roots with Nirvana, but I listen to a lot of Radiohead and Vampire Weekend for that indie rock sound, with some pop influences scattered about. TD: I’m not on the same scene as these guys. Growing up, I listened to a lot of Zeppelin. John Bonham is the king. I listen and studied a lot of jazz. I like Max Roach and Elvin Jones. I listen to a lot of older stuff, not so much contemporary, I’m not really on the music scene. DF: My favorite artist is Tom Waits. He’s a big influence for me, but I like a lot of folk stuff. I really like Bob Dylan. But I also like the indie rock genre, The National and Radiohead. I like a little bit of everything. TTN: Do you plan on touring soon or have any new projects in the works? DW: We don’t really have anything set for the tour right now. We’re talking to some places. [DiMarco] has been great with contacting venues. We’d like to go for two weeks at most. We’re doing the EP. It will probably just be an EP, and we’re having those recording sessions in March scheduled, so hopefully we’ll have something out by summertime. That would be wicked awesome. Holli Stephens can be reached at email@example.com.
Shedding light on a dim situation in prison systems Pete Brook shows what is going on in prisons through photography. CHELSEA FINN The Temple News In the U.S., the Federal Bureau of Prisons has reported that inmates are seeing increases of both physical and emotional abuse. The incarcerated have limited resources, from ART medical to mental benefits. Pete Brook has dedicated his life to bringing these problems to light. Although he is from Lancashire, England, his work focuses on the occupants of the U.S. prison system. Brook is the editor of “Prison Photography,” a blog that advocates against prison abuse. His next project is visual – he’ll be curating a photography exhi-
bition called “Prison Obscura” at Haverford College to spread truth about America’s prison system. “At this point in America, prisons don’t have as much to do with crime and danger as much as economics and politics,” Brook said. Brook’s experience and interest goes back to less than a decade ago while he was getting a master’s degree at the University of Manchester in England. He was working on his thesis when he started to read about the American prison system and discovered that in 2004, things had “reached desperation.” Brook found that this topic tied to his interests strongly. Whether they were his political, economic or media-related interests, he said he wanted to figure out whether the nation was responsible for the worsening state of the incarceration systems, as well as explore the idea that America was the “land
of the free.” America who are sensible who Brook stands firmly on the are outraged, and they can see idea that prisons that the prisons demonstrate how are failing and strong or weak expensive,” citizens’ comBrook said. mitment to their Brook is communities rehoping to get ally is. more people He refers to notice this back to the Nelproblem that is son Mandela largely ignored. quote, “It is said He said prisons that no one truly are often tucked Pete Brook / writer into knows a nation places until one has where people been inside its will never see jails. A nation should not be them due to “the embarrassment judged by how it treats its high- they bring – nobody wants the est citizens, but its lowest ones.” taxpayers to see this.” Believing that prisons are Now, Brook is bringing often ignored, Brook said the things that were hidden from prison system needs a com- sight into the open with the plete turnaround because of the “Prison Obscura” exhibition. amount of money the govern- The exhibit will show surveilment spends on the institutions lance images and rarely-seen and for the little rehabilitation prison photographs to prove that prisoners are given. what is really inside a prison “There are a lot of people in complex.
“I have learned
a great deal more than I previously knew about prisons themselves.
The exhibition will have many aspects, one interactive piece being a map that people can search through. “One guy makes black and white portraits and we are only allowed to show those as we show the audio because the audio is the heart of the project – prisoners are given a voice,” Brook said. The exhibit wasn’t put together until the event coordinator, Mathew Callinan, reached out to Brook after hearing him speak at the Open Engagement conference in Oregon. Callinan said he realized Brook was informed on the topic and thought it would be a great fit for Haverford College. “It was a no-brainer for me to take the opportunity,” Brook said. This will be Brook’s first time as a solo curator. “My hope is that [visitors] have a similar experience to my own in working with [Brook]
and the various faculty, students and staff who have helped to realize the exhibition,” Callinan said. “I have learned a great deal more than I previously knew about prisons themselves, but also about the various individuals, industries and social concerns that surround prisons. And through the process of working on the exhibition, I have come to realize that there is more I need to be informed about and engaged in, and so I intend to follow that up. My hope is that the exhibition will serve to spark such interest, discussion and engagement in viewers of the exhibition.” “Prison Obscura” will run until March 7 at Haverford College. The exhibition is presented by the John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities. Chelsea Finn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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I miss when these warriors fought over girlfriends and family – universal concerns that fans could rally behind. While I’m sure conflicting power plays are downright nail-biting, I can’t relate to arguments between general managers and directors of authority and executive decision-makers. I’m a college senior sneaking friends-withbenefits out the backdoor of my parents’ house. Who cares about this fake bureaucracy in a publicly traded company? I’m not even the targeted demographic – how can these kids sit through Kane’s diplomatic soliloquies on a daily basis? While Mick Foley’s legendary “Cane Dewey” promo in 1995 probably wouldn’t sit well with the current PG-friendly direction, perhaps shifting toward that intensity of real-life drama and allowing WWE Superstars to channel their turmoil into words could inspire riveting characters. As a matter of fact, Foley’s family has been referenced multiple times in order to further a storyline. When the “Hardcore Legend” bashed the Extreme Championship Wrestling fans for supporting the mutilating behavior of the company’s competitors, he praised their antichrist, World Championship Wrestling boss Eric Bischoff, and affectionately titled him Uncle Eric. Well, Foley’s mentor, Terry Funk, insulted his scarred pupil not by calling his wife a “w---,” not by calling his mother a “w----,” and not even by calling his children “w----s,” but by claiming Uncle Eric is a “homo[sexual].” The 90’s, man. Anything could happen. Swinging barbed-wire bats and flaming steel chairs, these gladiators pummeled each other to the point of disbelief – not because of the pseudo-sport environment, you just didn’t want to believe human beings could act so sadistic. But you did. Because they compelled you. Foley vs. Funk was so successful that they replayed the same verbal war in 2006 for WWE’s reincarnation of ECW. Funk merely replaced the homosexual remark with “WWE sucks,” and Foley responded just where he left off on the corner of Swanson and Ritner. You don’t have to rely on a couple of WWE Hall of Famers for this old-school mentality. As recently as two years ago, CM Punk defended his estranged family’s honor against the sniv-
eling Chris Jericho. After publicly ridiculing Punk’s father’s alcoholism, Jericho apologized the following week on RAW. “I can promise you I’ll never say anything about your father on this show again,” Jericho said. “However, your sister...” I was in the crowd that night. Every brother in that arena could feel Punk’s blood boil. Every fan whose sibling has struggled with substance abuse felt like hopping over the barricade and tracking Jericho down for a whooping. Every wrestling fan wanted to see Punk vs. Jericho, but now every non-fan wanted to see it, too. And nonfans dictate Vince McMahon’s whims, because his WWE empire was built upon the foundation of attracting mainstream acceptance. Whether during the Rock ‘n’ Wrestling connection of the ‘80s or the AtJohn Corrigan titude Era of the ‘90s, McMahon featured high-profile celebrities in the squared circle, just to lure those unfamiliar eyes to his product. Aside from “yes” chants echoing throughout basketball games and NFL players hoisting championship belts during postgame interviews, pro wrestling hasn’t appeared in the pop culture fabric of America for more than a decade. With the Super Bowl of sports entertainment, WrestleMania XXX, rapidly approaching, McMahon must hearken back to realism to seduce a new generation of fans and somehow reengage the drifters. Although Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has lost masses of supporters, and one could argue “masses” is being generous, for one night the company that can do no right tugged at my heart strings. “This is for your unborn twins.” Anderson may be the hero, but a Philly crowd roots for an ECW icon like Bully Ray. However, that ECW icon insulted a soon-to-be father’s children. So when Anderson blocked that punch and reciprocated with a blast between Ray’s eyes, you better believe the Liacouras Center rumbled. I get goose bumps writing about it.
whose sibling has struggled with abuse felt like hopping over the barricade and tracking Jericho down for a whooping.
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Ethopian bar and restuarant Gojjo is located at 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue.| EDDIE BARRENECHEA TTN
Worlds collide at W. Philly Ethiopian bar After years of business, Gojjo enjoys its close ties with the surrounding community. KERRI ANN RAIMO The Temple News In Ethiopian, “gojjo” means cottage. Usually the term “cottage” doesn’t hold connotations of a bar and cheesesteaks, but West Philadelphia’s EthiNIGHTLIFE opian establishment Gojjo Bar & Restaurant – pronounced “go-joe” – sets an atmosphere of its own. When Gojjo owner Habtamu Shitaye moved from Ethiopia to the United States with his wife and co-owner, Frehimot Desta, in 1990, the two frequented an Ethiopian community center near a historic Irish bar called the Cherry Tree Inn, located at 45th Street and Baltimore Avenue. “We used to come here and have a drink,” Desta said of the former establishment before they decided to buy the space in 1996. A stained glass fixture hung
above the bar with the words “Cherry Tree Inn” pays homage to the former bar, and the place still resembles a tavern. Next to this hangs a framed poster from the Ethiopian Tourism Commission of a young, smiling girl. A neon lamp lights “Bud Light on tap” next to a small trinket in the shape of Africa. It’s within this establishment that worlds collide among people from many nations. There are several other Ethiopian restaurants in the area, but Gojjo sees a mix of customers. “We have some Ph.D. students in philosophy over at Villanova that come in and are best friends with some of the people that are from Kenya,” said Orysia Bezpalko, a server and bartender at Gojjo. “They all just hang out and talk and can find so much in common with each other.” University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University students
are the typical customers because of the restaurant’s location, but Gojjo’s budget-friendly options and late-night eats also draw college students residing outside of West Philadelphia. Gojjo serves dishes from its Ethiopian-inspired menu until 1 a.m., an hour before the bar closes, which means Gojjo patrons can order menu items such as the Ethiopian cheesesteak – a spicier take on the widely adored Philly classic – and when it’s crowded, drink what they can get their hands on. “They’ll drink anything,” Desta said. Bezpalko said when Gojjo is most crowded around at about midnight, it’s hard to carry trays back and forth from the kitchen while people are dancing in the main area as songs are selected from the TouchTunes machine near the bar. At closing time, as customers leave Gojjo for the streets of West Philadelphia, Desta said
she believes the area has become much safer over time. “I find it more safe now, it used to be scary,” Desta said. “It’s not like it used to be before. Things have changed for good, because of the Penn security.” Bezpalko, a University of Pennsylvania alumna, said she also thinks fondly of the area. She said that although the owners have been in the area many years longer than she has, she still has witnessed a transformation. “I love West Philly,” Bezpalko said. “I’ve been here for five years, and I think it’s one of the best neighborhoods in Philadelphia. This area has definitely seen a lot of growth. There’s a lot of little independent stores and restaurants like this one that come through and are really developing with solid roots in the community.” Kerri Ann Raimo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Street shop offers pie-making classes MAGPIE PAGE 9 “Pie is very comforting and it’s great, but I don’t think people make pie anymore because it’s very expensive and takes a long time,” Ricciardi said. “So I think people sort of forgot how to make pie and forgot about pie, and I thought this would be a great town to bring pie to.” Ricciardi made sure that one of the first things she perfected was the pie crust, which she said is one of the trickiest steps in creating the dessert, with the classes. She said she hopes to teach people how easy crust is to make with the right methods. “I want people to make pie and I want people to love pie,” Ricciardi said. Danny McLennan, one of
the students in the class, used to be a cook at a restaurant, but he said baking comes with its own difficulties. “I really don’t put time in baking, but it’s something that I wanted to do,” McLennan said as he cut apple chunks into a bowl. “Baking’s more an exact science; if you shorten [ingredients] up a little bit, it screws everything up.” To go along with the chatting and baking, Tim Patton and Christina Burris from Saint Benjamin Brewing Company were there with pints of beer. In the process of opening the Kensington brewery, Patton, the owner, got involved with Magpie to help promote his business and sample a new beer that he
had been brewing since December, called the Foul-Weather Jack. “We basically came up with a new recipe for the event to brew a special beer that would go with what they were serving,” Patton said. The name refers to a historic English admiral during the Revolutionary War that would always run into bad weather at sea, and with all the delays that Saint Benjamin had run into trying to open, Patton and Burris thought it fit. Ricciardi, who has experience starting and running an advertising agency, said she knows the significance of satisfying customers with presentation and quality, in this case
with how a pie holds up structurally or how it tastes and feels. “When you come into the shop, you have an expectation: the way it looks, the way it feels, the vibe,” Ricciardi said. “So we want to live up to that, and when you come in and sit down and have one of our pies, that they are exactly what you thought they were going to be.” The next pie-making class is for couples on Feb. 13. Albert Hong can be reached at email@example.com.
Temple Smash alumni produce web series in memory Jon Schifferdecker, a former writer for the variety show WMHE PAGE 9 dia studies and production major and Smash’s head writer, who played a serial killer in Weigel’s dreams, agreed. “The commitment level of everyone involved was crazy,” Gentile said. “It was one of the most high-end productions I have ever been a part of.” The producers seemed equally impressed with the work of the cast. “If we had had to do it over again and been able to use a bigger cast… we would have kept the same cast list,” Harris said. “Everybody brought their A-game every day of shooting – on and off camera.” This was a great encouragement to the producers, some of whom felt like they were just getting their legs under them after graduation. “It was important for us to do some-
thing like this after college, because in college you’re just doing things for assignments,” Diego said. “But after, you have to sort of be brave – ‘I want to make something, who wants to support me?’ That can be kind of scary, but we had such a lovely turnout in actors and support donors and people who were willing to look at our work.” The current pursuits of the “WMHE” producers have landed them in different areas, but with similar goals. Diego recently moved to Chicago with some of her Temple friends to pursue comedy, sketch and standup. DiLanzo is living in New York, working in TV and film, while Harris and Christiansen have remained in Philadelphia, with Harris starting a production company called Seven Knots Pro-
ductions. Though there are no plans for a sequel, they do not see this as the end of their work together. “We’d all love to work with each other again, and we all definitely had a blast doing it,” Harris said. “I want to keep doing things like this with everyone as much as possible.” “We’re trying to build upon what we created during college,” Diego said. “Especially since we made such amazing and talented friends, why not continue to work with who and what we already have?” Nathan Landis Funk can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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N. Philly makes use of empty lots Radio 104.5 holds annual concert despite weather HABITAT PAGE 9
with Project H.O.M.E., a nonWith this information, profit organization devoted to Habitat, along with Project helping the homeless, conduct- H.O.M.E., calculated the potened a one-year vacant land study tiality of creating a community on the impoverished blocks of land trust in Lower North CenLower North tral. Central. The A commuorganizations nity land trust prefaced the would enable resstudy with two idents and busiobjectives: ness owners to analyzing and collectively manmapping the age the vacant vacant land land of Lower and formulatNorth Central. ing a plan to “In this scerepurpose these nario, the comTroy Hannigan / project director abandoned munity land trust grounds. would maintain Financed ownership of the by a grant from the Women’s land and sell the houses, which Community Revitalization Proj- would be leased for 99 years to ect via the Oak Foundation the the homeowner to make sure study focused on a 112-block that the land would always be portion of North Central, span- in the community’s control,” ning from 17th Street and Ridge Hannigan said. Avenue, capping at 25th Street Keeping the land in the and running north from Master hands of the trust would ensure to Diamond streets. the integrity of the system. The vacant land analysis, To assess whether a comperformed by Interface Studio, munity land trust would mesh found that 24 percent of this with the North Central commuarea stood vacant, including 388 nity, Habitat spoke with various vacant buildings and 1,344 va- members of the neighborhood. cant lots – the equivalency of 47 “[Habitat] worked with a football fields, Troy Hannigan, number of neighborhood stakeproject director at Habitat for holders, residents and churches Humanity, said. who made the recommendation
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right for our organization, it would be a good fit for the neighborhood.
that if it was right for our organization, it would be a good fit for the neighborhood,” Hannigan said. “Habitat thinks it fits well with our mission.” Despite Habitat’s support, there are still a few kinks to be smoothed before it can formulate a plan for Lower North Central’s vacant land and infrastructure. Project H.O.M.E. has withdrawn support for the land trust, instead deciding to shift its focus from homeownership toward the prevention of homelessness, Hannigan said. Although Habitat cannot guarantee the feasibility of the project, Hannigan said the organization is dedicated to the North Central community. “Whether we create a land trust or not, Habitat is really committed to this neighborhood,” he said. “We’ve been building for 28 years and we’re committed to building more homeownership opportunities. We’re in it for the long haul.” Suzannah Cavanaugh can be reached at email@example.com.
FEST PAGE 9 pectations.” In their biggest show since Warped Tour 2013, the band played their half-hour set as snow fell and snowball fights erupted in the audience. Radio 104.5's free shows at the Piazza are notorious for having large periods of downtime in between sets, which quickly added up to seem like an eternity in the intense cold. Concert-goers used this down time however to squeeze closer and encroach upon each other’s personal space. As body space grew smaller, participants even climbed the 25 foot snow pile for a better view. The frigid temperatures dropped as the afternoon wound on, and each band left their mark on the festival. Cheers erupted from the audience as MSMR preformed popular singles “Hurricanes,” and “Bones” and David Boyd, the lead singer of New Politics, climbed up the seemingly slippery scaffolding to serenade the audience. The passion for music emulated from the visiting bands, especially when Switchfoot took the stage. Lead singer Jon
Foreman played half a set before revealing that the band was unsure if they would even be able to attend. Foreman suffered from a Jan. 10 surfing accident that resulted in 30 stitches on his face. But the show went on as Foreman asked for, “a round of applause for all of the amazing talent you have seen on stage.” After getting exactly what he asked for, he continued with, “And an even bigger round of applause for Twenty One Pilots,” and the audience fulfilled his request without being disappointed. A roar emerged from the vast audience, and an unrivaled energy mixed perfectly with the steam of body heat that rose from the crowd. The snow ceased and cleared the sky just in time for the sun to set and duo Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun to take the stage. Twenty One Pilots certainly knows how to work a crowd, which is something that Radio 104.5 must have noticed. The duo jumped from opening band to headliners in just one short year, and clearly blowing the
2013 Winter Jam out of the water. A 360 degree view revealed what could only be described as a lively, dancing crowd. “You aren't warm, but you're surely alive!” Foreman said. Crowd surfing reached a new level during this particular set. After performing hit singles “Holding On To You,” and “House of Gold,” Dun experimented with a mobile drumset. Anchored on a piece of plywood, Dun's drumset was first hoisted into the crowd to which he followed shortly thereafter. Five bands, three pairs of socks and two frozen pens later it was obvious that Winter Jam was a very long, very cold day as the concert wrapped up around 6 p.m. “Thanks for coming out and for being so amazing. Now go home and get warm!” Radio 104.5 host Jessie said as the night came to a close. Brianna Spause can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Barnes Foundation is starting 2014 with the work of an internationally known artist, Yinka Shonibare MBE. The exhibit, “Yinka Shonibare MBE: Magic Ladders,” will go through different ideas of history, slavery and race by using many mediums like photography, sculpting and painting. There will be at least 15 sculptures on display. Shonibare is known for using life-sized mannequins that are draped in colorful fabrics produced in Europe but look similar to African culture. Shonibare uses this to show how African identities have been affected by European colonialism. The exhibition will be on display until April 21. -Chelsea Finn
SPECIAL INGREDIENT: CHOCOLATE Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen is introducing chocolate as the ingredient for its Thursday specials this month. Cedar Point Bar and Kitchen, located at 2870 E. Norris St., serves up American classics and soul food. Every Thursday evening, the bar and restaurant creates its menu based around one inspirational ingredient. The ingredient will be featured in entrees, appetizers, drinks and more. Having already used jalapenos, salt and onion this month, the last Thursday ingredient for January is chocolate. CPBK is open for dinner from 5 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and also has lunch and weekend brunch. – Albert Hong
SUPER BOWL SPECIALS McGillin’s Olde Ale House is an Irish pub close to Main Campus, on 1310 Drury St., that will be showing the Super Bowl game on its “supersized” HDTVs and high-def projector screen TVs. The pub will be serving $7 pitchers of Yuengling Light Lager. Customers who buy their Super Mug for $5 get $1 refills of Bud Light as well. Honey’s Sit N’ Eat is a diner that features breakfast and brunch, with two locations on 800 N. 4th Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee performed at First Unitarian Church on Jan. 26 as part of her national tour. | KARA MILSTEIN TTN St. and 2101 South St. The diner is currently catering Super Bowl packages for pickup or delivery, which include assorted cocktail sandwiches with homemade red bliss potato salad, house-fried tortilla chips with fresh pico de gallo and an assortment of brownies and cookies. The small goes for $150 and serves 8-12, “The characters have so much nates both broken and growing reSanti. The cousins are members of and the large goes for $275 and serves 12-16. The show is the second a Puerto Rican family torn apart by further to go, which makes me really lationships, and a flooding spotlight – Albert Hong in a trilogy of plays by interested in seeing where they do in gives an eerie layer to a veteran’s violence and drugs in North Philly.
‘Water by the Spoonful’ debuts at Arden Quiara Alegria Hudes. EMILY ROLEN The Temple News Capturing the streets of North Philadelphia and putting them onstage alongside the struggles facing many families, individuals and neighborhoods looked as though it was, well, easy for playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes. This is Hudes’ first play to show at the Arden Theatre ComTHEATER pany and is now playing until March 16 under the direction of Lucie Tiberghien on the Arcadia Stage at the Arden, located at 40 N. 2nd St. The two-hour show – with a 15-minute intermission – would not have been the same without the quick-witted and playful banter from main characters and cousins, Elliot and Yaz Ortiz, played by Temple alum Armando Batista and Maia De-
Junior theater major Steph Iozzia saw the show during its second performance, after its opening night debut on Jan. 22. “It came off the page, which I think is really important with plays,” Iozzia said. The script came to life with Batista’s heavy Philly accent and “Spanglish,” and DeSanti’s playful teasing, making Hudes’ writing reflect the Philly streets and culture even more. The story follows two groups of people, both Elliot and Yaz, and a chat room full of “crack heads” that intertwine throughout the show and gracefully meet in the middle, right before intermission. Through a series of events which would be unforgivable to give away, Elliot and Yaz are posed with universal questions that transcend into their own individual and family struggles. As “Water by the Spoonful” is only the second of the trilogy, the ending does not leave the audience with a sense of closure.
fact end up,” said Angie Coleman, one of the audience members. An interesting aspect of the show was the element of jazz music and how essential it was to the themes of the show. Yaz, a music teacher and proponent of dissonant music, introduces themes of disagreement and controversy into the show. “The way the show played out, you knew it was like a piece of jazz music,” said Philadelphian and thespian Ben Schrager. “You knew all of these notes were going to be hit, but you didn’t know when or how.” This dynamic of a broken family living in “el barrio” in North Philly casts a literally harsh light of reality onto the set, an intentional choice by light designer Eric Southern. Southern also manages to capture an era of disconnect in online relationships through LED lights that resemble the offensive buzz of a computer monitor, giving the show another dimension unique unto itself. A gentle haze of yellow light illumi-
psychological instability. Southern’s choices proved to be influential for the entire show, and without them, may have fallen flat. The set, which was originally wood, is hand-painted to look like the concrete streets of Philly. The basic design lends itself to interpretation, such as how it has multiple levels and steps, similar to the steps of recovery and disconnection. Amid the concrete walls is a mural with an eye peeking through a single square window. This mural, which can be seen in Kensington, just adds another layer to the aspect of how the show reflects the lives and universal themes of struggle for Philadelphians. “I feel so proud as a Philadelphian after seeing this show,” Schrager said. “As someone trying to go into the arts, I just feel really proud.”
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Chinatown will hold its midnight celebration for the Chinese New Year, presented by the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, on Jan. 30. The parade and a lion dance performance featuring the Philadelphia Suns, starts at 10th and Race streets at 11:30 p.m. and will proceed through Chinatown. PCDC is a nonprofit organization that helps preserve Chinatown. Celebrate the start of the year of the horse at this event for free. –Kerri Ann Raimo
DANCERS RETURN IN MARCH South Philadelphia-based group Kun-Yang Lin/ Dancers are set to return home to the city for the 2014 season from March 22-23 at the Mandell Theater at 33rd and Chestnut streets after performing internationally. The group will premiere the stage production of “Be/Longing: Light/Shadow,” which will include puppet artist HuaHua Zhan and artist Tatiana Hassan. The artistic director of Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers, Kun-Yang Lin, has received numerous awards for his work both in the United States and his home country of Taiwan. Lin is also a professor at Temple’s Center for the Arts. –Patricia Madej
PHILLY MART Just in time to get Valentine’s Day shopping done, the Philly Mart will return to the Transfer Station on Main Street in Manayunk from Feb. 8-9. The pop-up market features wares from more than 30 vendors from around the Philadelphia area, focusing on handmade goods. Shoppers who refer three friends to the Philly Mart mailing list will also earn $10 worth of “Mart Money” that can be spent at the market. –Samantha Tighe
TRENDING IN PHILLY What people BITCOIN ACCEPTED IN PHILLY are talking @metrophilly tweeted on Jan. 24 that bitcoin, a “cryptocurabout in rency,” is starting to be accepted in Philadelphia. Cavanaugh’s on Sansom Street will begin accepting the payment on Wedneday. Philly – Businesses are risking accepting payment of the coin because its from news value is rumored to skyrocket into the millions in just a few years. and store openings, to music events and restaurant openings. For breaking news and daily BAN ON E-CIGARETTES @Phillydotcom tweeted on Jan. 24 that Councilman Bill Green updates, follow The Temple News has introduced a bill within City Council that will ban the use on Twitter @TheTempleNews. of e-cigarettes indoors in Philadelphia. In addition, the bill will expand on the indoor smoking ban that Mayor Michael Nutter introduced while he was in City Council.
POPE FRANCIS PLANS TO VISIT IN 2015 @visitphilly tweeted on Jan. 24 that Pope Francis is planning to stop in Philadelphia in September 2015 during the World Meeting of Families, an international Catholic meeting that takes place once every three years.
PHILLY FILMMAKER WINS $25,000 @NewsWorksWHYY tweeted on Jan. 25 that Philadelphia filmmaker Ben Kalina has won a $25,000 award from the Sundance Institue after his documentary “Shored Up” was honored at the Sundance Film Festival last week. “Shored Up” examines raising sea levels, focusing on the Jersey Shore. It also documents the before and aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
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Students who take Personal Defense for Women must be on guard for spontaneous testing by instructors. | ERIC DAO TTN
tha Birmingham said they realize how important this skill is. Last year, as a resident assistant on duty in Temple Towers, Birmingham assisted a female student who reported being raped. Birmingham said she and the traumatized student sat alone in silence for at least an hour before the student was ready to talk. “It hit me how scary it must be to be totally alone and vulnerable,” Birmingham said. “I never want to be in that situation, and if I am, I want to be able to defend myself.” Woodson, who has been teaching self-defense for about
15 years, said many women who take the class say they have been sexually assaulted. “Some of the physical stuff brings up memories for them, it becomes emotional,” Woodson said. “What we believe is when they overcome being traumatized from that event, we can help them come through with confidence.” Wimberly said he believes it is essential to build a relationship with the students early on in order to ensure they are comfortable talking about such issues. “We take each one of [the students] personally,” he said.
“We feel as though [they are] our responsibility.” Though the seriousness of the subject matter could often create the potential for a heavy and somber class environment, Wimberly said he frequently tries to lighten the mood by joking with the students. It’s best to keep the class on a positive note, instructors said, even when there are troubling events that need to be confronted. Serious issues like the recent shooting in Northern Liberties that occurred when a young woman resisted surrendering her purse to her attacker are addressed.
“If someone wants to rob you, give it to them,” Woodson said. “Your keys, your wallet and your license can all be replaced. Your life cannot.” Instructors stress lessons like that are just as important as acquiring the physical skills necessary for self-defense. “We’re going to turn you into warriors against the people who will harm and hurt you,” Wimberly said.
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fter clicking on the newest Beyoncé video, I tap my foot, watching the seconds tick away before I can click “skip” on the annoying political ad proceeding Queen Bey’s flawless moves. I’m not alone – we all do it. Just as we’re about to dance like our roomLora Strum mate’s not Polarized home, we Campus hear, “My name is [insert suit-and-tiewearing politician here] and I sponsored this message.” Already frustrated that we then have to wait another five seconds before we can toggle between YouTube and Buzzfeed, we skip the advertisement and its message goes back into cyberspace for some other potential voter to skip. But what are the implications of our impatience? Since party identification and voting have become critical in America’s young electorate, reaching Generation Y is top priority for Republicans, Democrats and independents alike. According to USA Today, in the 2012 election alone, voters ages 18-29 comprised 18 percent of the electorate and nearly 50 percent voted to reelect Barack Obama – giving him a substantial boost over competitor Mitt Romney. While a slim margin of the young white vote went to Romney, young minorities and women voted overwhelmingly for Obama. This advantage in the young vote helped Obama win
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Peter Reynolds stays busy as a director on and off campus. KARLINA JONES The Temple News Peter Reynolds doesn’t take days off. As the head of Temple’s musical theater department, Reynolds has dedicated his time and energy to doing what he enjoys most – directing musical theater productions at both Temple and professional theaters in Philadelphia. “Balancing my two jobs is a lot of work,” Reynolds said. “I work seven days a week.” Since Fall 2007, Reynolds has taken part in the production of numerous Temple musicals, including last semester’s “Oklahoma!” Reynolds is also the artistic director at the Mauckingbird Theatre Company, a position he accepted in 2008. Reynolds is directing “Beautiful Thing” at Mauckingbird Theatre, which will run until Sunday. The play was written by Jonathan Harvey about two teenage boys in London working on a housing project. After what begins as a supportive friendship where one boy’s father is abusive, the two characters fall in love. “It is a sweet love story in bleak conditions,” Reynolds said. Mauckingbird Theatre is unique in its mission to promote LGBTQ plays, according to Reynolds’ colleague. “The Mauckingbird Theatre Company [is] committed to producing professional gay-themed theater while also exploring classic literature and musical genres and providing affordable productions of infrequently produced works,” said Marie Chiment, head of design in the Temple theater department. She said she has worked with Reynolds for years, both at the university and at Mauckingbird Theatre. Throughout the production of “Beautiful Thing,” Reynolds said people from the “Temple family” have supported him in balancing his roles on and off campus. Many can attest to his commitment at the university and have also worked under his
Peter Reynolds (bottom left) works with student actors and professionals as a director. | COURTESY PETER REYNOLDS direction in professional performances. Adjunct acting professor Cheryl Williams has been part of the professional cast of several plays directed by Reynolds. She’s also appeared on stage with him in other productions and said she has seen him grow in the theater world for many years. “He is so gifted as a performer,” Williams said. “[He’s a] fantastic director with a true talent for assembling the most perfect casts and a great teacher and administrator. [He is] also a true gentleman.” Reynolds said the way he prefers to direct allows the actor to explore their character and become one with their onstage personality. He said he doesn’t push for perfection from the start, but encourages a gradual familiarity with the character’s identity to strengthen into something tangible. “[Reynolds] is very clear in his vision with each production, but gives his actors a great deal of freedom to create their character and how they live and operate in the particular world he wishes to see,” Chiment said. Assistant professor in acting and musical theater Nancy Boykin said she knows from personal experience that it is a challenge for members of the theater world to balance a schedule the way Reynolds does. She has worked closely with Reynolds in the past few years at Temple and in the production of a few Mauckingbird performances. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the stage, she said. “[Reynolds] is dedicated to [directing] good plays that appeal to a wide variety of audiences,” Boykin said. “It is al-
ways difficult to balance teaching and side productions.” Reynolds said he spends most of his time with productions on campus, preparing students for upcoming plays and musicals. Junior theater major Griffin Back has had many opportunities to grow and learn from the work he has participated in with Reynolds. Back has been acquainted with Reynolds in theater since he was 12 years old. “He’s someone that I trust completely and was a big part of the reason I decided to come to Temple,” Back said. “I’ve worked with him more than any other director.” Reynolds’ dedication to student-actors like Back has been noticed by his colleagues. “Temple is lucky to have [Reynolds],” Boykin said. “He works tirelessly. He is devoted to the students and would do anything for them.” Colleagues also noted the benefits of having Reynolds present on campus as well as at another theater, because his work at both places goes handin-hand, although the time commitment is consuming. “The negative is that I can’t dedicate more time to Mauckingbird [because of what] I do at Temple,” Reynolds said. “The positive side is that my jobs affect one another, making me learn from [each experience].” No matter how busy he is, Reynolds said he wouldn’t change anything about his schedule. “I love doing what I do,” he said. “I love my job.” Karlina Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AROUND CAMPUS NEW OWNER FOR BUSZ TRUCKS One of the most popular food trucks on Main Campus, the Burger and Cheese Busz, has recently begun a total overhaul that started with the business being sold by its previous owner, Juno Park. Peter Shin, the truck’s new owner, plans on making some major changes within the next few months, but said that he doesn’t anticipate that they will affect the food. “We’re going to be getting a new truck soon - it’s going to have a whole new design with some crazy graphics,” Shin said. “But we won’t be changing the menu because everything on it sells so well.” The Burger and Cheese Busz, located on Norris Street near the Tyler School of Art, has been on campus since March 2011 and quickly became a campus staple due to its vast selection of specialty burgers and grilled cheese sandwiches.
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Stephen Lunger and Aaron Troisi created Hip Hop Fundamentals to bring educational topics to Philadelphia school children in an engaging format, using breakdancing as the performance tool to demonstrate academic subject matter. | ANDREW THAYER TTN
Energizing city education cuts. “The Kickstarter campaign brought a lot of attention to our work,” Troisi said. The group’s efforts were becoming increasingly recognized, resulting in appearing on the cover of Philadelphia Weekly. Then, one phone call changed everything. “[Wong] is originally from Bermuda,” Lunger said. “[He] gets this call from somebody who lives in Bermuda, who works with his father, saying, ‘I really like what you guys do, and we want to see you guys do something in Bermuda at a TEDx event.’” The group agreed that accepting the offer was the only plausible course of action. In October 2013, Lunger, Troisi and Wong flew to Bermuda to show a different country what Hip Hop Fundamentals is all about. “It was an opportunity to reach an entirely new audience and to be a topic of international conversation,” Troisi said. The performance, which is
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available to watch online, teaches physics with the specific methods the group uses to reach students. “For us, it represented the chance to represent a larger purpose, but also to create a bigger show and to put more depth in it,” Lunger said, in reference to the group’s origination with a purely dance-based purpose. Hip Hop Fundamentals began as a way to teach students more about the art of breakdancing, through an assembly called the “Principles of Hip Hop.” While the “Principles of Hip Hop” remains a popular and successful way to engage students in the oldest form of hip-hop dance, the group saw an opportunity for change. Although Hip Hop Fundamentals had existed in some form since about 2010, adding Troisi as the education director in 2012 gave it a more academically- and socially-based approach. “We’d been having more conversations about using it as a method of teaching,” Troisi, who has known Lunger his whole life, said. He said
he felt his knowledge of education would help his friend’s company reach an even larger audience. Troisi said Temple’s education program was a huge reason for the group’s growth in this direction. “Everything they were telling me in class at Temple was beautifully epitomized and captured in what Hip Hop Fundamentals was doing,” he said. Now, the group has two more major performance themes: physics and the civil rights movement. The group performs both of these in schools around the tristate area, in addition to open events, the most recent of which was held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The leaders insisted that despite its stint in Bermuda, Hip Hop Fundamentals is loyal to the city of Philadelphia. Each of its dancers is locally-based and the group said they strive to pay them each at a fair rate. “[It] starts with us paying our dancers correctly,” Lunger said.
“We can’t make a big move ahead if we can’t take care of everyone that’s involved.” The “move ahead” he is speaking of entails office space, rehearsal space, living quarters for the dancers and, ultimately, a huge impact on the way education is viewed in the city and nation. “We use these styles that are fractured and leave kids feeling dumb and lonely,” Lunger said of the education system. In his view, Hip Hop Fundamentals gives students an opportunity to feel personally connected and in charge of their own educational experience. “I look at it like giving someone their drum,” Lunger said. “If we educate through dance correctly, I’ve given somebody their rhythm.” Grace Holleran can be reached at email@example.com.
Professors collaborate for latest publication Art history professors revisited their love of Counter-Reformation art in a new book. ALEXA BRICKER The Temple News Despite art history professor Marcia Hall’s deep interest in the art of the Counter-Reformation since receiving her Ph.D. at Harvard in 1967, she took time away from the subject after completing her degree to explore other areas of the art world. This year, however, she has returned to the subject matter. She and fellow art history professor Tracy Cooper published a collaborative book, “The Sensuous in the Counter-Reformation Church,” published by Cambridge University Press.
“[Cooper] and I had organized a pair of sessions at an annual meeting of Renaissance,” Hall said. “On the plane back to Philadelphia we recognized that there was a thread running through a number of papers relating to the senses, and we decided it was a topic whose time had come.” Hall says that at the Renaissance conferences, one of the first points of discussion was the idea that during the Counter-Reformation, progress in art is believed, by some, to have been halted by the church’s desire to produce more sacred pieces. However, she takes a different point of view on her area of expertise. “I argued that on the contrary, some of the most important painters of the late 16th century – Titian, Tintoretto, Barocci, El Greco, Caravaggio – actually created a new kind
of sacred image,” Hall said. “[These images] answered the demands both of the Church for devotional images and of the patrons for work of art.” This is not the first time Hall has delved into the role art has played in Renaissance churches. Ten years after earning her Ph.D., she published her dissertation into her first book, entitled “Renovation and Counter-Reformation.” In 2011, she published “The Sacred Image in the Age of Art,” which explored topics similar to the theme of this new book. Hall said that at the forefront of her argument for the progress made in art during the Counter-Reformation is based on the feelings artists were able to evoke in the viewer. “Key to [the artist’s] new contribution was an appeal to the emotions and the senses of the beholder,” Hall said. While she has written a large
number of books over the course of her career, Hall said having a partner throughout the process is unique for her. “This is the first time I have collaborated on editing a text,” she said. “It was stimulating to discuss the essays together with [Cooper] in the editing process.” Hall and Cooper’s goal is to show how important early Renaissance work was for the arts community and disproving a popularly believed theory that the religiousness of the time period stifled artistic expression. Through closely analyzing the role the senses play in experiencing works of art, Hall said many of these Counter-Reformation artists were able to forge a new path.
Visiting artist, Brenna K. Murphy kicked off the Tyler’s January schedule with a presentation on Monday, Jan. 27. Murphy is a world-renowned artist, having had pieces displayed in galleries in multiple countries and American cities. In her work, she often utilizes her own hair, and will be displaying her most recent collection entitled “Home Imagined (Dollhouse),” in the Temple Contemporary Gallery located in the Tyler School of Art. This newest work is a product of a five-month art residency in France that Murphy participated in last year, and explores the idea of domestic life. -Alexa Bricker
NIGHT OF JAZZ This Wednesday, Jan. 29, the Boyer College of Music and Dance will hold its regular Jazz @ The Underground night of music. The event will be held in the Student Center and is available to all students, faculty and alumni. The show will feature jazz singer René Marie from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All shows in association with Jazz @ The Underground are free and open to the public. This show is sponsored by the General Activities Fund. Questions can be directed to Matt Schillizzi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Erin Edinger-Turoff
FLOWER POWER On Sunday, Feb. 2, Ambler Campus will offer a visual tour called “Flower Shows: Where Art and Horticulture Meet.” The event will begin at 2 p.m. and is open to all students, faculty and alumni. The event is in anticipation of the upcoming Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, which will take place in early March. The theme of this year’s flower show is “ARTiculture,” hence the theme of Sunday’s visual tour. Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Jenny Rose Carey will direct the visual tour. Audiences will explore images of the Philadelphia flower show along with the Hampton Court and Chelsea flower shows, which are three major flower show exhibitions to take place throughout the world. The visual tour will focus on how horticulture becomes art and vice versa. It will be free and open to the public, but landscape architects may purchase CEU credits. -Erin Edinger-Turoff
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With Broncos, two former Owls to compete in Super Bowl KNIGHTON, YOUBOTY SUIT UP FOR DENVER With the Denver Broncos clinching a spot in this weekend’s Super Bowl, former Owl defensive lineman Terrance Knighton will get a chance to compete in the nation’s biggest sporting event of the year. Knighton tallied four tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss during the AFC Championship. Knighton, who was a team captain during his senior year at Temple, was on the Owls roster from 200608. He tallied more than 50 tackles during each of the three seasons in which he started for Temple. Former Owl and current NFL rookie John Youboty is also with the Broncos. -Avery Maehrer
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brought in numerous recruiting prospects from schools around the country to visit Temple and run with the team, and a young nucleus on both the men’s and women’s teams held their own in a season of transition, much of them shattering career marks along the way. “They hired [Snyder], a really good guy with a ton of experience, they put a ton of money into the program, we saw recruits come in all [season], and I had a really good feeling about it,” senior Will Kellar said. “It was looking pretty good. It was almost looking too good.” The wave of good feeling for a distance program seemingly on the rise came to a quick halt, as it was announced on Dec. 6 that men’s track & field would be one of seven sports cut out of Temple’s athletic budget, beginning July 1. Men’s cross country was not among the cut sports. “It was just out of nowhere,” sophomore Will Maltin said. “There was nothing prior in the months, weeks and days leading up to it that hinted at the fact that there were going to be cuts. There was nothing that really indicated what was going to happen, and it was a shock to all of us. A lot of people, including myself, were brought to tears. … We were just blindsided.” “It leaves a sick feeling in your stomach,” Kellar said.
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Smith joins the Nittany Lions, who are led by first-year coach PENSYL HIGHLIGHTS Coach Matt Rhule will an- James Franklin. -Avery Maehrer RECENT INVITATIONAL nounce the team’s 2014 recruiting After suffering an almost two class on Feb. 5. year layoff due to injury, senior Rhule is slated to tour the PhilDylan Pensyl highlighted Boston adelphia area as part of a two-day University’s Terrier Invitational two“football recruiting celebration,” according to a press release. Fans are Last week, junior guard day meet for the Owls. In the field event, Pensyl had able to attend by purchasing tickets Rateska Brown was named to the the best finish among the Owls and online. Philadelphia Big 5 and American his best performance since 2012 -Avery Maehrer Athletic Conference honor rolls. Brown has been an essen- securing a sixth place finish in the SMITH LEAVES OWLS tial offensive weapon in the Owls’ long jump with a mark of 6.69m. FOR PENN STATE GIG On the second day of comrecent two game winning streak Terry Smith, who spent the – the team’s first winning streak petition, senior Will Kellar ran his 2013 season as Temple’s wide re- since starting the season 3-0. Com- 3,000m race setting a personal best ceivers coach, has joined Penn ing off of the bench, Brown has of 8 minutes, 29.80 seconds. The Owls will compete on FriState’s coaching staff as a defensive averaged 11 points in the last two day in the PSU National Open. recruiting coordinator and corner- conference games. -Danielle Nelson backs coach. -Brien Edwards
“We had this young coach coming in. He was putting in hours upon hours to get recruits, going above and beyond the call to get them in here. He had these insane itineraries during their visits and he’d take them all over the city, and then to see all that work go down the toilet within an hour was tough.” “On Friday morning, we had a program,” Kellar added. “And by Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. it was gone. With how quickly it happened, it was just unreal. … It’s disappointing.” With no men’s track & field program to complement cross country after this summer, Snyder’s rebuilding project has taken a different turn. There is no cross country team in the American Athletic Conference without an accompanying track & field team. While the lack of a complete cross country and track & field program on the men’s side figures to hurt the team’s chances of drawing higher-profile recruits, just how much or how little remains to be seen. The team is still waiting on news of whether it will be able to receive funding from the university to perform in “nontraditional” meets during the winter and spring seasons after this year. While that situation is pending, Snyder said the possibility of still being able to compete in some capacity during the cross country offseason could be an attractive option to recruits. The amount of avail-
able scholarships for the cross country program is also yet to be determined. While times have certainly changed along with the situation since Snyder’s hiring, Temple’s distance squad and its coaches have made it clear that while track & field will no longer exist as a Division I program at Temple, cross country is still moving forward with those same goals that Snyder had harped on back in sunny July. “We had a lot going for us,” Maltin said. “It was a new transition into this fall, we had a new coach and a lot of promise looking forward. We had recruits coming in here, potential facilities, more funding, and I believed 100 percent when coach Snyder said that we were going to be a Top 20 program in this country in the next four years. I believed every word of it. I had no doubt in my mind, and I knew he was going to be the guy to get us there.” “Is that completely off the table? I don’t think so,” Maltin added. “Is it rare that a cross country only school gets in the Top 20 and makes it to nationals? It’s rare, yes, but I think Snyder has the resources to bring this team to that level. It’s tough thinking what could’ve been, but there’s no reason to think that it still couldn’t be.” Andrew Parent can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @daParent93.
IN LATEST MEET, OWLS 20th with a time of 56.74 to Gaston’s 21st place time of 56.94. Both QUALIFY FOR ECACS It was a record-setting meet for the women’s track & field team as they competed at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational two-day event. On the track, senior Anna Pavone wasted no time in the 3000m, shaving off two hundredth of a second from her teammate Jenna Dubrow’s 2012 Temple record of 10 hours, 07 minutes, 92 seconds, setting a new school record in 10:05.05. It was a close finish between junior Michelle Davis-Timothy and freshman Kenya Gaston in the 400m. Davis-Timothy was able to edge out her teammate finishing
times secured a qualifying spot in the ECAC. In the 200m, freshmen Bionca St. Fleur and Jimmia McCluskey set new personal bests as St. Fleur finished 26th in 25.23, while McCluskey came in with a time of 25.29 for 29th place. In field events, junior Margo Britton and McCluskey also qualified for the ECAC in their respective events finishing in the Top 10. Britton took third place in the shot put with her longest throw of the day at 14.63. McCluskey finished sixth in the long jump with a time of 5.72m. -Danielle Nelson
Administration to meet with cut teams CUTS PAGE 1 meeting. “I would hope that it was going to be worthwhile meeting and that there’s going to be some resolution and that there’s actually going to be good dialogue to bring the team back,” DiPietro said. “It could all be window dressing so they can say to the press, ‘Well, we gave them a chance to talk,’” DiPietro added. Track & field coach Eric Mobley is going into the meeting without any expectations, he said. “I am going in there to take full advantage of the opportunity to talk to the president and the board and then from that we will see what happens,” Mobley said. Monica Kerrigan, a baseball representative for the T7 organization, remains pessimistic that anything of substance will come from the meeting. “They’ve been inundated with emails because there was
a call to action email that had gone out to supporters of Temple athletics, and with that I believe that the trustees, Clark and Theobald had no choice but to call a meeting because that was the only way to stop the barrage of emails,” Kerrigan said. Despite Kerrigan’s doubts regarding what will result from the meeting, she said she remains hopeful that the discussion will give the administrators “food for thought.” Kerrigan’s son, Jimmy, is a sophomore on the baseball team. After being denied requests to meet with Theobald and Clark, Kerrigan said she was able to schedule an appointment with executive senior associate athletics director Mark Ingram. During the meeting, Kerrigan claims that Ingram revealed that cuts had been in discussion since his second day on the job at Temple in 2012. One of Kerrigan’s biggest complaints stems from the fact that her son
was recruited while the university was considering cutting the team. Kerrigan said she is unsure if she will be among the T7 representatives in attendance at the meeting with Theobald due to there being others who may represent the group better than an “angry mom.” Should the T7 and others fail to save the disbanded programs, Kerrigan said that it will be “inevitable” that her son will transfer. “There would be no reason to continue, nor would he want to be a Temple alumni,” Kerrigan said. “When something so wrong is done to you, why would you continue on with your education there?” Avery Maehrer can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @AveryMaehrer. Danielle Nelson contributed reporting.
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With cuts, future of youth team uncertain GYMNASTICS PAGE 1 it’s a home away from home. The same goes for his teammate Will Pearson, 15, from Friends’ Central School, but both are well aware that their time in the gym could be running out. Temple’s recent athletic cuts put its men’s gymnastics program on a path toward extinction, which also put the boys’ program on the same path. “The first thought was, ‘Well…crap, now what are we going to do?’” Pearson said. “If we don’t have anyone to coach us and we don’t have a gym…I mean there are other gyms, but this is our home. This is where we go, this our team.” “They’re well aware,” current head coach and alumni Alex Tighe said. “We don’t try to hide the elephant in the room
with them. They know that in stopped using the room for recthe middle of the summer that reation in 2003, allowing the they stand a chance of not hav- team to leave their equipment ing a place to practice. “We out at the end of the day and don’t try to remind them of that creating a chance for a team to every day, but we don’t hide it train at night. “I asked if I could start a either.” boys’ team and if I Philadelphia Boys’ UP NEXT could use it Gymnastics is the only competitive Owls vs. Springfield as a fundprogram of its kind raiser for the Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in the area. Turoff men’s procreated it nearly 11 years ago gram,” Turoff said. “I was told after two other local programs yes, certainly go ahead, do it.” – Cherry Hill Gymnastics AcadHe took things a step furemy and Macy’s Gymnastics ther a few months later, creating Academy in Feasterville, Pa. – an annual boys’ invitational at closed and parents from the two Temple in February that brings extinct teams asked him if he in about 500 kids per year, givwould start a new one. ing them a chance to see college Turoff couldn’t do it at first. gymnastics. His team had to clear Pearson Tighe is assisted by current 144 after practice so it could members of the men’s program be used for recreation. Temple and assistant coach Patrick
McLaughlin. “It’s a learning experience on both sides,” Tighe said. “I’ve learned a lot from the kids and vice-versa.” “Teaching them the skills and then they teach me how to deal with 8-to-12-year-old attitudes, how to interact and how to deal with them when they’re having good and bad days,” Tighe added. “It’s been a growing experience for me.” As a junior-high student, Turoff took the bus and the subway to Temple for Friday night clinics on the fifth floor of Conwell Hall. McGonigle Hall was not yet in existence. “It was a great time for all of us in the [Philadelphia Junior High Public League,]” Turoff said. “Being in junior high and high school to get to together
with the college guys and work out.” When Turoff returned to Temple as a student-athlete in the mid-60s, the clinics had stopped, but they weren’t lost on him. Turoff was hired as Temple’s head coach in 1976, and after contact with local coaches, decided to bring the clinics back in order to help promote gymnastics. It took a switch from Friday nights to late Sunday mornings and six years to get going, as Turoff was a bit preoccupied with something else. “I was busy learning how to be a head coach for six years,” Turoff said. The clinics were open to kids five and older, giving them access to an adequate facility while also helping with
fundraising as a “low cost event for local kids.” According to Turoff, the clinics brings in $4,000 to $6,000 per year for both the men’s and women’s teams, originally at a charge of $5 an hour for two hours, now $10 for an hour and a half. “[The clinics] allows the kids to come in and train in a good facility and to see Temple University,” Turoff said. “Some of these kids that come in wind up being Temple students because of their exposure to the university.” Nick Tricome can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @itssnick215.
During a session held this past Sunday, the men’s gymnastics team worked with youth athletes as part of a program that coach Fred Turoff created. | MAGGIE TRAPANI TTN
Alban: Becoming a mom ‘made me stronger’ ALBAN PAGE 20 as a freshman, we as coaches ban said. “Coming back, I startwere trying to get to know these ed off with one event, the beam, girls a little bit,” Murphy said. and then back to bars, and floor “At that freshman year, we kind and vault were last. Being an of figured them out at that point, all-arounder, it’s definitely been and I always knew she was a tough, but my team has made hard worker, very diligent and it easy for me because of their getting whatever she needed to support, and it’s been great.” get done, she got done.” Alban is currently serving Murphy’s biggest concern as a co-captain on the team. was about the physical obstacles “She’s probably one of the that Alban would have to over- most hardworking and dedicatcome. ed people I’ve ever met in my “As a man, I didn’t know entire life,” co-captain Heather if it was physically possible to Zaniewski said. “I look up to come back to the sport of gym- that, because she literally does nastics after having a child,” everything.” Murphy said. “I’ve never “She was in here all the coached anyone through it. So time,” Zaniewski added. “She that, to me, impressed me the was in and out, and we did most. To take the steps to drop just whatever we could to help the weight and get her out and get her UP NEXT her body going through that second again, and lo and Ken Anderson Invite semester [spring Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. behold, here she is 2011]. So we threw stepping up as an a nice little baby all-around athlete again.” shower and everything.” The return to the sport Balancing school, gymnaswasn’t necessarily easy, how- tics and raising a child, Alban ever. said she is thankful for all the “It was actually really help she’s gotten along the way. tough, but having the coach “I have a great support and the team behind me, they system,” she said. “I have my believed in me and I ended up boyfriend and his family here competing that same year,” Al- in Philadelphia. If it wasn’t for
them, I probably wouldn’t be meets under our belt, we’re godoing gymnastics, or going to ing to feel more comfortable competing out school at Temthere and hitting ple. They’re our routines. As like my second co-captain, I’m family, so they really proud of really help out them. We’re gowith watching do great this ing my daughyear, I really feel ter. Me and it.” my boyfriend Part of those switch on and expectations off for schoolcome from being ing and scheda mother. uling. We do “It honestly everything tokeeps me motigether. I guess vated for every we’re just resemester and evally organized ery season that and just manI go through,” age our time reAlban said. “It’s ally well.” Jean Alban / senior gymnast made me stronLooking ger as an athlete ahead, Alban and as a person in is optimistic about her final season at Tem- general.” ple. Steve Bohnel can be reached “My expectations are at email@example.com or on great,” Alban said. “I expect Twitter @SteveSportsGuy1. the best for our team. I believe in them and think we can have a more successful season than Fifth-year senior Jean Alban (left) and her daughter, Ariyana, we’ve ever had. I really think pose during a recent team event. | COURTESY JEAN ALBAN the girls this year have stepped it up. I think once we get enough
keeps me motivated for every semester and every season that I go through. It’s made me stronger as an athlete and as a person in general.
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Coach ‘DJ FrainTrain’ finds careers outside rink Unpaid club coaches find career alternatives. SAMUEL MATTHEWS The Temple News
Anthony Lee (left) and Devontae Watson battle for a loose ball during the team’s 80-76 loss to Cincinnati. Temple has gone more than a month without a victory. | HUA ZONG TTN
Owls mired in season of learning, rebuilding BASKETBALL PAGE 20 season.” “Our first half was not great some really good things defenBefore the season, Dunphy sively [Sunday]. There’s a lot of [against Cincinnati],” Dunphy said, “We don’t have a lot of growth left in us and that’s the said. “We shot it poorly in the margin for error” and this sea- hope.” first half. son would be one of the most There’s a “You just have challenging of his career. little bit of to move on to the “I thought it would be chal- next game and fofool’s gold lenging, and it certainly has cus on implementin there bebeen,” Dunphy said. “We have ing what we kind cause Pepper to continue to plug away and be of did in that last was going as positive as we can be. I wish stretch of this game crazy. I think that Daniel Dingle had not got- and make sure we our offense ten hurt. [That could] have done use that for the full was better, I a little bit more for us. I wish game against Rutthought we that [junior guard] Will [Cum- gers and get stops found opmings] didn’t go down [for] a and build off that,” portunities to Fran Dunphy / coach little bit, but that’s part of what Cummings said. get it to the happens in seasons.” rim. We still The Owls have The team has four players positive signs to take from the needed to be more efficient in coming into the fold next sea- season. Nine of the team’s 13 our execution.” son: high school senior forward losses have been by nine or Although it seems unlikeObi Enechionyia, former Texas less points. Redshirt-junior for- ly that the Owls will make the forward Jaylen Bond, former ward Anthony Lee is averaging NCAA tournament for a seventh Massachusetts guard Jesse Mor- a conference-leading 9.1 re- straight time, the team is still gan and former Clemson guard bounds per game. As of Sunday, looking at their schedule game Devin Coleman. The current the Owls were the only Divi- by game. team will likely return everyone sion I team to have four players “What I’m worried about except for Pepper. averaging 14 or more points - is ‘Let’s prepare like crazy for “I think, also, there is a those four players being Pepper, Rutgers on Wednesday,’” Duncoming-of-age in a lot of games Cummings, DeCosey and Lee. phy said. “It’s one game at a that we have played, On the other time, and we’re going to watch UP NEXT and this is another hand, the rest of some film tomorrow and have a one,” Dunphy said. Owls vs. Rutgers the healthy players couple days to prepare for RutJan. 29 at 7 p.m. “Will it help us later – Brown, fresh- gers.” on? That’s the hope. man forward Mark Evan Cross can be reached at Josh Brown is getting to be a Williams, sophomore center better player as a freshman and Devontae Watson, junior for- firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @EvanCross. getting a lot of minutes. [Sopho- ward Jimmy McDonnell and more guard] Quenton DeCosey junior guard Nick Pendergast – realizing that he can play some are averaging 9.3 points a game pretty good defense and he did combined.
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coming-of-age in a lot of games that we have played, and this is another one.
When Ryan Frain isn’t coaching Temple hockey or working as a marketing specialist for Farmers Insurance, he’s blasting music and bumping out beats as DJ ICE HOCKEY FrainTrain. “I’ve DJed birthday parties, communion parties, graduations,” Frain said. “You name it, I did it. DJing is a cool thing, especially if you like music. I don’t think it’s that hard. You’ve just got to read the crowd and go with it.” Ice hockey is sponsored by Campus Recreation as one of the 26 club sports teams. Because of that, Frain does not get paid for his coaching duties, other than a stipend distributed Ryan Frain works part-time as a local DJ. Frain volunteers as at the end of the year to cover Temple’s ice hockey coach. | COURTESY RYAN FRAIN road trip expenses. Along with his marketing job, Frain said “I love hockey,” Frain said. even, but even if there was still DJing is a way to make supple“I love Temple ice hockey. I re- nothing there, I would still do mental income. ally care about the program, and it,” Frain said. Frain said he got his start I want to see it succeed for the “The position itself takes DJing 10 years ago. While at future.” up a lot of time,” senior goaltena family party, the DJ workAs a former player for der Chris Mullen said. “As athing the event came up to Frain Temple, Frain holds the school letes, it takes up a lot of time on and his cousin and asked if they record for points – 225 – and our part, but [Frain’s] putting in would be interested in DJing. was part of just as much time and then even As an avid music UP NEXT the team that more because he has to think up fan, Frain got inOwls vs. Virginia Tech went to the practice plans, and review the volved immediDec. 4 at 9:20 p.m. A m e r i c a n game tape, come up with difately. C o l l e g i a t e ferent strategies based on who “I like music Hockey Association national we’re playing each week. It’s a lot,” Frain said. “And me and playoffs four years ago. Con- got to be tough because he’s not my cousin just hopped into it. tinuing his Temple career – first getting paid, but he definitely We didn’t really have anything as an assistant coach and now in has a passion for the game. He’s to lose. It’s something that gets his first season as head coach – a guy that just loves hockey, extra money in our pockets and was a no-brainer for Frain. loves Temple, so I think that I really started to like it.” “Starting from day one makes up for the lack of monFrain said he chose the as a freshman to my last game etary benefit.” handle DJ FrainTrain because we played at nationals, I really Looking forward to the it was a nickname his old teamloved the team and my teamfuture of Temple hockey, Frain mates used to call him and it mates and the program,” Frain said he is happier than ever and stuck. However, Frain hasn’t said. “It taught me a lot about would like to continue coachbeen blasting out music as hockey and real life. I wanted to ing. much lately. Though he said he “He’s a good coach,” sophstill does it from time to time, get an opportunity to [coach], to give back. Just like how I was omore forward Greg Malinowsit’s happening less frequently given the opportunity to play ki said. “He’s really making because of his increased work and to grow as a person.” some strides, he’s been getting with his marketing job and his Even if Campus Recreation better every week. He’s a good duties as club ice hockey coach. didn’t pay food and travel excoach now, and he’s going to be Although being a DJ helps penses, Frain said he would still a great coach someday.” Frain earn extra income, coaching takes up a large amount of pay out of his own pocket to Samuel Matthews can his time, of which he is not get- continue to coach. be reached at Samuel.mat“I’m obviously not going ting paid for. Still, Frain said email@example.com or on Twitter to turn down the stipend that that doesn’t bother him. @SJMatthews13. they’re giving me so I can break
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model in her. She’s shown us the you can learn from, so I look up way that it’s doable. I’m proud to them, but I would never comof her.” pare myself to them. I try to take UConn’s Auriemma has from them whatever I can.” earned the NCAA crown in three The Hall of Fame coaches of the last five seasons, includ- are also role models for young ing consecutive undefeated sea- players who aspire to become sons in the 2008-09 and 2009-10 coaches themselves. Robinson seasons. Overall, UConn has and junior guard Rateska Brown, won eight national titles in Au- who both hope to be basketball riemma’s 28 years at the helm, coaches one day, view the opand in 14 of those years, Car- portunity to play against Audoza played the role of Auriem- riemma- and Stringer-coached ma’s assistant coach. teams as a special privilege. “I learned so much from “It’s a blessing,” Brown just being around said. “As we play the UP NEXT him,” Cardoza game, we also anasaid. “Not just as Owls vs. UConn lyze the ins and outs Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. a coach, but as a of things. We get better person. It’s been at basketball. Playing an honor to say that he’s a friend, against elite coaches, it’s inspirhe’s a mentor and someone that ing. At the end of the day, I’m will always be in my life.” learning, and I would like to For Cardoza, facing two of boost up my IQ while I’m playher coaching idols adds more ing the game. It’s something to significance to games against be grateful about.” new conference foes Rutgers With Brown, Robinson and and UConn. As a head coach other young coaching hopefuls of six years, Cardoza acknowl- looking to established coaches edged that the extensive tenures for direction, Cardoza said it’s of Stringer and Auriemma serve important for her to set a posias blueprints to her coaching tive example for future coaches, success. providing them with the tools Junior guard Rateska Brown shoots during the Owls’ recent home loss against Rutgers. | ANDREW THAYER TTN “I understand what I’m up to succeed as Auriemma and Brien Edwards can be reached knowing that that’s a path that erything that they can to make someone wants to do the same against,” Cardoza said. “I know Stringer provided her. at firstname.lastname@example.org that they’ve been in the game “We’re here to be role mod- they want, making sure we build sure that’s accomplished. You thing that you’re doing, hoping or on Twitter @BErick1123. for a very long time, and I learn els to them and we want to be them to be that and give them always want to be that role mod- you have that positive impact.” from them. They’re people that able to help,” Cardoza said. “So, every avenue, and any and ev- el, especially when you know
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Freshman Josh Brown (middle) and senior Dalton Pepper sprint toward a loose ball during the team’s most recent home loss to Cincinnati. | HUA ZONG TTN
‘Coming-of-age’ season brings struggle With its latest loss, the team is in the midst of the program’s longest losing streak in nearly 40 years. EVAN CROSS Assistant Sports Editor When Cincinnati junior forward Jermaine Sanders hit two free throws with 12:31 to go in the second half on Sunday, it gave his team a 59-40 lead over Temple. It looked like the Owls were on their way to one of the worst losses of the season. From there, Temple finished the game outscoring
No. 15 Cincinnati 36-21. The Owls lost the game 8076, but it was a single-digit loss to a ranked team. It also followed a different formula than most of the team’s losses this season: many of them involved Temple keeping the game close but fading away at some point in the second half. However, coach Fran Dunphy said the team was disappointed in the loss. Redshirt-senior guard Dalton Pepper said he wasn’t happy after the game despite having scored a career-high 33 points. “We have 12 games left, and 12 really tough games,” Dunphy said. “The next test is coming Wednesday night against a good Rutgers team, and we need to do the best that we can.” The team came into the season with 10 eligible
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Against two legendary coaches, Cardoza and players inspired
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Jean Alban took a maternity leave during her sophomore season.
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STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News At first, fifth-year senior gymnast Jean Alban didn’t know how to tell people that she was a mother. “It was tough, just expressing myself to people as a studentathlete WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS with a b a b y, ” Alban said. “Even telling people was tough. But I guess I just became proud of it, and it shaped me to who I am now. It’s tough, but essentially it’s just me being who I am.” When Alban gave birth to Ariyana, her 3-year-old daughter, during her sophomore year, coach Aaron Murphy said he was astounded by Alban’s determination to make a return to the sport. “It really blew my mind that she came up to me and said, ‘I can do this. I can have this child, and I want to make a comeback to the sport,’” Murphy said. “As I talked to her
players and has lost sophomore forward Daniel Dingle to a torn meniscus. The players have claimed their losses aren’t due to the short bench and Dunphy has said multiple times that there’s nothing the team can do to immediately remedy the problem. “If it is fatigue, there’s not a lot we can do about it,” Dunphy said after the loss to La Salle. “We’re pushing ourselves as good as we can. We’re getting proper rest. We’re not going crazy at practice. [We’re] trying to do a much more mental approach than physical. It’s just one of those things.” “They’re shorthanded, got guys sitting out for next year,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “They’re going to be a problem for everyone in our league next
It was mid-July, and James Snyder had just been announced as the new distance coach of Temple’s cross country and track & field programs. The hiring secured his first full-time coaching gig after assisting with disCROSS COUNTRY tance programs at George Mason, Florida State and Appalachian State. With control over the distance program, Snyder asserted from the get-go that he was ready to build a program that could burst onto the national stage. “This is my first time coaching my own athletes,” Snyder said in a July interview with The Temple News. “The other positions I had were all in an assistant capacity. That was one of the attractions to this job. I can finally have my own group of kids that I can recruit who I want to recruit … and build my own program.” As summer gave way to fall and cross country switched into midseason gear, the Downingtown, Pa., native had the pieces in place. With the track & field program having hired three other full-time assistants that summer, he then hired a full-time assistant in Grand Valley State alumnus Aaron Watson. Snyder
Fifth-year senior Jean Alban returned to the sport after taking a year off to care for her daughter. | SASH SCHAEFFER TTN about it, and I kind of looked over the rest of the team, if it was going to happen to anyone, I’m glad it happened with her.” “She’s the one who could step up to this challenge,” Murphy added. “I think it truly defines her as a person, with her work ethic, with her time management skills. The stuff that
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she’s done, with the years of being in school and caring for her child and bringing her child up, it’s absolutely incredible.” Alban has always been a well-rounded person – Murphy said he saw it as early as her freshman year. “When she started off here
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The head coaches of Rutgers and Connecticut are not simply the opposition for Tonya Cardoza. “As a coach, we look to them and want to mimic and follow WOMEN’S BASKETBALL the footsteps and try to build our programs to be elite just like them,” Cardoza said. “They’re like mentors.” In the American Athletic Conference, members of the team are embracing the opportunity to face Rutgers and UConn due to the admiration of legendary coaches C. Vivian Stringer and Geno Auriemma, respectively. With the Owls going through their first season in The American, Temple has been assigned new conference opponents with decorated histories – none more decorated than the Scarlet Knights and the reigning national champion Huskies. The Owls played Rutgers on Jan. 25 and will host UConn on Tuesday, Jan. 28. “It’s a great experience,”
Temple coach Tonya Cardoza (center) talks to players during a huddle in a game against Rutgers.| HUA ZONG TTN freshman center Taylor Robin- a coach that she has admired son said. “As a freshman, it’s throughout her career as a playlike a dream come true, being er and a coach. “She’s like that we play the pioneer for against the best us,” Cardoza of the best, and said. “She’s a being in this Hall of Famer. conference.” She’s done it all. Stringer She’s someone has the thirdwho I think is most victories well-respected in women’s around the game. collegiate basWhen I was comketball hisTonya Cardoza / coach ing up, I wanted tory, leading to play for her. three different programs to the NCAA tourna- She’s just someone who is a ment’s Final Four in the pro- great motivator.” “Young African-American cess. Stringer is also widely regarded as a trailblazer for girls look up to her, as well as coaches,” African-American coaches in African-American Cardoza added. “We have a role college basketball. Cardoza noted Stringer as COACHES PAGE 19
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