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City targets off-campus behavior If passed as is, the new law would hold landlords liable for tenants’ actions. JOE BRANDT Assistant News Editor

Anne Ha holds a glass cup she painted. After her diagnosis in June, Ha began decorating mugs and other items with her own inspirational quotes.




Scientific research grants rise

Recent graduate Anne Ha organized a walk for stomach cancer awareness after she was diagnosed with the disease in June.


CLAIRE SASKO | Lifestyle Editor

nne Ha considers herself the ultimate foodie. “I think food is an art,” the 2009 Temple graduate said. “It’s the only form of art [where] you can use all your senses. It looks pretty. It tastes amazing. It smells amazing. You can hear the crunch. You can touch it.” This past January, Ha’s diet began to change drastically. She started experiencing heartburn, frequent stomachaches, cramps and a “gnawing” sensation in her stomach. Ha said symptoms vanished when she ate, but returned soon after. She first visited Temple University Hospital in January, where

doctors prescribed her acid reflux medicine. When in February she started experiencing digestive problems, she returned to her doctor. Immediately upon arriving at the doctor’s office, Ha fainted and was rushed to the emergency room. “They said it sounded like internal bleeding, which is weird, because that shouldn’t be happening to someone my age,” Ha said. Ha stayed in the hospital for three days. Results from an anoscopy showed she had developed three stomach ulcers and a bacte-

An overhaul of science and technology provides new funding for research. JARED WHALEN The Temple News


ties, which is set to be finalized by the end of the calendar year. “Even before [the SERC] was completed, President Theobald had a vision to meet the challenges of the new millennium,” Dai said. “[Temple’s campus] must make a transformative change to assist its development in academics.” President Theobald then took the stage, empha-

Research grants to Temple, mostly for the sciences, have increased significantly in recent years. Administrators said the grants are the result of a drive to increase the number of faculty research projects at the university. Temple recently began emphasizing research as one of its goals with external funding for advanced research having more than doubled since 2007. The College of Science and Technology, which houses the six core science departments, currently has around $50 million spread among 143 grants from state and federal governments, industry partnerships and private philanthropy. Agencies that fund science research at Temple include the National Institute of Health, NASA, the Department of Energy and several branches of the military. The majority of funding comes from the National Science Foundation. “Far and away, NSF underpins university research,” said Michael Klein, dean of CST. “We like to say



SERC opening promoted as milestone Administrators championed the new building as part of a scientific vision. NATHALIE SWANN The Temple News On Oct. 4, 1957, Soviet Russia sent into orbit a beach-ball-sized weather satellite named Sputnik I. The incident sparked the “space race” between Russia and America, as well as a national emphasis on science education amid fear of Soviet nuclear weapons. America was thought to be falling behind. Temple responded to this question of U.S. technological superiority with the construction of three science buildings: Barton and Beury halls and the Biology Life Sciences building. On Oct. 10, a week after the 57th anniversary of Sputnik’s launch, The Science Education and Research Center had its formal grand opening ceremony in its lobby. Faculty, alumni and students gathered to celebrate the growth of scientific research at Temple that administrators said is the purpose of the building.

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Member Jessica Fenton (left) and Vice President Brandon DeMauro of the Temple University Chemical Society conduct science experiments during the SERC opening on Friday.

“Half a century later today we are facing yet another Sputnik in the making,” Provost Hai-Lung Dai said in the first of a round of speeches at the meeting. “This time it is the economical competitiveness that is at stake. This new science facility will ensure the continuation of the renaissance in science that has been going on at Temple since the last decade.” Dai concluded his speech by praising Visualize Temple, the master plan for growing campus facili-

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Cancer patients escape stress

Tyler hosts third art market

Recording studio opens in Fishtown

A Fox Chase Cancer Center program offers yoga and Reiki to cancer patients looking for a spiritual experience. PAGE 3

The Tyler Art Market ran from Oct. 10-11 in the Tyler School of Art, attracting staff, students and artists alike. PAGE 7

Alex Santilli taught himself to record music and opened a studio called Spice House Sound. PAGE 9

OPINION - PAGES 4-5 Commuters need a community

City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed legislation on Thursday that would seek to address community concerns by holding Temple and landlords who oversee off-campus housing more accountable for the conduct of student tenants. The proposed bill, if passed, would incorporate the area west of Main Campus as an additional “educational housing district.” Currently, some areas near the campuses of St. Joseph’s and La Salle universities are subject to the same regulations. The bill proposes requirements for landlords, like having a supervisor for residences with student tenants. It would also mandate that landlords purchase a student housing license. Clarke told CBS3 that property owners can have their rental licenses suspended if they receive a certain level of code violations due to unruly student tenants. The proposal would also require students to notify Temple of


Athletic upgrades set in motion




staff reports | community


Temple Community Garden was previously set to move near the Temple University Regional Rail station but relocated due to inadequate soil. It now sits at the corner of Diamond and Carlisle streets.

Student garden moves to new location Temple Community Garden was moved to make way for construction projects. GRACE HOLLERAN The Temple News Temple Community Garden has existed on Main Campus since 2009, but its previous location behind nine-foot-high red walls on the corner of Broad and Norris streets heavily affected student involvement, said Katy Ament, the organization’s former president. “No one really knew we were there,” the senior environmental studies major said. This semester, TCG, a student-run organization, moved

its main vegetable garden to the corner of Carlisle and Diamond streets. It is not bound in by walls, which Ament said has helped the organization. “The new space has been beneficial in getting new members,” she said. Jim Creedon, senior vice president for construction, facilities and operations, said the garden moved due to last summer’s demolition projects surrounding Broad and Norris streets. He said more demolition is planned for the future. “We plan to begin to demolish the Triangle Apartment Building over the next few months,” he said. “We want to open up the space at the corner and make it more accessible to the student community.” Creedon said the new lo-

cation became available when MAB Paints was demolished last year. In April, TCG planned to move the vegetable garden near the SEPTA regional rail station at Broad and Berks streets. However, Ament said the raised ground TCG planned on utilizing needed more work than the group had anticipated. “We would have had to do more environmental remediation than we would have expected,” she said. Creedon agreed. “Growing vegetables for consumption on the land may have had some risk,” he said. Ament said the group has been settling in well to its new location, citing its safety and its visibility. Currently, the garden has 10 completed raised beds

and is housing cool-weather crops. Last weekend, TCG installed 16 additional beds, which will soon be filled with crops. Ament said raised beds are a way to grow crops in soil that is guaranteed to be clean. The method of gardening involves enclosing soil in a frame, so planted crops are higher than ground level. “It’s been a luxury,” Ament said. TCG’s flower garden already had a spot directly south of the vegetable garden’s new location. Ament said having adjacent gardens has been convenient for the group, which aims to teach students how to garden and reach out to the community. Because the new location

has resulted in increased interest in the garden, the group has been able to continue its service projects, including its consistent involvement with Project HOME, a Philadelphia-based program designed to provide residency and empowerment to the homeless, according to its website. TCG works with residents of Kairos House, a permanent supportive housing residence located at Broad and Jefferson streets. The residents meet roughly twice a month to learn how to garden. Ament said the garden is a good source of stability for those who may not have stable incomes – regardless of their living situations, members of Project HOME can rely on the plants they cultivate.

Now that it is relocated, TCG plans to add some flowers to its vegetable garden to promote the spread of pollinator insects, Ament said. She added that the garden aims to be more accessible to students. “[We’re] making it more of a place where you can hang out,” she said. Abandoning the red walls is integral to this, she added. Further plans for the garden include adding benches for students to utilize and hosting movie screenings in the newer, more open space. TCG holds an open garden hour at 3 p.m. on Fridays. * holleran@temple.edu T @coupsdegrace

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College of Health Professions and Social Work faces transition The school would be renamed the College of Public Health. BOB STEWART The Temple News The Academic Affairs committee of the Board of Trustees approved a proposal to reorganize and change the name of the College of Health Professions and Social Work in an Oct. 6 meeting. If approved by the full board later today, the new name would be the College of Public Health. Reorganizing CHPSW would establish three new departments and eliminate two existing ones. The College of Public Health would house the School of Social Work. The Council on Education

for Public Health, the accrediting organization for public health programs and schools, lists Temple as an accredited public health program since a Master’s degree is offered. Enacting the proposed change would mean Temple could have a school of its own. Locally, only Drexel University has a dedicated, accredited public health school. The University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University only have accredited programs, but do not have full-fledged schools. CHPSW officials cited the University of Florida and University of Maryland, which have fully accredited schools, as examples for their plan. Indiana University Bloomington is making a similar transition to Temple’s, according to the CEPH website. Indiana-Bloomington is two years ahead of Temple in

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the process, having applied for the accreditation in 2012. Officials there gave an overview of the transition. “Overcoming inertia was probably the biggest challenge,” said Dr. Kathleen Gilbert, executive associate dean of the School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington. “Some people are just hesitant to change.” “We created three new degrees and [at one point] we had people scattered around,” Gilbert said. “We need to plug [some programs] into departments that weren’t a perfect [temporary] fit.” Temple may have similar issues in eliminating old departments and creating new ones. “Moving to [any new model] is certainly an issue of concern,” said Jennifer Ibrahim, associate dean for Academic Affairs of CHPSW. “But public

health needs an interdisciplinary approach.” One person with concerns at the committee meeting was Larry Kaiser, dean of the School of Medicine, who questioned how so many programs can come under one umbrella. He cited a list of programs the new school would cover including nursing, physical training, kinesiology, audiology, speech pathology and social work. “The largest group I know is kinesiology students,” Kaiser said. “How is that public health?” Laura Siminoff, dean of CHPSW, answered Kaiser at the meeting. “They are ... an integral part of our college and ... will benefit tremendously by coming under the College of Public Health,” Siminoff said. Gilbert agreed with Siminoff, saying transitioning to a


public health school signifies a new approach. “Physical conditioning is important to public health,” Gilbert said. “We have to look at it holistically. Our motto is ‘public health reimagined.’” The move also opens up additional funding for the school. The University of Pittsburgh, whose graduate school is accredited, received $3.4 million in federal money that Temple was not eligible for, Ibrahim said. “We left about $5 million ... on the table, because those are grants only available to accredited colleges of public health,” Siminoff said to the trustees committee. CHPSW is currently third in enrollment at Temple, with 4,500 students, 150 faculty, and 160 staff, according to university data cited by Siminoff. Other local colleges mak-

ing moves with regard to public health education are La Salle and the University of the Sciences, both of whom applied for program status in 2013 and 2011 respectively and have since been granted extensions, according to the CEPH website. Jefferson established its School of Population Health in 2008, according to its website, but it is only accredited as a program and has not applied for school status, according to CEPH. In order to proceed, Temple must provide a preliminary selfstudy to CEPH by Sept. 2016, after which a site visit will be scheduled. If the trustees approve the change, the school expects to make an announcement on Wednesday. * robert.stewart@temple.edu




STAFF REPORTS | temple hospital

For cancer patients, an escape from stress Fox Chase Cancer Center offers yoga and Reiki to patients fighting cancer. KAYLA OATNEAL The Temple News As a Reiki master, Darrin Richman often notices a change in his cancer patients after completing their first 30-minute session. “I had one gentleman who was a prostate cancer patient,” said Richman, a development pharmacist and Reiki Master at Fox Chase Cancer Center. “He was 53, but told me he felt like he was 90. Because of therapy, all of his joints were hurting. It was aggravating to walk, but after the first 30-minute session with me, he goes, ‘I don’t understand, I have no pain.’” As the session begins, the stress and anxiety that often consumes these patients slowly disappears as the atmosphere overflows with peace and relaxation. Many leave refreshed with a newfound peace, calmness and increased resilience. Even pain caused by treatment is sometimes diminished. “I even had one elderly woman who was 80 and a lung cancer patient,” Richman said. “After the session she said, ‘I felt like I was two feet off the table floating, and I was skinny.’” Integrative care, which can in-

clude the practice of Reiki, can provide for relaxation. She also participated cancer patients with the resolve to cope in acupuncture while in remission to with their illness. Accompanied by eliminate joint pain, which was a side traditional medicine, integrative care effect of a medication that reduces the provides a holistic approach that seeks chances of breast cancer returning. to aid in healing the mind, body, and “I think the first thought for many spirit of those dealing with the daily of us was personal,” Cherry said. “I had obstacles of a cancer breast cancer seven years diagnosis. ago and I found that yoga Fox Chase has helped me tremendously implemented an opwith relaxation, with fotional, free-of-cost cus and with dealing with Integrative Care Prostress. The acupuncture gram. The program, also worked amazing for which officially began me and made the joint in 2012, offers compain go away. I’m just plimentary yoga and one of a group of people. Reiki sessions to aid Some of them had simithe physical and emolar experiences where Carol Cherry / nurse they tried something like tional needs of cancer patients and their careyoga or Reiki.” givers. Many integrative “Integrative care is complementa- care programs promote relaxation in a ry medicine, which is added into tradi- stress-free environment. Most are fational medicine,” said Carol Cherry, a miliar with yoga, which incorporates gynecologic nurse navigator who cur- precise positioning of the body, medirently serves as chair of the Integrative tation, and breathing exercises. Studies Care Initiative. “For instance, if some- show yoga can also “improve quality one wanted to do meditation or yoga of life, reduce stress, and help relieve for stress reduction, they would not do anxiety, depression and insomnia,” it in place of traditional cancer treat- according to the National Institute of ment. It would only complement it.” Health. Cherry had firsthand experience The yoga component of the Inteduring and after her battle with can- grative Care Program offers patients cer, when she found yoga as a therapy a low-impact practice which seeks to

“I had breast

cancer seven years ago and I found that yoga helped me tremendously.

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to young scientists that your union card is getting a NSF grant. That means your peer group has decided what you’re doing is interesting and should be funded.” In Fiscal Year 2014, CST received $16.2 million in research funding from philanthropy with 77 percent of that coming from federal sources. During the last three years, federal funding increased by 6.5 percent, contributing to the nearly 13 percent rise in total science research funding. 2013 funding was nearly $1 million more than past years, and Klein said funding could increase significantly in the future. “If the people we are recruiting come out to be really good, I think we can imagine reaching $25 [million] or $30 million in a few years,” Klein said. Those recruits are part of CST’s recent overhaul of faculty. Of the roughly 120 faculty members, 65 have been hired in the last seven years. Klein and his predecessor Dai, both sought to hire young, active researchers. “We focused on hiring on three levels,” Klein said. “We’re hiring young people, we’re hiring mid-career and we’re hiring two senior people that can be mentors of [faculty in] these stages.” The change in how science research is viewed is bringing on what Klein calls “the new Temple.” “[Older faculty] have been replaced with a

mix of young bright faculty,” Klein said. “There’s nowhere in the U.S. where this has happened, where a college has just had half the people thrown out and replaced.” This drawing of a more research-based and innovative faculty – driven by the opening of the new science education and research building – is the planned framework for boosting Temple’s scientific reputation. Dai compared Temple’s quality of staff to California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and UC Berkeley in regard to quality of faculty in the science departments. For Fiscal Year 2013, Caltech received about $309 million in research funding, with about 65 percent of that coming from federal sources, according to the website for its Office of Research Administration. Caltech’s faculty includes 33 Nobel Prize laureates and 58 National Medal of Science Recipients. Twelve of the grants CST received this year are for more than $1 million, meaning 10 percent of that faculty are working with seven-digit research funding. Another 12 grants are worth between $600,000 and $1 million and more than 50 are worth around $500,000. Additionally, many faculty members are working with multiple grants. University-wide, Temple had more than $170 million in annual expenditures through its research enterprise in Fiscal Year 2014.

adapt to the personal needs of individual patients. “A large part of it is reducing anxiety,” said Michelle Stortz, who serves as the program’s yoga instructor. “Yoga helps them reduce their anxiety. It’s teaching them about their body on many different levels. Because it’s adaptive I’m able to help them move their bodies safely in ways that they haven’t moved in quite a while.” She received her Certification in Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness after experiencing the effect yoga has on those battling cancer. “I lost my husband to cancer,” Stortz said. “Prior to that we had a yoga practice together and I saw how much it helped him. So when he passed, I looked into special training.” Stortz specializes in an adaptive form of yoga for cancer patients, which aids the physical barriers patients often deal with during and after treatment. “We adapt to different patients’ needs and abilities,” Stortz said. “If they are dealing with a lot of fatigue, they’re going to stay in the chair a lot. If they are post-treatment and they’re getting stronger, then we’ll do more poses out of the chair. If they are dealing with a lot of stress then we’re going to do a lot more breathing and meditation.” Reiki, a form of energy healing,

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sizing that the building would help retain skilled faculty. “The work done in this building will lead to the development of new ideas, new innovations, and potential new technologies,” Theobald said. Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley also made an appearance at the grand opening to show both his and Gov. Tom Corbett’s support. “It was important for [Corbett] and I to make this financial commitment,” Cawley said in an interview. “It’s not Tom Corbett’s money. It’s not Jim Cawley’s money. It’s all of our money.This is a true investment for the future and it’s something that I think is going to reap huge benefits.” U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a former Temple trustee whose district includes parts of Main Campus, said opening the SERC “really positions Temple to be one of the major leaders in this innovation ecosystem in town.” “This puts Temple really at the cutting edge now,” Fattah said. “I think it will attract professors and students from around the world and literally around the corner.” Patrick O’Connor, chairman of Temple’s Board of Trustees, commented on the possibili-

is also offered. Reiki loosely translates from Japanese to “universal life force.” It promotes the idea that there is a universal energy that can balance out negative energy within people that may contribute to physical or mental illness. “There is a universal Chi, or energy, around us,” Richman said. “What a Reiki practitioner is taught and attuned to do is take in this universal Chi flow through their own body, ultimately through their hands, to a person they are sharing Reiki with.” “What that does is create a balance,” Richman added. “You can imagine if your body’s out of balance, then it’s harder for it to function. If we do nothing more than create a balance, that allows the body to perform the functions it needs.” There is a lack of high-quality research on Reiki as an effective complementary health approach. However, according to the NIH, it is also believed to prevent symptoms of illness from returning if the root issue is dealt with. The program is a separate and optional component of therapy which patients can enroll in the Stress Management program. This program includes traditional medical practices and offers psychotherapy, counseling, relaxation and medication management. * kayla.oatneal@temple.edu

ties the new building brings to Temple students. “The great building represents a quantum leap for Temple in the science and technology field,” O’Connor said in a speech. O’Connor also made a point to thank the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, namely Cawley and Corbett, for providing a significant capital grant to enable the building’s construction. “It is because of their support that Temple University now hosts one of the finest science facilities in the East Coast,” O’Connor said. Some faculty expressed excitement toward the opening. “I think Temple’s growing up,” said Dr. Eric Borguet, a chemistry professor. “I think this is the kind of building you will see in a major university. I think it’s the start of a new beginning.” Dr. S. Blair Hedges, a new biology professor at Temple, said the SERC is the main reason he left teaching at Pennsylvania State University. “Really nice facilities can catalyze good research in science,” Hedges said. “They can attract new faculty who might not otherwise come to an old building. As a consequence it’s certainly good for Temple and for science.” * nathalie.swann@temple.edu John Moritz contributed reporting.

* jared.whalen@temple.edu

Temple Research Grants Total funding

2007 2014

Total funding

$50 million Total funding in 2014. Since 2007, external funding for advanced research has more than doubled.

$1 million Twelve College of Science and Technology grants exceed $1 million each this year.

54 percent The percentage of College of Science and Technology staff that were hired in the last seven years.



Provost Hai-Lung Dai (top) said opening the SERC will help continue a national trend to increase scientific research at universities. It opened for classes Sept. 26 and hosted a ceremony Oct. 10.


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After cuts, uncertainty

Almost a year has passed Ed published in the Inquirer this since the rainy December after- past January, President Theobald noon when several student-ath- said the cuts were necessary for letes exited the Student Pavilion the university to compete with on Main Camother mid-major pus in tears, as The university’s athletic institutions. Last they dealt with department is on the rise, week, a universithe harsh real- but it faces an uphill battle. ty spokesperson ity that their said he believed teams would soon be nonexis- Theobald “probably misspoke,” tent. in reference to his classification The athletic cuts divided of the athletic department. the university community, with In an exclusive interview many questioning Athletic Di- with The Temple News, adminrector Kevin Clark’s recom- istrators identified their aspiramendation to eliminate crew, tions of becoming one of the narowing, baseball, softball, men’s tion’s elite schools in all sports. gymnastics and men’s track & Deputy Athletic Director Pat field. The Board of Trustees re- Kraft went so far as to say the versed its decision to eradicate department’s end goal is for all crew and rowing, but the others Temple teams to win national remained on the chopping block. championships. While the athletic departThere’s nothing wrong with ment’s announcement of the cuts the department forming high was poorly handled – Clark de- standards, and as the university livered the news in a two-minute aims to bring in some of the naspeech to coaches and students tion’s most sought after recruits, from the affected teams – the they need to strive for excelelimination of the sports is hav- lence. ing a positive effect on the reBut Temple remains, as maining programs. Theobald said nine months ago, Teams have received new a mid-major institution. Despite locker rooms and training facili- the positives the American Athties this fall. The soccer teams, letic Conference have brought the only programs that still com- for the university, the teams pete on Ambler Campus, will are still fighting an uphill battle move to a new facility to be when stacked against the powerbuilt on the retired site of Wil- house schools that are winning liam Penn High School. Rumors national titles. of a football stadium near Main And as these powerhouse Campus remain. teams continue to grow and gain Despite the positive signs influence in their own conferencof growth for the department, es, the slope Temple is climing questions linger on the future may only become steeper. Clark and other athletic officials envision at Temple. In an Op-

An unfair proposal

City Council President Clarke is not focusing on Darrell Clarke, who presides the root of the problem but over much of Temple, proposed rather outside factors. Instead, legislation last week to handle any student who commits an acunruly stution mentioned dents who live Don’t blame landlords for above should rowdy students. off campus. be arrested or The bill, fined like any which is a result of continu- other resident of the city. Speing complaints from the North cial treatment should not be Philadelphia neighbors, would awarded for them while scoldclaim the surrounding area as an ing others. “educational housing district.” A landlord potentially losThis means that the legislation ing his or her rental license for would impart partial responsi- the actions of his or her tenants bility on students’ landlords and is not a viable solution. He or parents for unacceptable behav- she does not have any control ior including public drunken- over who decides to rent propness and related issues. erty, Philadelphia law do not alIf a house is cited three low landlords to discriminate or times or more for unruly behav- deny potential tenants housing. ior, the landlord of the property A landlord could get stuck could lose his or her rental li- with a rowdy partier or tenacense. cious studier. The only way But, it is not a landlord’s a landlord could take action nor a parent’s responsibility to against a tenant would be if he babysit a student – a legal adult or she stopped paying rent. He – once he or she makes the deci- or she does not have influence sion to live off campus. over a student’s behavior. If a student displays unacClarke should treat college ceptable behavior – be it ha- students like the adults that they rassment, public drunkenness, are, and if there continues to disorderly conduct or the like be disruption around Temple, – blame should not be placed on blame should not be placed on any other party except for the those who have little to no conone that committed the action. trol over the situation.


On Oct. 7, a photo caption incorrectly stated that “marijuana is steadily being legalized in cities across the country, including in Philadelphia.” Marijuana is not legal in Philadelphia, but rather was decriminalized on Oct. 1. The Temple News strives to be a newspaper of record by printing factually correct and balanced articles. Accuracy is our business, so when a mistake is made, we’ll correct it as soon as possible. Anyone with inquiries about content in this newspaper can contact Editor-in-Chief Avery Maehrer at editor@temple-news.com or 215.204.6737.


Oct. 1, 1973: The Temple News’ former magazine, called Monday, featured a gay student known as Tommi on its cover. Tommi said he dreamed of a Main Campus where gay students could feel safe. Today, several Main Campus organizations are dedicated to exactly this cause – and many of them hosted activities for National Coming Out Week from Oct. 13-17.


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Commentary | environment

A different approach to climate change

Greener living alone will not end global warming.


nvironmentalism can’t be just about the environment, not if we want to truly save the only place the human race has to live. On Sept. 21, I went to the People’s Climate March in New York City, which Huffington Post reported was attended by more than 400,000 people – making it the global environmental movement’s biggest march to date. SARAH GISKIN It was exciting to see so many people passionate about reversing the impending global environmental crises and committed to being a part of that process. Talking to people from all over the world, who I met at the march, I heard one false belief over and over – that individuals making personal lifestyle changes could be the way out of global warming. People voiced this belief with a variety of arguments, whether advocating for the use of green cars like the Prius, dedication to recycling, or for a vegan diet. Gillian Mead, an undeclared freshman at Tyler who also attended the People’s Climate March, encountered a similar sentiment. “The environmental movement needs to look toward issues beyond individual initiative to ‘go green,’” she said. “Sustainability isn’t a personal issue, it’s a systemic one.” However, responding to the crisis as if it were a personal issue remains common. One controversial 2007 article by Chris Demorro, published on the Central Connecticut State University Recorder Online, sparked debate among environmentalists everywhere. Demorro argued that the Prius, hailed as one of the most eco-friendly cars around, is actually more harmful to the planet than the Hummer. Demorro said the nickel necessary for

the car’s battery is mined and smelted at a plant in Ontario, and then “shipped via massive container ship to the largest nickel refinery in Europe,” then “hops over to China to produce ‘nickel foam.’” After that it is sent to Japan, and finally back to the US. Large amounts of fossil fuels are burned by the boats, planes, trains and trucks required to ship this one material around the world for every Prius built. So, he argued, the Prius is bad for the environment before it even hits the road. Even recycling, despite what we are led to believe, is an incredibly inefficient system. For instance, glass is ground into an indiscriminate mix called cullet, which Michael Munger, a writer for the online periodical Cato Unbound said “just isn’t very valuable.” This is partially because it cannot be sorted back into the various types that it came from, so many manufacturers do not want to use it in their products. Munger said few companies want cullet, so the vast majority of glass products end up in landfills anyway, even after being processed at recycling plants. Recycling plastic can be even more complicated and inefficient. When it comes to veganism, I won’t deny that it can reduce one’s personal impact, because the factory farming industry is a massive contributor to carbon emissions and other types of environmental degradation. But one person’s carbon footprint is miniscule in the grand scheme of the issue, and is unequivocally not the problem. More importantly, it is impossible for every person to go vegan. Eating a strictly vegan diet requires a certain amount of access, time and money that many Americans, and definitely many Philadelphians, frankly do not have. But even if every person possible went vegan, drove a Prius and recycled,

the environment would not yet be saved – not even close. This is because some of the biggest contributors to climate change and pollution are big businesses and the American Military, according to Truthout. Changing my personal lifestyle will not eliminate the impact of these entities. In fact, the emergence of “green” products on the market like Prius is evidence of Big Business’ ability to adapt to people’s genuine desire to save the environment – and find a way to profit off it. I am glad that so many people care about preserving the planet we live on and are willing to make personal sacrifices to do so. But if we want to realistically achieve this goal in our lifetimes, and it may be critical that we do, we are going to have to be ambitious. Mead said there should be “a systematic change that tackles corporations’ and the government’s role in this.” “There needs to be a large scale movement not to just get governments to pass regulations to cut down their carbon emissions and to end harmful activities like fracking and [oil] pipelines across the world ... but to change [to] a system that values the sustainability of humanity and the entire earth over profit,” she said. In a society where corporations literally degrade the habitat the human race relies on to the point where it becomes unlivable, just to make a profit, it is hard to imagine an economic and social system that prevents this; one in which the safety, health, and quality of human lives and cultures take precedent. Like Mead, I not only believe that this change is possible, but necessary.

“Even if every person

possible went vegan, drove a Prius and recycled, the environment would not yet be saved – not even close.

* sarah.giskin@temple.edu T @SarahBGisky




Commentary | community

‘Temple Town’ nickname disrespects community The name is a disservice to North Philadelphia.


he first time I heard of Temple Town, it was because of a selfie. Apple’s location feature told my friends and me that the photo we took was in Temple Town – what I did not know at the time is that the neighborhood’s nickname is covering up another community. The neighborhood, which is bound by Broad Street to the east, 24th Street to the west, Susquehanna Avenue to the north and Girard Avenue to the south, is known to many as the Cecil B. Moore Community. Many residents of the area are opposed to the Temple Town VINCE BELLINO name, and with good reason. The name reduces the community to one that is concerned only with the students, rather than the residents who will be there four years later. The Temple Town name may appear positive when comparing it to names of areas such as University City, which is described on its website as “the region’s leader in education, science, and innovation, with world-class universities and medical institutions.” Some students in University City don’t see the name as significant. “[The name University City is] just kind of there,” said Nick Manna, a third-year civil engineering major at Drexel University. Manna said he more frequently hears the area referred to as simply “West Philly.” Although the concept appears similar, the implications of Temple Town are more severe than those of University City. Instead of becoming a mosaic of the Cecil B. Moore community’s diversity, Temple Town became a bad cover-up focusing entirely on Temple University. University City was not put in place on top of another name. “West Philly” is not the name of a person and is not the same as covering Cecil B. Moore’s contributions. Cecil B. Moore was a Temple alumnus, attorney and civil rights advocate who helped many African Americans who were not able to advance their positions themselves. If University City is a moniker used to describe a thriving area, then the Cecil B. Moore community should be equally representative of knowledge, ideas and culture. The name “Temple Town” was removed recently after residents complained to Google through a petition, although a spokesperson for Google told the Inquirer it was not responsible for the name. One of the complaints that residents voice is that realtors and developers ignore what the community needs in order to make a profit. “Not once … has a developer asked what is best for the community,” said Christine Brown, a resident of the community who is in charge of Beech Community Services. Brown said there is no possibility of a sustainable community if new student housing is

Although Temple Town is no longer listed in Apple’s location feature, the name still shows up within its map application.

built constantly without adding other family-oriented resources to the community. It is unclear exactly who or which organizations began to use the Temple Town nickname. Peter J. Liacouras, a former president of the university, used the term to refer to on-campus businesses but never intended for Temple Town to become a term used to overshadow the Cecil B. Moore Community, according to Philly.com. Temple has denied any involvement with the name appearing on Google Maps It even supported the name’s removal. “It’s a good thing that they are taking it [Temple Town] down,” said James Hilty, a professor emeritus of history in a Philly.com interview. Hilty said it was never the university’s intention for Temple Town to cover up the existing community. But even if Temple never intended to

have the name spread, it remains pervasive. Real estate companies use the name to make their apartments more appealing to Temple students, Brown said. Realtors like Temple Town Realty advertise themselves as “a leading provider of off-campus student housing in the Temple University area.” When the services that students use in order to rent their off-campus housing associates the nearby community with Temple Town, it is only natural that students begin to make these associations. As a result, some students do not see much harm in the name. “I really don’t think it could make the community any worse,” said Ryan Rosenberger, a sophomore computer science major. The harm stems from pushing aside a community that holds a vibrant history. Dismissing the contributions that Cecil B. Moore made to the

“Instead of becoming a mosaic of

the Cecil B. Moore community’s diversity, Temple Town became a bad cover-up focusing entirely on Temple University.


community of Philadelphia in order to profit off of a college that has not been around as long as Moore’s legacy is shortsighted and disrespectful. Removing the Temple Town nickname is a strong first step in recognizing the importance of the Cecil B. Moore community, but it will not solve all of its problems overnight. Brown said the community will continue to raise awareness and seek change with developers. “All the residents are asking for is respect and inclusion,” Brown said in an interview with The Temple News. Brown said she hopes the next step will involve the Philadelphia City Council naming the community officially after Moore and that Google will acknowledge the community’s name. Instead of paying homage to an important Philadelphia civil rights leader and respecting a community that has long existed, the name focuses on real estate agencies and residents who will not be community members in a few years. Heralding the area surrounding Temple as Temple Town devalues the community. * vince.bellino@temple.edu T @VinceTNF

Commentary | student affairs

Commuters need a more supportive Main Campus As the number of residential students increases, administration should keep commuters in mind.


get to the see the city every morning. The skyscrapers always seem to be shining – whether it’s 6:30 in the morning or 9:30 at night. I like to think that it’s a nice addition to an otherwise mundane 40-minute train ride to school. Beside the view, my commute does not have many benefits, especially when it comes to participating in organizations. Some students’ commute time makes them less inclined to join activities on Main Campus. When I’m at a club meeting or fencing practice, other students give me a perplexed “What?” face when they find out that I commute – particularly when meetings are later at night. These realizations mostly resonated with me ROMSIN MCQUADE last semester, in April, when I covered the low voter turnout in the student elections. Temple Student Government representatives said at the time the crux of the low turnout was attributed to a miniscule number of students being engaged in campus life, and I remember thinking that, for commuters, this lack of involvement is not an isolated incident. After all, many of those students who did not engage in campus life were undergraduate commuters, who have gone from constituting a large segment of the university’s population to about the same number as undergraduate residents. With the recent openings of Morgan Hall and The View at Montgomery, the university seems to be heading toward a residentdriven campus – which seems quite antithetical to the school’s raison d’être, or mission statement. In its inception, Temple catered to students who attended night classes and were commuters. The university’s founder, Rus-

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sell Conwell, first taught students who could only attend classes at night, and soon after, this method prospered. But today, a great deal of students live on or around Main Campus – about 50 percent, according to the university’s 2013 sustainability report The university is drawing more students from around the country and the world. With this shift in the student body’s demographic, many commuters feel left out of student affairs. A glaring example is from the university’s Welcome Week and Temple Fest, where students descend upon Liacouras Walk in an effort to sign up for email lists for organizations. “Of course it’ll work!” various representatives say, almost ensuring that commuters can seamlessly participate in activities and contribute to campus life. For many students, though, it’s not always that easy. Students can feel discouraged from joining campus organizations and participate in the campus lifestyle that once provided an appropriate environment for commuters and residents alike. “There are days when I am done all my classes around [noon], so then I find myself staying on campus for five hours just so I can attend a meeting,” said Diana Martirosyan, a sophomore biology major. Martirosyan said living 35 minutes away from Main Campus makes it inconvenient to attend meetings during evenings or weekends. “I think it would be much easier to be involved if I lived on campus, but commuting was mostly a financial decision for me,” she said. In many students’ cases, the decision to commute is primarily due to financial reasons, and that should not be a reason for exclusion from organization or activities. Some students think despite the current circumstances, there are viable solutions to more active commuter participation on cam-

pus – and it starts with connecting the two rather separated groups. Omar Harris, a sophomore who studies in the College of Science and Technology, said having events welcome to all students would help to achieve this. “Planning more events to unite commuters and students in dorms would be a good first step,” he said. Another way the university could remedy the resident-commuter disconnect would be to provide a locker room located in a fairly central point of Main Campus, where students could drop off their belongings. Currently, students can rent coin-operated lockers in the Student Center daily. However, students must clear all items in the lockers by the end of the day, an inconvenience for commuters who regularly need the space. The IBC offers lockers for the entire semester, but again, this system doesn’t seem to be geared toward commuters – the lockers are located in a gym locker room, so it seems their intention is for athletes. With a quick Google search, various college websites appear that have some sort of office or department for commuting, and Temple is not one of them. It’s odd that, even with around half of students commuting, there is no resource center to cater to this segment of the university. Additionally, Temple could facilitate the creation of spaces where commuters can spend some time in order to be able to participate in activities later on in the day. Some colleges, like Rowan University, even have commuter-specific meal plans that can be used for one meal daily. It seems that the university’s focus is changing, and residential life is at the forefront. But the university should do its best to ensure that commuters play a role in this transition.

“With this shift in the

student body’s demographic, many commuters feel left out of student affairs.


* romsin.mcquade@temple.edu






STAFF REPORTS | student government

The number of students majoring in education has been falling out of favor nationally since 2012, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education that was cited by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Both undergraduates and graduates majoring in education stayed roughly consistent from 2004 until 2012. However, undergraduates majoring in education dropped by nearly 11 percent and graduates dropped by more than 12 percent in the last two years. Similarly, Temple’s College of Education saw a nearly 17 percent drop in undergraduate enrollment between 2011 and 2012 and did not return to the 2011 numbers last year, according to the university’s student profile report. –Marcus McCarthy


Numerous universities under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights had a rise in sexual assaults reported in 2013, according to annual reports released earlier this month. As required by the federal Clery Act, higher education institutions released their annual reports on Oct. 1 stating crimes that were reported during the past year. In May, the Office for Civil Rights reported that 55 universities, including Temple, were under investigation for possible violations in handling sexual assault cases. Occidental College in Los Angeles, which is one of the institutions under investigation, saw a dramatic jump in reported sexual assaults with 12 in 2011, 11 in 2012 and 64 in 2013. However, the university wrote in a statement that more than half of the incidents reported in 2013 “involved conduct that occurred prior to 2013.” Other universities under investigation like the University of Connecticut and Harvard University reported an increased number of rape and forcible fondling in this year’s report. UConn had an increase of 17 reported cases between 2013 and 2011 and Harvard had 14 more reported cases since two years earlier. Temple, which was confirmed earlier this month to still be under investigation, reported three sexual assaults in 2011, one in 2012 and six in 2013. On Oct. 3, President Theobald announced a committee to address sexual misconduct at Temple. The committee is scheduled to submit its findings to Theobald by the beginning of next year. During the weekend, one case of sexual assault was reported in 1300 Residence Hall. As of Monday night, no arrests have been made. –Marcus McCarthy



During the homecoming weekend, 28 alcohol-related citations were distributed, however only eight of them were given to Temple students, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charlie Leone said. “We seem to get an average of 45 to 50 percent of those intoxicated to be not from Temple,” Leone said in an email. “Last year we were about 35 percent, so the numbers have been increasing.” Prior to the start of the weekend’s festivities, President Theobald and Student Body President Ray Smeriglio sent an email to the Temple community urging them to behave, especially in the areas that are west of Main Campus where the university has seen behavior described as “concerning.” Temple Police’s patrol boundaries have recently expanded to encompass a larger amount of the off-campus areas. The area added to the patrol zone is nearly 25 square blocks. According to the email, not including this weekend’s statistics, 100 alcohol-related citations have been issued to students this semester. An additional 62 have been issued to those who do not attend the university. In addition to the alcohol-related citations, during the weekend 13 people were hospitalized due to alcohol-related causes. Eight of those transports were students. –Cindy Stansbury


Temple Student Government held its weekly meeting at 4 p.m. yesterday in the Student Center, where leaders discussed a range of initiatives focusing on community service and diversity. TSG leaders highlighted upcoming events for the 2nd Annual Global Day of Service, where Temple students and alumni can collectively participate in community service on the same day. One notable event is Temple’s Adopt-a-Block initiative,where TSG members assist each month in cleaning the neighborhood around Temple. Participants also help create a relationship with the residents. “It’s a way to show the neighborhood that [Temple students] care about the community,” said Aaliyah-Quani Ahmad, director of local community affairs. The TUnity Statement, a TSG-drafted statement on diversity that will be added to the Student Conduct Code, will be released on Oct. 28 at the Student Center, TSG members said. Temple is seeking a partnership with Back on My Feet, a nonprofit organization that empowers those experiencing homelessness through running. A Back on My Feet track meet is on Oct. 16 and Temple students are encouraged to get involved by contacting Blair Alston, vice president of services. The student organizations of the week are the Queer Student Union and Queer People of Color, which are both heavily involved in this week’s National Coming Out Week. Their upcoming events are posted to their Facebook pages. –Lian Parsons


TSG officials announced at Monday’s General Assembly meeting that the TUnity statement will be finalized on Oct. 28.

TSG to address diversity Student leaders seek to create a statement and diversity center. LIAN PARSONS The Temple News Temple Student Government is drafting a unity statement with plans to release a final draft at the end of the month. The TUnity Statement, written by Jalen Blot, TSG’s director of campus life and diversity, aims to foster collaboration between students and tolerance of differences. TSG administrators said the TUnity Statement will be amended into the Student Code of Conduct, be required for campus organizations to honor, included in class syllabi and will also be introduced during orientation for new students. Blot said the first step in drafting the TUnity Statement involved contacting organizations on Main Campus. TSG held two roundtable dinners to pre-screen the concept and discuss what needed to be addressed in the statement. “Having the opportunity to speak to different organizations and be educated about what needs to be acknowledged was very beneficial,” Blot said. Once the TUnity Statement was drafted, it was posted to TSG’s website and sent to organizations like the Black Student Union, Asian Students Association, Queer People of Color and Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos. This feedback period was Continued from page 1


their off-campus addresses and indicate whether a vehicle is kept there. Temple would need to be notified if students received parking tickets or citations for code violations like excessive noise, destruction of property and public alcohol consumption. “[Clarke] knows that the vast majority of Temple students who live off campus and their landlords are good neighbors,” Clarke’s Director of Communications Jane Roh said in an email. But Roh added that Clarke “could not ignore the very real concerns that the community has about the safety and maintenance of student housing as well as instances of disrespectful behavior by both students and landlords.” Clarke proposed a similar bill in 2004, but it lapsed in a committee session in May of that year. He has previously proposed bills to limit off-campus student housing altogether, and successfully banned student housing from parts of Yorktown

for students and organizations to give constructive criticism and assist in the editing process. “The initial draft was very passive because I didn’t know what the students wanted, so we made it in a more active voice,” Blot said. TSG also sent the statement to administration and faculty. “President Theobald was so supportive,” Student Body President Ray Smeriglio said. “He loved the language [of the statement].” Another initiative in tandem with the TUnity Statement is a new IDEAL Center, which will be located on 2026 North Broad Street, said Rhonda Brown, the university’s associ-

ate vice president of the office of institutional diversity, equality, advocacy, and leadership. It will be a space open to all students where they will be encouraged to ask questions, seek support and have conversations about diversity. The new IDEAL center will be called “The Burrow” and is spearheaded by Brown. The TUnity Statement will be posted in the center. “When they enter the space, students agree to embody these principles,” Brown said. “They will hold each other to these standards.” The director of students’ engagement will be a new position at “The Burrow” to sup-

port students who are seeking administrative assistance. “Often students didn’t know where to go or who to talk to,” Brown said. “This position will be the face of diverse students on campus.” The new facility will be designed to function like a living space, with a kitchen, a living room and a back yard. It will be available to all students. “This is a necessary step in setting some guidelines that will inform our programming, will inform our actions and will inform our steps forward as a university,” Smeriglio said. * lian.parsons@temple.edu T @Lian_Parsons

Students at Monday’s General Assembly meeting listen to TSG officials.

in 2005. Some properties were ment. grandfathered into the 2005 bill, Pizzola said there should be but the area remains mostly free harsher punishments, especially of Temple students. for what he calls “egregious beNick Pizzola, a North Phil- havior”: namely verbal abuse of adelphia native community resiand property dence and violent owner who has acts. been rent“Stricter ening to Temple forcement would students for have an impact,” the past eight he said, later addyears, said ing, “for verbally landlords have abusing neighfundamental bors, commudifficulties in nity service [as a dealing with punishment] isn’t unruly student Nick Pizzola / North Philadelphia enough.” landlord behavior. Pizzola said “How do I most neighbors take responsibility for student are “willing to allow some behavior?” Pizzola asked. “My of this behavior, as long as only control over it is to evict it doesn’t spill out into the them.” streets.” Pizzola said he hasn’t had In past years, Homecomto deal with severe disciplinary ing weekend has been marked issues with his residents, but by increased arrests relating to added that he never heard of a noise and alcohol consumption. case around the area where a President Theobald and student was suspended or ex- Student Body President Ray pelled. He said those punish- Smeriglio sent a letter to the ments should be enacted more Temple community on Oct. often for off-campus recalci- 8, which warned that students trance, since most disciplined would be held accountable for students he knew of received the Student Conduct Code and community service as punish- that Temple Police would con-

“How do I take

responsibility for student behavior? My only control over it is to evict them.


tinue enforcement of alcohol citations. “To be clear: The Student Conduct Code is not limited to conduct within the formal boundaries of our campuses,” the letter read. “Students are – and will continue to be – held accountable for their actions off campus.” Brandon Lausch, a university spokesman, said Friday that Temple has been working with Clarke’s office to address concerns displayed in the bill. “We expect our students to conduct themselves in a respectable manner and to respect North Philadelphia,” Lausch said. Roh said if the proposal is scheduled for a committee hearing, anyone with concerns about the bill “will have an opportunity to testify on both whether this proposal should move forward and how it should be implemented if it does move forward.” * jbrandt@temple.edu ( 215.204.1020 T @JBrandt_TU





Sophomore legal studies major Sam Schwartz secured a lead role in the Queer Student Union’s production of Rocky Horror Picture Show. PAGE 8

2009 Temple graduate Anne Ha reflects on her journey since she was diagnosed with stomach cancer in June. PAGE 1




The South Asian Student Society is holding its annual Navratri Garba on Oct. 17. PAGE 14 PAGE 7

Professor holds lecture series A series of noonhour talks concluded with a discussion of the impact of graffiti. ALEXA ZIZZI The Temple News

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Ola Piatkowska, (left) Krista Filchner and Chris Setty, seniors at Tyler. sell their photography as regular prints or fabric prints.

Market showcases artwork Students, faculty and alumni admire artwork hosted in a Tyler Art market Oct. 10-11.


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he first floor of the Tyler School of Art was transformed into a lively market late Friday morning as the Art Market at Tyler opened its doors for the weekend. More than 45 artists were selected to be featured in the third annual Art Market. Featured artists included Tyler alumni, as well as artists from other universities in the Philadelphia area. Visitors had the opportunity to purchase art, attend workshops, discussions and tour the updated facilities. Vendors featured glasswork, ceramics, photography, and paintings, among other media. The Art Market was conceived by the Tyler Alumni Association Board as a proposal to receive a start-up grant from the university. “The university generously provides start-up grants to alumni associations of all the schools,” said Louis Cook vice

president of the Tyler Alumni Association Board. “They’ll put money aside and out of all the proposals that come from all the school’s alumni associations, they’ll pick a few and give funding thats meant to seed programs and events that will be ongoing, just like Art Market.” Cook said the board took inspiration from a smaller event held at the previous Tyler School of Art campus in Elkins Park. “At the old campus, we had an event that was much smaller, a holiday craft fair,” Cook said. “It was very popular, but it was mostly a students and neighbors event. In one of our regular alumni meetings we were like, ‘How can we win this money, and how can we make this event bigger?’ We added a lot to that original concept.” The planning process started with dozens of applicants each vying for a spot in the market. “We invited outside artists and students from other schools to participate,” Cook said. “We tried to collaborate with some other external partners from the beginning. The individual artists from the show are chosen from a larger pool of applicants by artists Megan Brewster and Erin Waxman. It has gotten better every year.” For some students, a chance to sell

their work at the art market meant more opportunities to attend other art-related events in the future. “The students [of the Fibers & Material Studies Department Guild] do all sorts of cool processes, and they are trying to save up money to go to Montreal for an art fair up there,” said Loo Bain, a studio technician in the fibers & material studies department. “We did all sorts of different dying processes, and we are pooling our resources [to make] knit goods and jewelry.” Members of the fibers & material studies department program worked together to create many of the pieces on display Friday. “We all worked collaboratively on Friday mornings,” said Emma Burzycki, a junior studying Fibers. “We would dye fabric, specifically the infinity scarves that are fleece. The leggings, tote bags, and Tshirts were a collaborative, group activity.” For alumni participating in the Art Market, returning to Temple meant inspiring current students who attended Friday’s event. “Seeing the student work at the Art Market was motivating,” said Billy Mur-


For Alexa Firat, graffiti is more than what meets the eye. While some consider it art and others consider it vandalism, Firat believes graffiti is the language of cultures across the world. As an assistant professor in the department of Asian and Middle Eastern languages and studies, Firat presented the final event in the series of noon-hour talks hosted by the department. She connected the role of graffiti and street art with the public discourse in the Arab uprisings since 2011. Firat’s presentation, “Graffiti and the Current Arab Uprisings: Street Talk or Talk of the Street?” took place at noon on Oct. 8 in Anderson Hall. It presented images of artwork highlighting what she called a language expressed through art in the Arab-speaking world. “People are using public space basically to have a discussion with themselves, their fellow demonstrators and with the new or old regimes,” Firat said. In the presentation, images of graffiti and public displays of street art in Arabic-speaking countries were shown along with a discussion of how the artist’s work expressed a certain communication in the community’s upheavals. Firat said she chose the topic to recognize graffiti as a language expressing ideas to a community rather than what many people view as secret communication intended to be hidden. “Rather than people thinking it’s a type of slang, or some-

thing cryptic like gang talk or a private conversation, it’s not – it’s a very public conversation,” Firat said. “It’s the talk of the street. It’s what the street is saying and actually talking about.” She discussed the history of what is known as the “Arab Spring” and the way graffiti artists are average people fighting for a chance to express beliefs to the community. “I wanted to talk about the uprisings and revolutions in these regions in terms of artistic expressions that have been so visually rich,” Firat said. “They have been created by everyday people and not necessarily by anyone official. This discourse has been made by people who have risked their lives, livelihoods and put their time and bodies out into the public to talk to their governments and to each other. This public conversation has been happening on the walls and streets where people have been coming together for these revolutions.” Images of street artists and their work from Arab-speaking countries like Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt and others were showcased at the lecture, along with a brief video specifically about graffiti in Syria and how some people are using it to respond to ISIS. Arabic instructor Nesrine Chahine, who began teaching at Temple this year, said Firat’s presentation was a great way to expand classroom discussions and touch on aspects that are not usually covered in class. “I think it’s great, because it gives students a chance to think about the language in a very real context,” Chahine said. “Often we don’t have time for those conversations in class, because we’re so focused on acquiring the blocks of the language that all these huge cultural and political issues get swept to the side. I think it’s really important


Analytics competition puts student design to the test The Analytics Challenge will unite students with some of the largest corporations in the country. ALEXA BRICKER Assistant Lifestyle Editor Kaylin Espinosa was disappointed when none of her fellow journalism majors received so much as an honorable mention in Temple’s 2013 Analytics Challenge. This year she is hoping to change that. “I found that a little odd,” Espinosa said. “A lot of [journalism] classes are research and we do have to learn some type of design.” The challenge began last year as an offshoot of a big data conference held by the Fox School’s Institute for Business Systems and Technology. Now in its second installment, the challenge has picked up sponsorships from NBC Universal, Merck and Lockheed Martin, who, with the help of professors like David Schuff, have posed a series of problems for students to solve. “You don’t need an enormous amount of data analytics skill to create

an interesting entry,” Schuff, a management information systems professor and creator of the challenge, said. “You don’t necessarily need to have an analytics background, you don’t need to know how to use sophisticated software, you just have to have a willingness to go and play with the data.” One of the major points the challenge is trying to make this year is to include students with a variety of majors and skills. Last year the challenge had a total of 400 participants and 183 entries came from students in seven different schools and colleges, Schuff said. He hopes there will be an even greater variety this year. While Schuff said there is a kind of “natural intimidation” of getting started, he said the submission process is actually very flexible. Students can form groups or submit entries individually, though participants are encouraged to work together. Of the entries they receive in online submissions, Schuff said 20 students are chosen as finalists, based on the clarity, originality and insight of their design. “The world today has infinite amounts of information,” James Moustafellos, an MIS professor and collaborator for the challenge said.

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2013 Analytics Challenge judges oversaw projects presented by student contestants.

“The challenge is for somebody, out of all that information, to figure out what’s relevant. The next step is to figure out of all that relevant information,

what are the insights we can find in those things.” The challenges posed by the companies are real life scenarios that


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Student goes from Rocky Horror fan to star Sam Schwartz, a sophomore legal studies major, secured a lead role in QSU’s Rocky Horror Picture Show. EMILY SCOTT The Temple news A bubbly blonde in double denim walked toward the Bell Tower. With a gleaming smile, she stopped to say hello to a friend. A man rushed by the sorority sisters, proclaiming that there were Rocky Horror Picture Show auditions in The Underground at the Student Activities Center. With an energetic tone, he invited them to attend, she said. Although Sam Schwartz, a sophomore legal studies major, was supposed to be making her way to the TECH center to start her homework, Schwartz said she always had a love for the comedy-horror musical. About a month ago, Schwartz attended a sorority chapter meeting in the Student Activities Center and afterward she said a series of weird events began to unfold. “I’ve never been in [any show],” Schwartz said. Schwartz eventually secured a role as Janet Weiss, the female lead in the play. She said she has been to Rocky Horror shows in the past and first watched the movie when she was 12 years old. Though Schwartz was the only one who planned to audition, the rest of her sorority sisters were intrigued as well. “All they wanted to know was if we could move while singing and if we were comfortable on stage,” Schwartz said. This is the second year Temple’s Queer Student Union is holding a Rocky Horror Show. Schwartz said the organization has received a lot of allocations because of how popular the show was last year. There will be three shows and QSU is selling “pre-show packs” – the props that allow the audience to get involved, like rice, for one of the scenes.

Since Schwartz has a lead role, she said she has rehearsals twice a week for three hours at a time. “The rehearsals are fun, because we’re all super loud and boisterous,” Schwartz said. Even with Schwartz’s minimal theater experience, she said the director and stage manager have been helpful in teaching her proper theater etiquette. “She reminded me of Susan Sarandon in the beginning of the movie … and then I saw her audition and she ‘went’ there,” junior theater major and director Reanne Maskart said. For Schwartz, this highenergy show is a chance to explore talents she never thought she had. “I like to challenge myself and it’s really a challenge in the creativity department for me,” Schwartz said. Schwartz believes students will come to the show because they’ll know a lot of the people in the cast. Those new to the Rocky Horror experience, called the “virgins,” she said, will have a lot of fun. There will be three shows on Oct. 30 and 31, with three different pre-shows as well. Maskart explained that as a director, it is important for actors to be able to “bring it” on a moment’s notice. Even though Schwartz is new to the musical world, Maskart said Schwartz has proven just how fit she is for Janet through her fearlessness, especially in her willingness to be on stage in her underwear. * emily.scott@temple.edu

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Sam Schwartz practices for her upcoming role as Janet in the Queer Student Union’s second production of Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Organization honors diversity Honorables of Color unites students of minority races. LORA STRUM The Temple News Created for students of color admitted to the Temple Honors Program, the Honorables of Color organization helps students who are of an ethnic minority at Temple to identify their struggles and strengths as they maneuver their college years. HOC began in 2012 as an initiative for honors students of color looking for fellowship among other high-achieving students. HOC now works to provide not only a community of support among students, but a network of other individuals who can assist them. “I take pride in fighting stereotypes about people who look like me. It’s OK to be black and smart,” said Monique Jenkins, a senior psychology major and coordinator of the organization. “HOC shows that being a person of color and being smart [and] successful do not have to be mutually exclusive.” “We acknowledge the unique experience of a minority college student and hope to connect with peers, faculty, and staff, all while valuing the significance of surrounding yourself with a diverse group of scholars,” Jenkins added. The organization meets biweekly on Mondays in the Honors Lounge, located on the second floor of the Tuttleman Learning Center. The lounge, which Jenkins describes as a “home away from home” for honors students, has also become a haven for honors students of color, she said. The Honors Lounge acts as barrier, a protected place where the students can speak earnestly about their personal and academic experiences as a high-achieving student of color, Jenkins said. “Sometimes we’re the only student of color in our classes, so knowing we have

a community of peers like us that we can bounce ideas off of outside the classroom makes us feel comfortable speaking up in the classroom,” Bridget Amponsah, a senior psychology major and coordinator with HOC, said. Amponsah and Jenkins said honors students of color tend to isolate themselves since racial boundaries can create a feeling of differentness and stigma, she said. Temple’s student body is 60 percent white, 13 percent African American/black, 10 percent Asian and 5 percent Hispanic. Though diverse, it can be difficult for students of all races to feel connected to their university, HOP members said. “Our adviser [Musu Davis] once told us that when students feel connected to their university and feel welcome, they do better academically, and they’re happier with their college experience,” Jenkins said. “We hope that the connection people make with each other at [the HOC meetings] helps them learn from each other just as much as they learn from professors or texts.” The meetings are a forum for conversation. Once a rapport has been established, the students are free to delve into the difficulties of being a minority in academia. “It would be ideal to identify a certain race without having stigmas attached,” Jenkins said. “In America, race matters, but opportunity is not dependent upon race.” Students in the group said they have struggled with the stigmas surrounding minority success. Jenkins said that she used to feel uncomfortable in class. Other people judged her intellect based on the color of her skin, she said, as if race superseded what she could contribute to the class. “For me, because of what I look like, people sometimes make assumptions about who I am or what I am capable of intellectually,” Jenkins said. “Temple is a diverse place, and students come from lots of different backgrounds here, but sometimes it’s

challenging to be the only student of color in my classes.” HOC looks to take this challenge and change the conversation so that all students feel free to succeed academically, regardless of skin color. In addition to connecting students to upperclassmen, alumni and faculty who can help a student navigate his or her path as a high-achieving minority student, HOC also points to successful minorities in the media to show how race doesn’t always deter achievement. “We love ‘Scandal,’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is showing a lot of promise as well,” Amponsah said. “But we think that visibility is not as important as how minorities are portrayed in the media.” Anxious to see minorities in more affluent roles, HOC gathers its participants to discuss how, in addition to media portrayal, it is important to focus on viable progress when it comes to minority advancement. “America is made up of so many different kinds of people, and although sometimes we all need to be more accepting of each other, in some ways the prognosis is much better now than it was say 20 or even 10 years ago,” Jenkins said. “In others it isn’t – just pick up a newspaper.” HOC is currently planning an outing for members to see the new film “Dear White People,” as well as hosting a panel of graduate students of color in November. The organization also hopes to support minority-owned businesses in the spring and look into community outreach opportunities. As it moves forward in its endeavors, it hopes to instill a sense of belonging in all of its members. “I’m proud of my heritage – being black is part of who I am,” Jenkins said. * lora.strum@temple.edu

ing process.” The competition is open until Oct. 30. The final 20 individuthe results students find, Schuff als or groups will then present said. their project before a panel of Participants can choose judges made up of representafrom problems like reduc- tives from the sponsor corporaing employee insider threats, tions and experts in the field, the impact a change in loca- like Tony Messina, the vice tion has for a corporation and president of IT governance for “hotspots” for election spend- Campbell Soup Company and ing, all of which, Schuff said, Robert Moore, the CEO of RJare great opportunities for stu- Metrics. dents to show off Though their skills. the winners “The comare awarded panies that are with cash participating are prizes – very interested in $2,500 for what the entries one first are,” Schuff said. place winner, “We’ve had, last $1,500 for James Moustafellos / MIS two year, some of the second professor participants replace winquest to see all ners, $1,000 of the entries we for two third have because if you have 50 or place winners and $500 for hon60 entries on a topic, thats 50 orable mentions – Moustafellos or 60 different perspectives on said there is much more value what your problem is. They’re in the competition outside of looking for something that they winning. didn’t see.” “I think the primary thing Both Schuff and is a realization and understandMoustafellos agreed the chal- ing of the application of these lenge is geared toward visual tools,” Moustafellos said. “The representation of data because event itself, or the prize money, it is currently relevant and is is a one-off. It comes, it goes. something that all students, re- The other is something that you gardless of their specific career take with you forever and that interests, can do. is something I think could be Fox and Tyler professors transformative in somebody’s also hold workshops over the career, and that’s in any discicourse of the month to help stu- pline.” dents get accustomed with design software. * abricke1@temple.edu “You’re sort of going through a kind of mini education program if you take advantage of all the resources out there,” Moustafellos said. “It’s an experiential learning-by-do-

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Alex Santilli opened a custom-constructed recording studio that is attracting local and international acts to the Fishtown neighborhood.

t once was a late-1800s horse stable. Now, the building is filled with fine-wood finishing and the Fleet Foxes play in the background. Across the street from a church in Fishtown, an unmarked door leads to Spice House Sound recording studio. Alex Santilli is the man behind Spice House Sound and has been building his own audio equipment since he was 16 years old. Santilli said he didn’t go to school for music or recording. He jokes that he attended “Google University.” “I’ve always been interested in the recording aspect and reproduction [of music],” the Connecticut native said. Santilli moved from Connecticut to Fishtown in Philadelphia when he was 19. “I think Philadelphia is the most livable city, with an incredible artist community,” Santilli said. Santilli didn’t grow up with music – he said he lived in a “pretty music-free household.” There was a CD-player that

EMILY SCOTT The Temple News was never used in his childhood home. Santilli’s interest in music came out of nowhere, he said. He spent a lot of time listening, which shaped his interest in the way the listening experience works. Santilli began working in a basement studio – a spice warehouse in the Italian market. It was in business for roughly two years before he was kicked out because he did not own the building. “I decided that wouldn’t happen again and I would do [a recording studio] for real this time,” Santilli said. The process of planning and building Spice House Sound took about three years and the recording studio officially opened for business this past August.

The Fishtown resident said he had a difficult time finding the perfect place to open a studio. He looked for spaces in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. A big space with high ceilings and noise isolation was what Santilli was looking for in a place to create music. Spice House Sound was just an empty building with a concrete floor. Now, Santilli says it is considered one of the only properly built studios in Philadelphia. Santilli moved into the home next door to the studio and has lived there since the process of construction, to be sure that everything goes smoothly. “It is pretty ideal – it was the only property that truly fit [my standards],” Santilli said. The construction process took more than two years and was quite a project. Santilli compared it to “building four houses inside of another house.” There are different foundations from room-to-room and the walls are four times thicker

Gallery opens arms to community Owners of Paradigm Gallery on 4th Street aim to draw residents into their neighborhood art hub.

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Tyler grad’s wearable art featured abroad Sienna Martz received a grant from a foundation in Seoul, South Korea, to create a gown for a museum exhibition.

VICTORIA MIER The Temple News Queen Village has only been awake for a few hours. The neighborhood’s occupants are still yawning and stretching at tables in bustling cafes, chatting about what a beautiful Saturday it is. The hum of the breeze is lively, crisp with the approaching autumn. Paradigm Gallery is in the middle of it all on 4th Street, just a few blocks past South Street. Paradigm, the recent winner of Philly Hot List’s competition for Best Art Gallery, is housed in an old row home with dark wood floors and white walls that soak up the sunshine streaming in from the windows. Jason Chen, co-founder and co-owner, has already arrived, working at the low table toward the back of the space. Sara McCorriston, his business partner, treads lightly into the gallery a few moments later, carrying her breakfast on a plate. McCorriston lives just down the street, so Paradigm Gallery is like an extension of her own house, she said. There is something homey about the sunshine-imbued space,




Jason Chen and his business partner, Sarah McCorriston, wanted a space that could function as a studio and a gallery.

inviting any and all passerby to enter, she said. “We realized people would walk by our gallery, but they wouldn’t come in because they didn’t know anything about art,” Chen said. “I feel like art shouldn’t be on a pedestal. Everybody should be able to have access to it.” Chen and McCorriston met during their time as undergraduate students at Uni-

versity of the Arts, where they worked on multiple projects together. After completing school, the pair wanted to pursue creating a space together – one that would operate as both a studio and a gallery. McCorriston, according to Chen, took his suggestion quite seriously. “One day, she called me and said I had



One of Sienna Martz’s first experiences creating wearable art was in 2012, when she stood in front of her classmates in a translucent gown that she made from organza. “[Martz] did the critique in this see-through outfit – a gorgeous hand-dyed and sculpted organza piece,” said Lorraine Glessner, Martz’s former professor in the fiber and materials department of Tyler School of Art. “But, that’s who she is. I don’t mean to make her out to be an exhibitionist or anything like that, but she just goes above and beyond.” Martz was a sculpture major, although she calls herself a fiber artist. After graduating in December 2013, she continued gaining more experience creating haute couture gowns. In June 2013, Martz was awarded a grant from the Seol Won Foundation after Dr. Young Yang Chung, director of the Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea, saw Martz’s online portfolio. The grant was awarded to create a gown for the museum’s 10th anniversary exhibition entitled “Wearable Art: Inspiration in Thread,” which opened on Oct. 8. The gown, hand-dyed red from dyes like chestnut and paprika and made from silk, will be held in the museum’s





Gaming marathon to benefit CHOP patients Gamers will soon participate in a 24hour marathon event.

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24-hour video game marathon to raise money for children’s hospitals? Sign me

This is the attitude that a lot of local gamers have taken for this year’s Extra Life, a nationwide event where people sign up and seek donations from friends, family and the community. Then, come Oct. 25, individuals or teams dedicate a full ALBERT HONG day to playGeeking Out ing all kinds of games including card games and board games. Extra Life was started in 2008 by the Sarcastic Gamer Community to honor the passing of Victoria Enmon, a girl who was diagnosed with acute

lymphoblastic leukemia at the age of 11. After her death, the community started a 24-hour gaming marathon to raise money for the local hospital that treated Enmon. With last year’s event seeing 38,000 people raising a total of $3.8 million benefiting Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, I was curious as to what kind of gamers were dedicating time for our own local Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia this year. Robin Valentino is the director of CMN for CHOP and is responsible for raising funds and awareness for 18 local counties. Valentino explained how CMN allows gamers to make that important local impact. “[CMN] started with the sole intention and purpose that funds raised locally should stay locally,” Valentino said. “This essentially became a program that any hospital can really take on and develop, however they see fit.” In the case of CHOP, local gamers’ donations will benefit

the hospital’s uncompensated patient care, which helps cover uninsured costs. Andrew Meduri, host of The Level Up Show, started this live, weekly video game discussion show with his wife and friends late last year on Twitch, a site dedicated to game-centric video streams. The crew will be live-streaming for Extra Life and its weekly passion for talking about games has translated to the support it has received from around the world. “It’s only going to get even tighter because we're talking more than ever now,” Meduri said. “That’s why I think Extra Life is going to do so well moving forward cause the community's only getting stronger.” As passionate as this community can be, it undoubtedly shows an uglier side as well, in terms of hate and “toxicity.” Local YouTuber, Event Status, posts various videos of himself speaking his mind on controversial issues, many of them within the gaming world, which receive a fair share of support

and criticism. Event Status does not give out his real name due to previously received threats online. With his participation in Extra Life by live streaming since June, it’s definitely a nice change of pace. “While we’re always seeing the negative things that the media says about us, they never highlight the positive things,” Event Status said. “So I felt this was a good opportunity to show them what we can do, that video games do have the power to help change people’s lives.” Many people, like Event Status, had initially never heard of Extra Life, but it’s thanks to this year’s newly implemented Extra Life Guilds that have informed people of the charity at

various events. Steve Mathis, president of the Philadelphia Guild, used his production skills to help spread the word through a video depicting how “Everyone can be a superhero for sick kids,” he said. I t ’s now the Event Status / YouTuber official promo video for this year’s Extra Life, after winning a contest held on Facebook. David Whelan, member of the GameEnthus podcast, has been involved with Extra Life for five years and will continue this year. With newfound motivation from his new nephew, he sees gaming as any other form of charity just wanting to give back. “People who are [runners] really enjoy doing marathons,”

“I felt this was a good

opportunity to show them what we can do, that video games have the power to change people’s lives.

Whelan said. “A charity event doesn’t have to be something that’s a terrible time; it can be something that you really enjoy.” A benefit of Extra Life is that as long as you’re able to raise money, Oct. 25 is not a strict date for you to get your gaming in. Rob Martin, a writer for the geek culture website Caffeine Crew, is getting together with some friends to play for Extra Life this Saturday, due to a responsibility on Oct. 25. With his wife creating the site, he said he’s glad to have the opportunity to write about video games and reach out this way. “It was really fun to be able to use that as a platform to help get the information out there and help do our part for something we care so much about,” Martin said. “It’s really just an amazing time.” * albert.hong@temple.edu

Boat racing, dragons and charity In this year’s Dragon Boat Festival, 152 teams competed. BRIANNA SPAUSE The Temple News Traffic was jammed near the Philadelphia Museum of Art as hundreds of racers traveled swiftly, and without delay. Kelly Drive was closed off on Oct. 4 for Philadelphia’s massive International Dragon Boat Festival. The Schuylkill River Banks flooded with life as racers, spectators and plenty of four-legged friends gathered for the 13th annual event. Races lasted from the sound off at 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and began without delay, even through the early morning rain. Clad in rain jackets, and hiding underneath the rows of tents as far as the eye could see, the crowds came out in masses – prepared to get a little wet. “If you like dragon boating, you’ll come out even if it’s raining hard,” said Heidi Jackson, a fellow rower that came out to support friends on the Bucks County Blazing Dragons team. St Joseph’s boathouse marks the starting line for nine teams to begin their heat. When each team races to the finish line 500 meters away and packs 20 racers into a single boat, a drummer keeps the rhythm and helms in the back to steer. “Everybody gets wet and no one complains about it,” said Dan Smith, a first time racer with the team called Gift of Life Lifesavers. “You have your paddle arm in the water up to the elbow. While you’re rowing you’re moving forward and back which propels the boat forward. The more in-sync you are, the more speed you’ll have.” Gift of Life Lifesavers, like many of the 152 teams, was sponsored in order to make the festival a possibility. Smith’s team, which was made up of recipients, donors and families of organ donors, received funding from Gift of Life, a charitable organization that raises awareness and offers support for organ donation.

“We’re out here showing what happens when you give the gift of life to a complete stranger, they can do amazing things,” Smith said, recounting life before his heart transplant in 2005 where he could not walk or stand for a long period of time. “You’re not getting an organ and primarily sitting in a chair waiting for the rest of your life to be over. Most of us are out there seeing what else our organs can do.” Charity is a common thread that runs through the festival. Every year since Philadelphia’s first event in 2002, proceeds from the Dragon Boat Festival have been donated to Fox Chase Cancer Center. The event has raised more than $1 million in 13 years, according to FCC’s website. While its tenure in Philadelphia has been short, dragon boat racing has ancient roots in China. Legend has it that Qu Yuan, a poet and adviser to the King in 278 B.C., was exiled from the kingdom for his opinions. Y u a n threw himself into the Milou River as the first recorded suicide as a form of protest. The story goes that local fishermen raced to Dan Smith / racer save Yuan – they set out in the river in their boats, fiercely banging drums and slashing their paddles in the water to keep evil spirits away. The event was transformed into a festival in China and after hundreds of years, brought to the Western World in 2002 when Philadelphia became the first city in the nation to host its own festival. The sport has since spread to other cities, but Philadelphia’s International Dragon Boat Festival remains the largest celebration in the United States. The head of a dragon decorated the ornate boats, complete with fangs and menacing eyes. Along its sleek body, rowers paddle furiously in sync in a race to the finish line. Finished off with a tail, the boats are designed to visually represent the traditional Chinese dragon. Most important is the beat of

“We’re out here

showing what happens when you give the gift of life to a complete stranger.

On Oct. 4, the International Dragon Boat Festival took place on Kelly Drive. Rowers competed on the Schuylkill.


the drum, which metaphorically propels the boat as the heartbeat of the dragon. “My role is to try and keep rhythm, so every time I hit, [the paddlers] should be hitting the water,” said Mike Rega, drummer for the Qlik Vikings and the man in full out Viking apparel. “It keeps everybody in rhythm and going as fast as we can. It is kind of scary because it feels like you’re going to tip, but exciting. Being in the drummer seat it’s a lot more entertaining [than rowing] because you get to see where everybody else is.” Halloween costumes get an early October preview at the Dragon Boat Festival, where more racers are costumed than not. Witches, bananas, Vikings and hundreds of other creatures gathered together on the Schuylkill to engage in the friendly competition. “Today has been absolutely incredible – the turnout, the energy, the love, the competition. It’s totally rockin,’” Kathi Clapham, a double lung transplant recipient and racer for Gift of Life, said. “I’m doing something athletic, which I have never done in my life. I’m racing hard and surrounded by so much love.” Hard work and energy paid off for the 2014 race winners, Perfect Storm, who took the gold with the fastest time of the event, crossing the finish line in two minutes, 8.70 seconds. They were closely followed by the DCDBC Dead Presidents with a time of 2:08.90, and the Philadelphia Dragon Boat Association with a time of 2:09.40. * brianna.spause@temple.edu T @briannaspause


The Polish String Band (below) marched up and down the banks of the Schuylkill at the 2014 International Dragon Boat Festival, playing traditional tunes while over 152 teams competed on the water.




Alex Santilli taught himself to record music and built his own studio in Fishtown. Santilli opened the studio this past August, and has had more than 40 artists – local and international – record.


Local studio, built by and for artists SPICE PAGE 9 than average. “It is an unbelievable amount of detail. Every space has to be airtight,” Santilli said. One of the earliest people involved in the creation of Spice House Sound was John Sto-

ryk of Walters-Storyk Design Group. The group is an architecture firm that specializes in designing studios. One of Storyk’s earliest studios belonged to Jimi Hendrix. “He had faith in our project

early on and even before we had the property,” Santilli said. It was just a simple phone call. Santilli found the phone number and was a hopeful, young entrepreneur. Santilli’s “cold-call” shocked Storyk,

but they have been a team ever since. Santilli said he expected it to be a while before anyone realized Spice House Sound existed, but he’s been “nothing but busy” since opening.

Since the end of August, Spice House Sound has recorded 40 artists, including local musicians and several international acts. Santilli said the relaxed environment at Spice House

Sound is something he believes stands out among other local studios. * emily.ivy.scott@temple.edu

Redefining galleries in the city for the love of art PARADIGM PAGE 9 to check a space out,” Chen said. “And I was like, ‘For what?’ I totally forgot about it. But when we got there, I was like ‘Oh! This is awesome.’” “He’s careful of what he says to me now,” McCorriston said with a smile. From the beginning, it was important to the pair that the gallery was open to the community, so anyone could have the opportunity to create and discuss art, McCorriston said. In order to accomplish this goal, the two said Paradigm Gallery engages the public community as much as possible. Though Paradigm is a commercial art gallery, there is programming in place that is more reminiscent of a nonprofit, like The Community Arts Project and the mural initiative, “Bainbridge Green” art project. “Having that connection with the community and being able to give back constantly is important,” McCorriston said. Sometimes, the two said it is hard to “switch gears” from working with kids on small projects to getting ready for a new artist’s show. But neglecting that community aspect would take away the real reason Paradigm was started, McCorriston said. Both Chen and McCorriston said they are in this business for the love of art. The

pair recalled how satisfying it can be to watch people leave the gallery after purchasing the work of an artist Chen and McCorriston believed in. Kelly Kozma, a mixed media artist, had a solo show at Paradigm after meeting Chen and McCorriston on the stoop of their previous location at 20th and South streets. “I was excited to work with them because I felt like were both starting out,” Kozma said. “I think there was a mutual respect.” Kozma said she was delighted when Chen and McCorriston allowed her to “spray paint and draw on the walls” for her first solo show. She recalled the experience as an enormous confidence boost. When Paradigm moved to its current location in Queen Village, Kozma was invited to do another solo show in May 2013. The exhibition was titled “Chattersphere.” “It was a big success for us,” Kozma said. “It was amazing to see how much we had both grown since the South Street show.” Kozma said that Paradigm has been integral to her accomplishments over the past few years. Additionally, Kozma said that the gallery owners have presented her with a vast amount of opportunities, but also fostered a community that is special to her.

“Sara [McCorriston] refers to her artists as the ‘Paradigm family,’ and it definitely has that vibe,” Kozma said. “I feel like we all support and challenge each other.” Chen and McCorriston said that being able to showcase those artists and give them a platform means the world to them, but the best part is when people come into the gallery and realize art does not always cost tens of thousands of dollars. “I sold a piece to a girl who thought she wouldn’t be able to afford it,” Chen said. “And then she looked at the price and said that she’d spent more on a pair of shoes!” Regardless of price, buying locally – whether from an artist, fashion designer or craftspeople – puts money back into the community, McCorriston said. Paradigm showcases mainly Philadelphia artists. The pair believes the area is “positively saturated” in talent. “We showcase artists in Philly because we want the art scene to be sustainable,” Chen said. “We don’t want people to feel like they have to travel somewhere else to become successful – because they don’t.” * victoria.mier@temple.edu


Jason Chen, one of Paradigm Gallery owners, hopes to involve community members in the arts.







Southern hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T. performed at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street on Oct. 6. K.R.I.T. is touring in anticipation of the release of his upcoming album “Cadillactica,” which will be released on Nov. 11.




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World Cafe Live, a music venue in West Philly, celebrates its 10-year anniversary.


Venue celebrates 10th year World Cafe Live has been giving live music to fans since 2004. EMILY ROLEN A&E Editor Music is intergenerational for Hal Real. He remembers going out to see live music with his adult friends, and getting pushback because many adults felt unwelcome in live music venues. In 2004, Real aimed to fix the problem by opening World Cafe Live, a venue on Walnut Street committed to bringing live music every day of the week to people of all ages. “In this day of age, we spend too much time in our ear buds or on the computer or on our iPhones, more than we could have predicted 10 years ago,” Real, the owner of the venue, said. “We want some time for people to have a community together, applaud and stomp their feet a little. This year, the live music venue is celebrating its 10th anniversary. World Cafe Live originally opened in 2004 on 3025 Walnut St. The venue’s counterpart, local radio station 88.5 WXPN, located in the same building, functions as the mouthpiece for the venue. Eric Schuman, an on air host and producer at WXPN, said the venue and the radio station have inevitably fed off each other since the Cafe’s opening. “I think that the very existence of the venue from the very start changed XPN in a big way,” Schuman said. “We’re doing a lot more live events just because we have a place to do them pretty easily. The technical side of the building is that there are tons of wires running from every stage to every studio. So, we can broadcast so much more content live on the air in a way we could never before.” Schuman, a 2010 graduate of Temple’s School of Media and Communication, formerly known as the School of Communications and Theater, started interning at WXPN in 2006 during his senior year in high school. Since transitioning from an intern to doing full-time work behind the scenes and on the mic for the station, Schuman said he has watched the style of music on the station and on the stage, evolve. “I often say World Cafe Live and XPN get a reputation on what XPN used to play in the early ‘90s when we first started,” Schuman said. “XPN has evolved from folk blues singer-songwriter to incorporating punk and electronic, not so heavily pounding that stuff, but adding that to the fringes of our programming, and World Cafe Live has been following in that same vein.” WXPN was originally located on 39th and

Spruce streets, where Schuman said he heard horror stories of bands with more than four pieces trying to fit into the small studio space to record. “Forget about getting that double bass in there,” Schuman said, laughing. “More people have been in this building and have had face time in this building in the past 10 years than probably ever in the old building.” Twenty-two-year WXPN employee Bruce Warren was with the station when the idea to move into the World Cafe Live building was born. Warren said that the most significant part of WXPN’s collaboration with the venue is the live aspect of its broadcasts. “What has changed is our ability to deliver content over multiple platforms,” Warren said. “It prepared us for the next 10 years, much of which we didn’t know was going to happen. Ten years ago the Internet was in its infancy. Specifically, I think our ability to serve local audiences with local music that didn’t exist before we moved into the new building is significant.” “We’ve always been about being the center of a music loving community,” Schuman added. “And now, people can come to this place where they can see how the station works, but they can see music happening.” In 2011, another venue in Wilmington, Delaware, called World Cafe Live at the Queen, was added. Real said that since 2004, the amount of live music venues in the city has tripled. “It’s gotten more competitive, but I think it’s put Philly on the map more as a music place to come to Philly, live in Philly, to be part of this community,” Real said. “It’s on the map for an artist that knows they want to be discovered – it’s a special place. It’s an important stop. It’s not just another city on the tour.” The design of the building itself was made intentionally for die-hard music fans, professional recording and live events, Schuman said. “It’s not just a concert space in this building,” Schuman said. “There are certainly many concert spaces that sound awful. [World Cafe Live] was built by music lovers, for music lovers.” With its 10th anniversary this year, Real said that looking back, he is proud of the venue. “Having Adele in the building four times before anyone knew who she was, that was big for us,” Real said. “There are so many examples of artists who made it big that started with us. I feel the same with local bands. For me, a proud moment is when I don’t know anyone and it’s a packed house. Maybe I don’t know the band, but everyone is having a great evening. That’s the best for me.” * emily.rolen@temple.edu ( 215.204.7416 Stephanie Rocha contributed reporting.

OUT & ABOUT PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 23RD YEAR The Philadelphia Film Festival will begin this Thursday. This year is the 23rd annual festival in the city, hosted by the Philadelphia Film Society. An opening night party will be held on Thursday, as well as a closing night party on Oct. 24. This is the largest film festival in Philly. Regular screenings are $12 and matinees before 5 p.m. are $6. An extensive schedule of all of the films being screen for the festival is available on the Philadelphia Film Society’s website. -Emily Rolen

COMMUNITY PAINT DAY TO BE HELD AT SHAKE SHACK Mural Arts will host a Paint Day at Shake Shack to invite community members to paint Mural Arts’ latest mural on Oct. 18 from 10-11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to people of all ages. Supplies and instructions will be provided. The mural is located at 20th and Sansom streets. -Emily Rolen

center display case through December. “I pulled from the idea that silk is very important in Korean art,” Martz said. “I decided to hand-dye the entire piece, which is a very intimate, laborintensive process. But, I felt like it was important to me to have that involvement and control over the color palette that I was creating.” Martz said she spent at least 500 hours over the span of a year and a half working on the gown. She researched the way she would create a gown to fit with the contemporary exhibition that intertwined Dr. Young Yang Chung’s traditional collection of Asian embroidery art. During her artist-in-residence at Tyler in Spring 2014, Martz received help making the gown from Glessner and former Tyler professor Pazia Mannella. “The embroidery on the gown created is unique because of the scale size of the silk rope,” Mannella said in an email. “The skirt’s texture references a traditional embroidery stitch, French knots, at an COURTESY SIENNA MARTZ Sienna Martz spent 500 hours working on a dress for the “Wearexaggerated scale.” Although Martz is one of able Art: Inspiration in Thread” exhibit in Seoul, South Korea. 21 artists featured in the museum’s exhibit, she said she was sculpture and my wearables is me,” Mannella said. not formally trained in dress- a bodily influence,” Martz said. Although she plans to making. “For my wearables, I view the come back to Philadelphia after “My degree was in sculp- body as my canvas. I like to the exhibition, Martz said after ture, but I’ve been heavily in- create structures built up onto spending time enjoying the fluenced by fibers and wearable the body and have the interac- culture of Seoul, she then plans art,” Martz said. “I had basic tion of the movement of the to travel to Beijing, Vietnam, skills, but I really had to teach body with my piece.” Thailand and Indonesia. myself how to make a gown Glessner said she would “I figured, if I’m already because that hasn’t been my describe Martz’s work as very here in Asia, I might as well retraining. That was very chal- organic, mixing nature and the ally experience as many counlenging, but a very thrilling ex- body. tries and cultures as I can,” perience.” “The role textiles and gar- Martz said. Martz’s sculpture expe- ments play in human experirience still plays a role in her ence, unique among cultures, * kerriann.raimo@temple.edu work, she said. ideological classes and racial “The connection with my identities fascinate [Martz] and ADVERTISEMENT

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Colorful tradition takes Main Campus The South Asian Student Society is holding its annual Navratri Garba celebration on Oct. 17. JULIA CHIANGO The Temple News At Navratri Garba, there are powerful sounds of Raas music, traditional Indian dancing, popular Indian food and vibrant colors. Students can partake in a celebration of Navratri Garba, hosted by the South Asian Student Society, on Oct. 17. “As one of Temple’s premiere multicultural organizations, everything that we do is focused on enriching the student body with the different cultures of South Asia,” said Abhinav Gabbeta, a senior biology major and president of the South Asian Student Society. The Garba Raas, a traditional dance originating from Gujarat in West India and Mumbai, is performed when celebrating Navratri Garba. Navratri refers to the nine nights during which

the festival is typically celebrated. “Basically, those nine nights are supposed to be in Hinduism, where the goddess Durga fights and conquers evil,” said Janeni Nayagan, a junior biology major and public relations chair of the South Asian Student Society. “It's also supposed to be reverent respect to the ultimate divine creative power, which is sort of the divine power and creativity.” The South Asian Student Society hosts at least two major events a year, normally one each semester. The student organization represents eight different countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives, Bangladesh and Bhutan. “We represent all of those countries, but we are still open to all races,” Nayagan said. “Anyone can be a part of the organization – it just takes interest in the group and the festivals and holidays from the different countries.” Last year the society brought the Garba back to Temple for the first time in years. Gabbeta said the group has been working on the plans for this event since school started. “We will have a brief ritual, delicious food,

colorful dresses, lively traditional music and of course lots and lots of interactive dancing,” Gabbeta said. The Navratri is celebrated in several different ways. Some perform the Garba, others set up Golu steps, or a small set of steps where religious idols are placed, and often families gather to have huge dinners. Group members said it is one of the most important festival for many Hindus around the world. “This is an event I have been going to since I was little,” said Nirali Patel, a senior secondary education-mathematics major and secretary of the South Asian Student Society. “It was great fun, because you get to dress up and wear the fancy outfits and jewelry.” At meetings before the event, the South Asian Student Society will teach basic Garba moves for those who want to get a head start on the learning process before the Oct. 17 event. The courses are called “Teach me how to Garba.” “A lot of us don’t know how to do Garba Raas on our own, but we could pick it up instantly,” Nayagan said. “It's very easy for anybody to pick up, really. You don’t have to be a good

dancer to participate in a Garba.” Traditional food and drinks will be served. Frooti Mango juice, a popular drink in India, is on the menu. As for food, Samosa Ki Chaat, another well-known Indian item, will also be available. “It is a great social event to meet new people of different cultures coming together and just dancing all night long,” Patel said. The society is encouraging all members of the student body to try something new, members of South Asian Student Society said. They emphasized the fact that attendees don't have to be from one of the eight countries they represent to participate in the festivities. All are welcome. “This year we plan to take it to the next level and establish Temple’s Garba as one of the best in the entire Philadelphia region,” Gabbeta said. * julia.chiango@temple.edu



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While battling cancer, patient holds fundraiser HA PAGE 1 rium called Helicobacter pylori. After Ha returned home, her father recommended the family see a second doctor, Dr. Xiaoli Ma, whose office is situated in Chinatown. On June 2, shortly after making the switch, Ha was diagnosed with stomach cancer. “[Dr. Ma] said ‘Your stomach has a lot of bleeding, but if doctors aren’t looking for [cancer] they aren’t going to find it,’” Ha said. “In an anoscopy she always looks for it, because she knows so many people who go for checkups and everything’s fine and all the sudden it’s stage four.” Ha had not yet reached stage one of stomach cancer. “I am so thankful. I refer [Dr. Ma] to everyone,” she said. Ha said doctors at Temple University Hospital told her there was a less than one percent chance she would develop stomach cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, stomach cancer is more common in men in their late 60s to 80s and in Hispanic Americans, African Americans and Asian/Pacific Islanders. Though doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes stomach cancer, infection with Helicobacter pylori puts patients at a higher risk. Ha said preservatives in East Asian food puts East Asians at a higher risk for stomach cancer, which is less common in North America. Ha’s mother, who is Vietnamese, and Ha’s father, who is Chinese, moved to Philadelphia in the 1980s. Ha, however, has lived in Philadelphia since she was three, which should put her at less of a risk for stomach cancer. “When I found out it was cancer, I was very surprised,” Dr. Ma said. “Because my patients’ population is more Asian, I see it more. I see it a lot in people age 60 and above. But she is 27. For her, it is really hard to pinpoint the origin. Was it the food, or was it genetic? We don’t know.” Ha had half of her stomach surgically removed in June. “That’s when I knew everything was going to be different,” Ha said. “Going to the bathroom is a difficulty, even now.” A broadcast journalism major, Ha worked in Allentown for Channel 69 WFMZ from August 2010 to January 2012. Her shifts ran from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and as a result, she frequently ate dinner for breakfast and vice versa. When she worked in the city for CBS3, Ha worked from 4 a.m. to noon or sometimes from 3:30 to midnight. “I didn’t eat well, and I didn’t sleep well as a journalist,” Ha said. “No, we ate crap. ... There’s nothing but like pizza and cookies and cake in the office all the time. And we will eat around the clock.” Ha can no longer eat freely – she must monitor everything she puts in her body. “After my surgery, I went to see a bariatric dietician who gave me a printout of what to eat, what not to eat and how much to eat,” she said. “My first two weeks it was baby food and liquid. I seriously bought Gerber’s baby food.” Ha’s stomach currently weighs between 8 to 12 ounces – half the weight of an average empty ADVERTISEMENT

human stomach. She must avoid foods high in sugar, as her stomach lacks the sufficient amount of acid necessary to digest large amounts of sugar. Because Ha is undergoing chemotherapy, she is sensitive to cold food and liquid. “If I drink something cold, it’ll feel like knives or broken glass in my throat,” Ha said. “If I touch even a soda, really quickly it’ll give me that tingly feeling. So it’s been different. My lifestyle has been different.” In January, Ha weighed 142 pounds. Before her surgery, she weighed 125 pounds, and she currently weighs just 100 pounds. “It sucks, because it’s fall,” Ha said. “I want pumpkin stuff. But I’m definitely conscious about what I eat now. I read all the labels. If I don’t know an ingredient, I look it up. I just feel like you should know what you put in your body, you know?” Ha began chemotherapy, which she said has been “a bumpy ride,” a month after her surgery for preventative measures. “You can go from tumor free to stage four in a matter of six months – it’s that aggressive, and it’s that fast,” she said. “Some days are good; some days are bad. Mostly I smell like the chemo goes through my pores ... It smells like metal, and when I eat, like just drinking plain water, it has a sweet metal taste.” Ha remains positive despite her battle. She has go-to foods – grilled cheese and Gatorade – and enjoys eating at restaurants like Pizza Brain in Fishtown and PYT in Northern Liberties. She said November – National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and also her birthday month – will be exciting for her. Through an organization called No Stomach For Cancer, Ha organized a stomach cancer awareness walk for Nov. 1. The walk will start and end at 10th and Vine streets. Those who register for the walk, which costs $45, receive an official periwinkle T-shirt, bracelets, magnets and informational cards. All proceeds benefit No Stomach for Cancer. Ha said she just wants people to come out and support the walk, regardless of whether or not they register. “For some people [$45] is a lot of money,” Ha said. “So I’m telling them, ‘You don’t have to register. You can just make a straight donation and wear any T-shirt you want, as long as it’s periwinkle.’” The walk will cover a distance of about two miles. So far, Ha said around 75 people have registered, and she aims to have 100 to 150 people there. “The goal is to raise awareness and raise funds,” Ha said. “As long as we can accomplish that, that’s all that matters.” Ha said her family supports her decision to organize the walk. “I think it’s been hard for my mom,” she said. “I try so hard to be positive and strong, because I don’t want to see her feel sorry for me. I’ve never wanted pity. Even when I’m in pain and struggling, I always smile for her.” Ha said the entire experience has brought her

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Anne Ha enjoys a slice of pizza from Pizza Brain in Fishtown, one of her favorite places to eat.

closer to people in general. “I think I have learned, not just of myself but of humanity, if you can put your mind to something you can totally do it,” she said. When Ha was introduced to a 23-year-old man named Anthony who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer, she reached out to him. “They told him he has six months and he’s already given up,” she said. “That was so heartbreaking.” “I tell him every day, ‘Your body is young; you can heal yourself.’ I feel like if you just tell yourself that you’re good, you’re happy, every day you’re getting better, your body starts obeying that,” she said. Ha said it’s important to stay positive when fighting cancer. “My doctor prescribed me so many medications, and I don’t even fill them,” she said. “I have five at home that I don’t take. I don’t take nausea medicine because I tell myself I’m not nauseous. Because its all mind over matter.” Ha will undergo chemotherapy until January. When the treatment ends, she will be monitored closely and return to her doctor for checkups ev-

ery six to 12 months. Despite some side effects of chemotherapy, Ha said she will “still have hair” by next Sept. 27, when she plans to get married to her fiancé Tom Benson, who she met in a Chinese class at Temple. “He has been so supportive throughout this entire thing,” Ha said. “He’s been by me every day. He sits by my bed. He’s great.” Benson said the entire experience has been a roller coaster. “When things like this happen, you realize how mortal you are,” Benson said. “[Ha] has done such a great job of keeping a positive attitude about it and turning something terrifying into something so cause-driven.” In the future, Ha plans to work with people like Anthony for a living. “It doesn’t matter what kind of cancer you have, all cancers suck,” she said. “I think I want to work in this field and help people. I don’t know if its going to be counseling or working with the American Cancer Society, but I just know I want to give hope.” * claire.sasko@temple.edu






Bike Temple is sponsoring an event today at 1 p.m. on the basics of bike maintenance. Jonas Mendoza will lead the short clinic on how to repair a flat tire in the Breakaway Bikes Trailer on 13th Street. The cost of participation is $5, but everyone in attendance will receive a patch kit and pair of tire levers to take home after class. This event is open to all students and faculty. –Jessica Smith

MICHA CARDENAS LECTURE Micha Cardenas will be leading the lecture, “Shifting, Flickering Futures: Digital Trans of Color Praxis” today from 2-3:30 p.m in the Paley Library Lecture Hall. Cardenas will be discussing the struggles of transgender women of color as they continue to be the number one target of violence and murder among LGBTQ people in the U.S. Cardenas will also talk about her experience as an artist, theorist and educator. This event is free and open to all. ANDREW THAYER TTN

Assistant professor Alexa Firat lectures on the cultural impacts of graffiti in Middle Eastern countries.

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for students to have some space to be exposed to that and interact with it.” Chahine hopes to connect the culturally diverse student body of Temple and the urban area of Philadelphia with the popularity of street art as a form of political and social expression. “That’s what is so great about graffiti, it literally speaks to you on a visual scale even if you don’t necessarily know all of the context,” she said. “It’s something we see all the time, just look at Philly and all of the graffiti that speaks to us.”

The College of Liberal Arts presented the series of three talks as an opportunity to not only further discuss issues briefly covered in these courses, but to celebrate the recent name change from the department of critical languages to the department of Asian & Middle Eastern languages and studies. “The new name better communicates our department’s academic programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Korean and Hindu,” said Associate Professor and Department Chair Barbara Thornbury. “Critical languages is sort of an outdated term,” she added. “There still are critical languages departments, but it was used to encourage

–Jessica Smith

students in universities to study languages in places where the U.S. has a national interest for people to know more about the languages. ‘Critical languages’ doesn’t really tell you anything. The new name better focuses on the context of our courses.” Professor Firat said she saw her discussion as an opportunity to discuss important information in a visual way that time doesn’t always allow in the classroom. “I’m hoping this will get students to understand the kinds of things we teach here in our department,” Firat said. “People often think it’s just a language department, but we also teach a lot about culture. There are professors who teach Chi-

nese literature, Japanese folklore, all kinds of culture based films and some even use ancient texts. It’s language for students to use, but it’s also culture, literature, cultural productions and so much more.” Firat said she was pleased to close the series of talks and celebrate the name change. “Hopefully it will get people excited about what we do and get more students in our department taking our classes and putting our name out there, giving us an identity rather than just a language department,” Firat said. * alexa.zizzi@temple.edu

Students, faculty gather for art market ray, a freshman in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program. “I saw what is possible with an education at Tyler.” Abigail Potts was excited to return to the Tyler School of Art and has kept busy since graduating last Spring. “I like being back in the building,” Potts said. “It is fun to see how [things have] changed. [Since graduation], I have been in a couple


shows in Jersey, Philly and New York.” Students, staff, guests and administrators, including President Theobald, reveled in the talent of the artists at Friday’s art market. In addition to vendors, the art market featured interactive workshops, a glass-blowing demonstration and discussions led by a panel of artists and designers.

“One of the things we always hoped to accomplish in the long run was engaging organizations within the arts community, not just individual artists and people interested in buying the art,” Cook said. “As well as different collectives and studio organizations that students here can be apart of once they graduate. [The Art Market] provides an opportunity for students to attempt to

sell their work right next to some heavy-hitting professionals in the same field.” A portion of the proceeds from the art market at Tyler helps fund scholarships for students in the Tyler School of Art. * timothy.mulhern@temple.edu

UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Historian and curator Charles L. Blockson will open the Moonstone Arts Center’s exploration of the Underground Railroad tomorrow at 3 p.m. The Moonstone series will discuss the central role Philadelphia played in the fight for freedom and equality. The discussion will be led in the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in Sullivan Hall. It operates on a first-come, first-serve basis and is open to all. –Jessica Smith

BREAKING BEAUTY STANDARDS Breaking Beauty Standards will be held in Morgan Hall Room D301 tomorrow night from 7-9 p.m. as part of National Coming Out Week. The fashion and art showcase will demonstrate the many definitions of beautiful through demonstrations by Temple students. This event is open to all. No ticket purchase or registration is required. –Jessica Smith

BYRON WOLFE Program Director for Photography at Tyler School of Art Byron Wolfe will lead a discussion on recent examples of work that responds to icons of landscape and culture on Thursday from 12:30-2 p.m. This event is open to all and will take place on the 10th floor of Gladfelter Hall. Works will feature places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Latin America and Northern California. Drawing on historic research, creative expression and personal narrative, Wolfe will use photography and other digital tools and visualizations to reflect on the passage of time and construction of perception. –Jessica Smith

TEMPLE THEATER BRIGADOON The Temple Theater Department is holding a production of Brigadoon Oct. 15-26. The show, which is centered around American tourists that encounter a mythical Scottish town, will be held in Tomlinson Theater. Admission is $10 with a TU student ID, $20 for students and senior citizens and $25 for general admission. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. opening night and continues to run every night at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of 2 p.m. Sunday showings. –Alexa Bricker jenny kerrigan TTN

Students produce and display glassworks at the third annual Tyler Art Market.


“Would students benefit from having a bike share on campus?


“Yeah. I used it when I was in London, and it was really helpful, especially when you’re trying to get from point A to point B.”



“I’m afraid to ride a bike in the city. I wouldn’t want it to get stolen.”



“I would. It would be cheaper and easier if all I needed to do was make a stop in the city, or go back home.”​







Owls top Tulsa in homecoming win THOMAS IMPRESSES IN WIN

A 14-point rally in the fourth quarter propelled the Owls to a 35-24 defeat of American Athletic Conference foe Tulsa last Saturday. “We made some big stops at the end, and made some big plays on offense,” coach Matt Rhule said. “Obviously, it wasn’t a clean game. It’s not really the way we want to play all the time, but I was proud those guys were showing some resolve and showed that they could battle until the end of the game.” Finishing close games was a problem that plagued Temple (4-1, 2-0 The American) last season, and it relapsed in a 31-24 loss to Navy back on Sept. 6. But, thanks to a 20-yard touchdown reception from sophomore running back Jahad Thomas with 3:25 remaining in the final quarter, and some late stops from the defense, Temple hung on. The team was fired up afterward, an observation proven by blaring music echoing from behind the press room wall. “Last year we lost a lot of games in the end,” junior running back Jamie Gilmore said. “This week we’ve gotten over that hump. Now each week we’re trying to get better and better.” To go along with his late touchdown reception, Thomas ran for 152 yards on 14 carries, establishing the offense from the get-go with a 68-yard run up the right sideline on the game’s first play. “It gave me a lot of confidence,” Thomas said. “The last few games I have been in a slump and been very hard on myself. But I realized that you have to take advantage of every opportunity that you are given. I was able to do that today.” Gilmore also put up a strong performance out of the backfield, gaining 43 yards on the ground and 100 yards receiving, which included a 64-yard reception along the left sideline that helped to set up a five-yard scramble into the end zone by sophomore quarterback P.J. Walker with 21 seconds to play in



The women’s soccer team entered this past week’s two-game slate as the No. 6-ranked team in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/ Continental Tire Northeast Regional Poll. The Owls lost a 1-0 game to Southern Methodist last Thursday despite outshooting the Mustangs, 15-3, but topped Houston this past Sunday in a 1-0 result. Temple will head into this weekend with a 104-1 overall record (3-2-1 American Athletic Conference). Through 14 games last season, the Owls were 6-7-1. -Andrew Parent



The football team celebrates after its 35-24 win against conference foe the Golden Hurricane.

the half. The drive, one that put the Owls up 21-14, was preceded by a fourth-down stop with Tulsa on Temple’s one-yard line. The Owls will head to Texas on Friday for their next conference matchup with the University of Houston (2-3, 0-1 The American). -Nick Tricome


Six former athletes were inducted into Temple’s Hall of Fame on Friday at the Edberg-Olson Complex. Former football players Raheem Brock, Dan Klecko and Ray Morrison highlighted the 2014 class, which also included Michelle Murawski (field hockey), Sakinah Saahid (fencing) and Randy Stevenson (golf). -Andrew Parent



The rowing team’s fifth-place, 16-minute, 46.96-second performance in the collegiate 4+ final highlighted the weekend for the crew and rowing squads at the Navy Day Regatta on the Schuylkill Saturday. Temple’s B and C boats followed the top group with ninth and 10th-place results, respectively, while Owls’ A boat finished ninth with a 15:01.9 result in the open/collegiate 8+ race. Crew’s fourth-place time of 15:07.4 in the collegiate freshman/novice 4+ final highlighted the team’s day. The collegiate 4+ team crossed in eighth place out of 24 boats with a mark of 15:08.5. -Andrew Parent

The Owls competed in two games this past weekend, dropping the first to Villanova on Friday, 6-3, but rebounding on Sunday with a 5-1 victory over La Salle. Junior forward Alyssa Delp said the team was able to use to the loss to Villanova as a chance to reset and make some improvements on key facets of the offense. “We took what happened on Friday and used it,” Delp said. “We had hit a lull [on Friday] but we went in today thinking, ‘Don’t let up at any point of the game.’ We don’t always have to be on attack, but it’s just maintaining a strong overall play and not having any vulnerable times.” Senior midfielder Amber Youtz had a standout weekend for the Owls’ offense, collecting a hat trick in both games and seven total goals. “We’re having a more sustained attack, which is giving us a ton more shots and opportunities,” Youtz said. -Ashlyn Miller

Soccer and track teams set to relocate FACILITIES PAGE 20 even have that, after a snow which ranks second-to-last in storm took out one of the crew the American Athletic Conferteam’s previous tents. ence ahead of the University of “Our first tent fell down, Houston, which averages 191. and our second tent got crushed Men’s soccer’s average of by snow,” Perkins said. “This 178 fans through seven home is [crew’s] third tent right now. games this season ranks last For five months, we were with in the conference, and trails no tent at all. We were com- second-to-last Memphis by an pletely al fresco. We were just attendance average of 178. Its standing out in the cold.” conference opponents have The EPCH was built in averaged 1,232 fans per home 1914 and was game thus far. used as an T h e Olympic trainSchool Reing site for form Commisseveral years. sion approved Temple’s crew Temple’s and rowing propurchase of grams called the propthe house home erty in June. from 1969 until The William its condemning Penn Property in 2008. Coalition, a Upon its Seamus O’Connor / soccer coach c o m m u n i t y completion, organized Temple will group, had its share the EPCH with the Phila- request for an injunction against delphia Police Marine Unit, the purchase denied in August. which will occupy the right bay Clark said the university of the house. The rest of the will employ a design team for building will belong to the crew the complex in the next few and rowing teams. months, and that the project Perkins said the building should be finished within the will include locker rooms and next 12-18 months. O’Connor coaching offices, alongside oth- said it’ll open in time for the er amenities. Fall 2016 season. “Usually wherever school we go to, there’s a vocal supA MOVE TO BROAD port,” O’Connor said. “That’s To alleviate the time comwhat we want.” mitment of traveling from Am-

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have at Ambler is [excellent], but it’s just too far to really make it our home.

bler Campus and back for practice each day, former women’s soccer coach Matt Gwilliam starting using the outdoor turf of the football team’s EdbergOlson Hall in 2011, his first year coaching the team. Coach Seamus O’Connor continued the practice upon his arrival in 2013. “Everything we have at Ambler is [excellent],” O’Connor said. “But it’s just too far to really make it our home.” O’Connor’s team has drawn 263 fans on average through three games this season,


Each of the university’s non-revenue sports returned from the summer break to upgraded locker rooms this fall, a move spurred by a facilities assessment on part of the Athletic Department, Clark said. Each room includes new lockers emblazoned with each student-athlete’s name, a lounge space with custom chairs and plasma TVs, a renovated changing and shower area along with fresh carpet and paint. Other changes included

a new ergometer room for the crew and rowing teams, a more exclusive setting than the initial setup it had in McGonigle Hall’s basement weight room. The wooden bleachers inside McGonigle’s gym have all been draped with plastic padding this fall, while a video board is set to be installed prior to the women’s basketball season. Among other upgrades, the Liacouras Center will feature a new Hall of Fame section, honoring past Temple athletes with a place in the university’s Hall of Fame, starting in November. “I think things have gone really well,” Clark said of his department’s state. “I think much [better than last year], when you think of all the challenges we had to deal with last year.” Since 2003, the football team has played its home games at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Temple’s contract with the Linc runs out after the 2017 season. Rumors surrounding the possibility of a football stadium on campus gained credibility when President Theobald announced the university was in a “serious discussion” regarding a new stadium, and that it would likely be involved in the 2014 master plan. If the field hockey and lacrosse programs were to move to the William Penn property in 2016, it could leave the property of Geasey Field and its adjacent track & field complex open. “You'd have to talk to the facility guys,” Clark said of the complex. “Once [the master plan] is laid out, we'll have a better feel what's going to take place with that space.” “Right now, it is what it is,” Clark added. “It’s a process.” * andrew.parent@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537


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Department jostles for position in American AMERICAN PAGE 20 tive winning percentage of 33.3 percent, losing or tying in 56 of their 84 conference games. Despite the first-year struggles, the athletic administration has set its sights on not only conference championships in The American, but national titles as well. “Our goal obviously is to win The American conference championship, but our eventual goal is to win the national championship,” Deputy Director of Athletics Pat Kraft said. “Now that can take time, but the way that you have a successful department is when everybody is winning.” “You want everybody to be nationally ranked and then put yourself in a position to win a national championship,” he added. “As you start to get those national championship trophies, alumni brag on that, above and beyond their football and basketball teams.” In light of these high expectations, one of the administration’s primary steps to achieving broad-based competition was the sports cuts. Clark proposed the eradication of sports programs for the sake of being competitive in a new conference, one with moderate budgets and an average of roughly 18 sports per school. Last year, in The American’s inaugural season, Temple operated 24 sports. Now, the department sponsors 19. As a result of the cut sports, the administration has taken action to improve the quality of athletics, including the acquisition of the property on which William Penn High School sat. Temple and buying partner Laborers’ District Council Education and Training/Apprenticeship Fund purchased the William Penn property for $15 million. Clark said the property will be the eventual homes for men’s and women’s soccer and track & field, with field hockey and lacrosse as potential movers contingent upon the percentage of the space given to the athletic department. Also stemming from the cut sports, the athletic program has seen $2 million in freed money, $1.5 million of which has been reallocated into locker rooms and training facilities, as well as other renovations made in an effort to align Temple with its conference rivals. Clark said the athletic department is currently in compli-

ance with Title IX, the genderequity law passed in 1972. In February, however, President Theobald sent an email to the Board of Trustees outlining an investigation being conducted into the university by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regarding possible failure in providing equal opportunities for female student-athletes. The inquiry, according to the email, was about locker rooms, facilities, financial assistance, housing and dining. “We took a look under the hood about six to eight months ago and realized we’re really behind in all of our locker rooms,” Clark said. “We had to work with the campus and got our facility guys involved, they came up with a great design and we took the locker rooms and did a total renovation.” The money freed by the cuts has also been reallocated into fully funding all women’s athletic programs on scholarships and providing most men’s sports with either full or close to full funding. The reallocated money resulted in the extension of those scholarships into the summer, allowing fall athletes the opportunity to stay on Main Campus during their summer training months and practice with their respective coaches in Temple-run facilities. The scholarship enhancements have resulted in substantial increases in available scholarships for certain sports, including women’s rowing increasing from 10 to 20 and women’s gymnastics jumping from six to 12. Additionally, the men’s cross country team is expected to see an increase from one scholarship to the fully-funded amount of five in the near future, Clark said. Although the department has taken strides, it is still behind many schools in The American. “[The scholarships] are something that our competitors and our peers do with regularity,” Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Ingram said.


Prior to the cuts, Temple’s 24 varsity sports exceeded or equalled that of any team in The American, while it ranked in the bottom half of the conference in operating expenses, spreading


The American receives $22-25 million in television revenues, per Forbes’ reporting on conference contracts.

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If distributed Prior to the cuts, Temple ranked last in average dollars available equally, this number puts them per sponsored team in The American. at an average $2.2 million per sport, still behind many schools they expected to see increased voting on whether to have footlike basketball powerhouse revenue and resources in the ball or not … there were a lot Connecticut – which, according form of a new apparel contract of decisions that looked like to the Department of Education, as they await the expiration of Temple wanted to be a part of finished with an average of $2.6 their current deal with Under the big leagues, and then there’s million per sport. Temple fin- Armour. Clark said he will not been some remarks, like the ishes six out of 11 in the race, settle for a deal that would fail president’s quote ‘being a midwith Southern Methodist rank- to cover the department’s cur- major’ … If you say you want to ing first, providing an average rent expenses for apparel. be a mid-major then that changof $3 million per sport if distrib“We spend probably, on es how you judge the success of uted equally. average, $500,000-600,000 on a program.” The shortage in resources product,” Clark said. “With our Senior Associate Athletic for innew [appar- Director for Communications dividual el] contract, Larry Dougherty said he besports rewe don’t lieves Theobald “probably missulted in have to spend spoke” in his Op-Ed in his clasdisadvanthat money sification of Temple’s athletic tages in because we’d program. recruiting, “I think the ‘mid-major’ get a deal that because would cover term is used very loosely,” m a n y that and then Clark said. “I don’t think that sports we get to take schools in the Mountain West were bethose dollars consider themselves a midlow the and reallo- major program, I don’t think varying Seamus O’Connor / soccer coach cate that into Gonzaga from the standpoint of N C A A other things.” basketball consider themselves maximum W h i l e a mid-major program.” allowance Despite Theobald’s rethe adminand some were not offered full- istration’s future negotiations marks, the athletic administrayear scholarships. and eventual signing have yet to tion stands by the mission stateThe money freed in the enter any discussions with ven- ment of being a broad-based new-look athletic program has dors, Clark said he is confident program, and cites college allowed Temple to cover the the athletic department can find athletics’ growing congruity as lost ground and provide more a contract that would cover the providing a conference outside resources for the remaining department’s current expenses. of the Power 5 a possibility to sponsored sports. “Our vendors are going to succeed on a national level. “Prior to the elimination of respect us because we bring a “We’re on national TV for those teams we were not in a national brand,” Clark said. basketball and football,” Kraft position to fully fund all of our said. “That’s changed the landsports,” Ingram said. “We were scape not just for us, but for evA UNITED FRONT not providing [certain teams] Former Temple Athletic erybody. … There’s parity in the the maximum number of scholDirector Bill Bradshaw always game, anyone can beat anybody arship dollars that we could per understood the importance of at any time.” NCAA rules but our goal is to being on the same page. get there within a year or a year “When you take a job as an THE BEST OF THE REST and a half. We’re doing that Bill Bradshaw said The athletic director or you take a with all of our teams so that our job as a president, you want to American is the sixth-best colcoaches are on the same playmake sure you can answer the legiate conference in the couning field as far as resources to question, ‘What do they want to try. Clark, his successor, agrees recruit kids.” be?” Bradshaw said, “They need with him. For women’s soccer coach Regardless of where The to answer those questions.” Seamus O’Connor, the change “The very good programs, American stands next to other in resources – from fully fundthe very competitive programs conferences throughout the ed, full-year scholarships to the can tell you what they need to country, however, it still leaves prospect of playing at the Wilbe there and they can tell you if Temple on the outside looking in liam Penn property – is helping it fits the mission of the school on the “Power 5” conferences, to bolster in what he sees as aland they can tell you if the comprised of the Southeastern ready upward-moving women’s university has the financial re- Conference, The Big Ten, The soccer program. sources to be there,” Bradshaw Big 12, The Atlantic Coast Con“[The increase in resourcference and the Pacific-12, who added. es] is huge for recruiting,” However, the athletic ad- possess the privilege of passing O’Connor said. “We are getting ministration’s goal differs from legislation among themselves top kids now, the kids that we the opinion Theobald expressed without any say from other colnever expected to get. We’re in an Op-Ed to the Inquirer in lege conferences. now getting the elite kids, beClark said the Power 5 has which he referred to the profore we would really have to misled the view of college athgram as a “mid-major.” sell some of these kids. … It’s Theobald’s piece addressed letics, citing competitive parreally interesting to see how it’s the university’s attempt to spon- ity as the most important factor changed. I have messages from sor more sports than its budget among collegiate programs. Florida, Oklahoma and Cali“The [Power] 5 have crecould take on, and for some, left fornia, the really good coaches confusion for the direction of ated this super, ‘We’re better from club teams that I didn’t than everybody else [mindset],’ Temple Athletics. know they knew we existed are “I think Temple has had but if you really look at how now contacting me. They’re an up-and-down answer to the teams compete at a national looking at Temple as an option.” that question,” Bradshaw said. level in all of the sports, any Administrators also said “When we were there they were schools outside of that [Power]

“The [danger of]

being on the outside is significant. The revenues of those Power 5 schools are exponentially larger.

5 can compete at a national level at basketball,” Clark said. However, Bradshaw said Temple could fall even further behind as the Power 5 continues to grow. “[The danger of] being on the outside is significant,” Bradshaw said. “The revenues of those Power 5 schools are exponentially larger, I’m going to say $25-30 million dollars per each school. … When you take all the revenues from the conferences, the differences between the Power 5 and the next strongest conference – let’s say it’s The American – the differences are $25-30 million a year per school.” Clark claims the disparity is simply the television revenue the bigger schools receive due to their conference affiliations. “If our conference was receiving $10, $12 or $14 million in TV money, it’d be the ‘Super 6,’” Clark said. “It’s all based on TV money.” On average, the Power 5 makes a combined $1.1 billion in network television money alone, according to Forbes. Each individual conference’s revenues span from the Big Ten’s $250 million deal to the SEC’s $205 million contract, which is expected to increase to around $250 million after their current deal expires. By contrast, Forbes reported that The American recently signed a six-year television deal with ESPN and CBS to pay between $22-25 million per year, totalling less than the income of some individual schools in a higher conference. Bradshaw said he believes the longer Temple remains on the middle-ground that is The American, its future remains troublesome. “It’s only going to get larger because those television contracts are going to increase,” Bradshaw added. “It’s got to be frustrating, because obviously as you’re in the arms race, as they all are in the arms race, which is better and bigger facilities and more expenditures for coaches and salaries.” Bradshaw said Temple faces a potential growing disparity between the Power 5 and The American, if the conferences are eventually allowed to compensate players – an issue long debated in collegiate athletics. “Now the biggest thing is there is going to be some formula in which you can pay student-athletes, and that may really separate the Power 5 from the rest, more than anything that’s happened,” Bradshaw said. “When you consider that they’re financially capable of doing that, then you understand why they would pass some kind of legislation which authorizes those school to do that,” Bradshaw said. “It’s sad really.” * esmith@temple.edu ( 215.204. 9537 T @ejsmitty17




For cross country team, a ‘bittersweet’ outcome The team resents the cuts as the means for its new resources. ED LEFURGE III The Temple News Ryan DeBarberie is pleased with the increase of resources for cross country, but he doesn’t like how it came to be. “We get protein shakes and protein bars now,” the junior cross country runner said. “We also got a lot more gear than we have in the past couple years, and more shoes. The resources have definitely improved a lot, but [it’s] still a little bitter, though. It only improved because five teams got cut.” Since last December’s announcement of athletic cuts, in which men’s indoor and outdoor track & field were included amongst the dismissed sports, the cross country program has received a multitude of extended resources. Both the men’s and women’s teams have their own locker rooms in which they can change, store belongings, shower and do their laundry, runners said. “It’s a lot nicer than what we had,” DeBarberie said. “I think it’s like an actual [NCAA Division I] sports team locker room. The old locker rooms were like high school lockers.” DeBarberie’s teammate, redshirt-junior Alex Izewski, has similar feelings about the increase of resources and the new locker rooms. “With the locker rooms, the gear and they’re redoing some facilities, so we’ve gotten more stuff,” Izewski said. “It’s kind of nice but we don’t have a track


The cross country teams now have a lounge area, plasma television and new locker rooms in lieu of the athletic cuts.

team, so it kind of sucks. Its bittersweet.” Both athletes said they realize that there are other schools that offer superior facilities. Izewski transferred to Temple from the University of Florida during the 2012-13 academic year, and acknowledged the improved state of Florida’s cross country and track facilities compared to Temple’s, which include a ninelane track complex with grandstand seating and an on-campus cross country course. “The facilities at other schools are usually a lot better,” DeBarberie said. First-year track & field

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design phase of the project, but hopes to have the facility up and running within two years. While some players find the travel challenging, men’s co-captain and sophomore defender Robert Sagel said it’s another aspect of Temple’s identity as a program. “[The commute] makes for a long day,” Sagel said. “We leave at [2 p.m.], and get back at [7 p.m.] … but that’s part of what makes us ‘us’ … we try to use it to our advantage, and we roll with it.” Temple’s soccer field is limited by restrictions like no lighting for night games, as well as limited seating, as there are only eight small bleachers on one side of the field. By comparison, the University of Connecticut’s facility, Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, is a lighted field that seats 5,100. Like UConn, every other men’s and women’s soccer program in the American Athletic Conference, has stadium lighting and contains more seating than what is offered at Ambler Campus. Most of the fields used in The American sit on campus or a few blocks away from the boundaries of the university. One exception is East Carolina’s Johnson Soccer Stadium, which lies about a mile south of the center of its campus. But the facility offers a 1,000-seat grandstand, a press box and has a drainage system that can drain 26 inches of rain per hour. The other outlier is the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, where Memphis plays. It sits about 14 miles southwest of the university, which equates to around a 20-minute drive. Aside from Temple, it’s the longest distance from university to facility in The American. The main difference is the Tigers’ facility contains 16 FIFA regulation-size soccer fields, as well as a 2,500 seat stadium. The four million dollar complex covers 136.17 acres and contains fully paved walkways throughout the facility. The central stadium features a skybox, full media services, and a food court, while all sixteen fields have overhead lights. For the athletes, locker rooms and showers sit inside the stadium structure, as well as administrative offices and a conference room. The complex has paid dividends for the Tigers since they started competing there in 2001, as both the men’s and women’s programs have combined for 10 seasons with 10 or more wins and four Conference-USA championships. Bringing the soccer teams right next to campus is a move administrators hope will spark more interest in the programs. Deputy Director of Athletics Pat Kraft described how student involvement is key to driving the increase in

head coach Elvis Forde said he away. I think if anything hapfeels the university won’t take pens from here, it will have to anything else away from the be added.” men’s cross In June, country proTemple purgram, and that chased the lot the team could where William see a continPenn High ued increase in School curresources. rently sits. The “I would property will believe that be used for a they will be new athletic enhancing the for Alex Izewiski / runner complex men’s cross Temple’s men’s country in the future in terms of and women’s soccer programs, scholarships,” Forde said. “I’m women’s track team and, ponot going to sit here and believe tentially, the field hockey and you can take anything else more lacrosse programs, Athletic Di-

“It’s kind of nice,

but we don’t have a track team, so it kind of sucks. It’s bittersweet.







SEATING CAPACITY OF CONNECTICUT’S HOME STADIUM awareness. “The students are what drive that energy,” Kraft said. “The energy they bring, that’s what the focus is for … with any [athletic] department, that’s what brings the energy in the building.” Similarly, women’s soccer coach Seamus O’Connor said he thinks the new complex will be able to compete with any other facility in the city, in terms of his sport. “I think it’s going to be the best soccer facility in the city,” O’Connor said. “It will bring fans out not just from Temple, but it will also help in recruiting local kids, as well as foreign players ... it’s just going to be huge for our program.” O’Connor’s squad currently practices exclusively at Edberg-Olson Hall, in order to cut out the commute and also practice at a faster speed than the natural grass field at Ambler. For men’s coach David MacWilliams and his team, it’s a different story. They split practice between Ambler, the Pavilion, and EdbergOlson depending on what type of surface they’ll be playing on in their next match. More importantly, MacWilliams said the lack of an on-campus stadium with lighting can hurt overall fan turnout. A facility closer to Main Campus could change that, MacWilliams said. “If you’re playing on campus and under the lights, you’re going to get maybe 1,000, 2,000 [to show up],” he said. “And that’s a great atmosphere for the student-athlete to play under.” * steve.bohnel@temple.edu T @SteveSportsGuy1

rector Kevin Clark said. The complex is anticipated to be opened in 2016. “That was some of the information that was shared with me once I came here,” Forde said, referring to the William Penn property. “Some nice things help enhance what you want to do. DeBarberie expressed mixed emotions about the idea of a new track facility near Main Campus. “[It would be] kind of like a slap in the face a little bit, but I still think it’s good that the women are getting a new track,” DeBarberie said.

Moving forward, Forde and DeBarberie said they feel the program is heading in the right direction. “[We are] definitely moving forward in the right direction because [cross country coach James] Snyder and [assistant distance coach Steve] Fuelling are both great coaches who know what they are doing,” DeBarberie said. “We are off to a very good start,” Forde said. “Our girls, our cross country guys have bought into the program.” Previously in his career, Forde served 13 years as the head coach at Austin Peay State where he started the school’s program. “We started the program from zero and had some successes in terms of kids going to the NCAA event, a couple of championships and was always right around the top three or four teams in the conference,” Forde said. With this experience, Forde believes Temple can become a notable program. “Eventually, I would like to see this program be very successful and I think it’s going to take some commitment from the administration as well from our coaching staff,” Forde said. “I’m going to have the expectation that we start having some success and I’m going to hope that our administration realizes that in order to have success they might have to invest.” * edward.lefurge@temple.edu T @Ed_LeFurge_III

New facilities expected to boost recruiting effort Many coaches feel new locker rooms bring pride to teams. NICK TRICOME The Temple News Aaron Murphy never brought it up. For the past few years, the women’s gymnastics coach hoped visiting recruits wouldn’t ask to see the team’s locker room, since he would be forced to say, “Well, we don’t really have one.” The team was put in a shared facility last year, Murphy said, a first for a program that never had its own locker room before that point. But the team didn’t get a space to truly call its own until August, when it and the university’s other Olympic teams were introduced to their new facilities. Women’s gymnastics, field hockey, lacrosse, track & field, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s soccer, rowing, volleyball, fencing and golf all received new locker rooms coming into the 2014-15 school year. “At first it was indescribable,” senior gymnast Lauren Capone said. “When we first heard that we were getting them, you have a picture in your head, but once I actually saw it, it blew my mind. It was so nice, and now it’s so convenient to have it down there. It feels like we earned it and they gave us something that was really nice for how we’ve done as a team and as a program.” “I just think it’s really going to push our team and other teams to be better than they ever have been before,” Capone added. Field hockey and lacrosse have rooms separated by a com-

mon area, a space in the basement of McGonigle Hall that was formerly a general locker room for multiple sports, while the other spaces downstairs are interconnected by a lounge area. Men’s and women’s soccer have also seen renovations to their locker room facility at the Ambler Campus. Their field has seen some upgrades, too, like an improved playing surface, more seating and a permanent press box. Elvis Forde, who was hired as the track & field/cross country coach prior to the start of the school year, came in just as the new spaces were being unveiled. Even though he wasn’t coaching this time last year, his fresh perspective hasn’t kept him from seeing the effects. “A lot of this happened before I got here,” Forde said. “But it has made a tremendous impact on our young ladies in terms of track & field and cross country on this team, then also on our men’s cross country program as well.” “Any time you have a locker of your own, some place to call home after practice or after travel, I think those are great things to want to have,” Forde added. “That is one of the things that I think our athletes have enjoyed this semester.” Forde said the locker rooms are a start for the athletic department in pushing its programs forward. The Board of Trustees voted to cut seven of the university’s Division I programs on Dec. 6, 2013, but elected to reinstate the men’s crew and women’s rowing teams on Feb. 25, 2014. The money saved from cuts would be invested into the remaining programs. While interviewing, Forde said he wouldn’t have come to Temple had he not been con-

vinced that the athletic department was trying to move in the right direction. “From my perspective, I wouldn’t have come if during my interview they didn’t indicate that they are trying to build these programs to a successful level,” Forde said. “I want to be successful. I want a staff that is attached to our program to be successful.” Based on his interview, he believed the department wanted the same. “I’m going to ask all the questions that are going to ensure that we can get the exact support that we need to be successful,” Forde said. “And in my interview with [senior associate athletic director Joe Giunta] and [athletic director Kevin Clark], they indicated that they want the program to be successful and they’re doing everything that they can.” At the same time, Forde said, each program has to find and develop the athletes it needs in order to grow. He declined to comment on the cuts, noting that he wasn’t here at the time, but he said his run as coach would be the start of a new era for his respective teams. “We’re going to move forward,” he said. “And I hope that all the things that [the athletic department] did or talked about doing are going to continue to happen here, and these programs are going to keep getting better, based on the financial support and facilities that they are looking forward to invest in our students and give them that great experience that they truly can call Temple home.” * nick.tricome@temple.edu T @itssnick215


After the elimination of the men’s track & field team, the cross country program has received new equipment and recourses. PAGE 19

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Locker room and facility renovations have brought the university more in line with its conference rivals. PAGE 19

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‘The Arms Race’ An exploration of the athletic department’s progress in the American Athletic Conference following the elimination of five varsity sports. through the spring semester, and although the Board of Trustees reversed its original decision to put an end to crew and rowing, it reheat wave was approaching Main fused to budge on the other five. On this hazy summer evening, baseball, Campus as the fight neared its end. softball, men’s gymnastics and men’s indoor When the clock struck mid and outdoor track & field were stripped of night on July 1, with little fantheir Division I sponsorship. fare or recognition, five varsity sports were The hot spell lasted only three days, but officially eliminated from Temple’s athletic in the eyes of Athletic Director Kevin Clark, department. Coaches and students battled to the direction of the athletic department has yet save the cut programs from last December to change course. Nearing his one-year anni-


EJ SMITH Sports Editor

versary since being promoted to his position, Clark wants his athletic program to persevere. “Keep chopping wood,” he said when discussing the long road ahead for Temple Athletics. In an exclusive interview with The Temple News, Clark and other high-ranking athletic department officials outlined their vision of the future: broad-based competition among all Temple sports, from revenue programs like football and men’s basketball, to non-revenue sports like women’s soccer and tennis.

However, after a lackluster performance in the inaugural year of play in the American Athletic Conference, formerly known as the Big East Conference, the department faces an uphill battle. While the athletic department has made progress, it still faces the challenges of gaining ground in The American, where none of the remaining varsity sports won a conference tournament game in 2013, compiling a collec-



Following cuts, teams receive new facilities Currently traveling to Ambler, the soccer teams are one of the few teams in The American without an on-campus facility.

The athletic administration has set deadlines to renovate facilities and relocate teams.

STEVE BOHNEL The Temple News

ANDREW PARENT Assistant Sports Editor

It’s a long ride to the Ambler Sports Complex. Both of Temple’s soccer teams deal with the 45-minute commute with each home game they play. It’s been the Owls’ destination for home matches since 2004, and sits right next to Ambler Campus, which has an undergraduate enrollment of about 2,300 students. Junior women’s goalie Shauni Kerkhoff said that playing at Ambler doesn’t always feel like a true home match, especially when considering other Philadelphia schools. “It’s kind of weird,” Kerkhoff said. “It doesn’t really feel like you’re having home games because you’re traveling. … Games where we play St. Joseph’s La Salle, Villanova, they’re closer than our home field … so it’s really weird because those are away games but they feel like home games.” Likewise, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel also have stadiums closer to Main Campus than Ambler. Now, however, the athletic department has a plan to bring the soccer teams closer to Main Campus. Temple is planning to utilize part of the former site of William Penn High School, which sits a couple blocks south of campus on Broad Street, between Master Street and Girard Avenue, as the new soccer facility. Temple purchased the property for $15 million this past August after the William Penn Development Coalition fought the sale in July. Athletic Director Kevin Clark said the university is still in the

A shattered window pane rests against the back of the East Park Canoe House. Its outer walls are riddled with chipped paint, and the decrepit property is surrounded by a Federal Rent-A-Fence. Its boating dock, crew assistant coach Brian Perkins said, washed away in a storm. This is the place the crew and rowing teams proudly call their home. “I honestly think it builds character,” rowing senior captain Moira Meekes said. The crew team carries its boats to a dock downriver from a storage tent – the team’s current home – both before and after each practice. The rowing team does the same, but its tent is situated closer to the dock than the crew tent. After the EPCH was condemned in 2008, the teams use the two tents and an outdoor trailer along the Schuylkill for year-round storage. “I’m always nervous,” Perkins said. “We keep [the boats] outside, which isn’t good for these sleek racing shells.” In time, the two programs will have their home back, thanks to a $5.5 million


renovation from funds donated by the City championship, World Cup and Olympic of Philadelphia and Temple trustee H.F. medals. The team’s head coach, Gavin “Gerry” Lenfest. White, is a five-time U.S. National Rowing The move joins a slew of recent or in- Team coach. progress upgrades on the university’s part Still, the program runs without a perto its facilities, which include new locker manent home. rooms for several varsity sports, updates On the same day it was announced that to both McGonigle Hall and the Liacouras the crew and rowing teams would be reinCenter, along with a new athletic complex stated after its initial inclusion in last Deon the William Penn High School property cember’s athletic cuts, President Theobald to be finalized by 2016. The new complex, and Mayor Michael Nutter announced the announced on the heels of Temple’s $15 renovation of the EPCH in February, and million purchase of the said the process would take property during the sum12-18 months. mer, will house the men’s On Oct. 1, eight and women’s soccer teams, months after the original along with women’s track timetable given for the & field. boathouse’s renovation, Athletic Director Clark said construction Kevin Clark said the deshould be completed in 12partment is also looking at 18 months. field hockey and lacrosse “I’ve heard nothing as a possibility to move Brian Perkins / crew assistant coach from facilities,” Perkins to the new complex. Both said. “Now, on paper, I’m sports currently play at Geasey Field on just some assistant coach. Nobody’s reMain Campus, which is located on 15th and quired to talk to me. But my feeling in Norris streets. speaking to [rowing head coach Rebecca Grzybowski and White] is nobody’s really communicating to anybody. But again, ‘OUT IN THE COLD’ Men’s crew clinched a Grand Finale there might not be anything to communiappearance in Great Britain’s renowned cate.” Aside from the winter months, the Henley Royal Regatta in 1984, and has teams take refuge in their tents before and competed in the quarterfinal four times. after each practice. At one point, they didn’t Several of the team’s alumni have earned

“We were

completely al fresco. We were just standing out in the cold.

international crew honors, including world



The men’s and women’s soccer teams have seen upgrades in transportation, now riding on coach buses (left). The former William Penn property (center) is expected to be completed in 12-18 months. The East Park Canoe House (right) currently features a Federal Rent-A-Fence and is expected to also receive complete renovations during the next 12-18 month period.

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